Fat-cat developers will have to train a Brit for every foreign worker visa they get under radical new plans being drawn up by Labour.
The party wants to introduce a “Britbuild” visa scheme once the UK has left the EU and regained control of its immigration policy.
Labour’s housing chief John Healey recognises the radical new Labour scheme that forces developers to hire one Brit for every foreigner as a ‘win-win’[/caption]
Under the plan, construction firms will have to train an apprentice for every foreign worker hired.
It is estimated this will cost around £25,000 a year for every Brit trained.
In return, builders will get access to a fast-track visa scheme so they can fill vacancies quicker.
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He told The Sun: “To build the homes the country needs, it’s vital that the housebuilding industry invests to train the next generation of construction workers.
“Government ministers must take a lead in kick-starting industry investment in better training and good jobs.”
He said housing giants can afford to pump more cash into their training programmes.
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He pointed out that developers Persimmon raked in annual profits of £1billion.
It is estimated that around one in five builders in Britain are from overseas – with most from the EU.
Research from the Department for Education found that two in five construction vacancies are hard to fill because not enough Brits have the skills.
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