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New nuclear power stations and rail schemes forecast to create 232,000 jobs

New nuclear power stations and rail projects are set to drive growth in the construction industry, with 232,000 new jobs expected to be created in the next five years, according to a report.

Annual average growth of 2.5% was predicted by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), but the industry faces an ongoing skills "crisis."

The board called for more apprentices to deal with the increase in business, such as new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point in Somerset and Wylfa in north Wales, rail projects including Crossrail and HS2 as well as more housebuilding.

Steve Radley, policy director at the CITB, said: "All types of training, and especially apprenticeships, will be vital to delivering this pipeline of work.

"This positive forecast should inspire more people to start apprenticeships, and more firms to take them on."

Workers most in demand are expected to include carpenters and electricians.

Employment Minister Priti Patel said: "Today's report highlights the great opportunities on offer for people to take advantage of the three million new apprenticeships this Government is delivering."

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