A new forum to boost construction jobs

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A new Construction Forum has been set up in West Lothian to help improve employment opportunities and strengthen partnerships within local industry.

The forum was set up by West Lothian Council alongside local building partners and West Lothian College.

It will be key in shaping the future opportunities the industry has to offer across professional and business disciplines – it will also help develop closer collaboration between construction-adjacent organizations based in West Lothian.

The forum aims to improve industry-wide collaboration, encourage young school leavers to join the industry, improve training and skills, increase supply chain opportunities and support sustainability and environmental goals.

Ashwood Scotland Managing Director Archie Meikle recently agreed to initiate and chair the West Lothian Construction Forum.

The Construction Forum will focus on four main areas: education, employability and training, construction and the local economy, and sustainability and the environment.

Archie Meikle said: “Having worked in construction for nearly 45 years and being deeply passionate about the industry and the local West Lothian economy, I therefore feel honored and privileged to have been asked to take on this role. .”

Executive Adviser for Development and Transport, Cathy Muldoon, said: “The construction sector is hugely important to West Lothian’s economy and this forum will aim to bring the industry together with the aim of improving opportunities for growth and create jobs.

“I think it’s really important that we ensure that young people have a clear path into the construction industry and that’s one of the main aims of the forum.

“I’m delighted we have Archie at the helm and he will bring a huge amount of experience and expertise.”

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