Chancellor George Osborne details new levy plans for an apprenticeship revolution and inject extra spending into driving forward house building.
The Autumn Statement and Spending Review delivers £20bn of cuts to Whitehall budgets but also set out plans for what will be billed as the biggest affordable housebuilding programme since the 1970s.
Concerned contractors are also awaiting details of the new apprenticeship levy, which is reported to have been set at around 0.3% of payroll and apply to firms employing over 150 employees.
The plan raises serious questions about the future role of the CITB when the old levy system comes up for review in 2017 as the majority of large employers are expected to resist paying two training levies.
While bigger firms are firmly in the Government sights as agents to boost apprenticeships around 60% of construction employment is with firms employing up to 50 staff.
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