The Construction Sector Deal, announced on 5 July 2018, has its origin in three key policy areas:
- The Farmer Review in 2016, looking at low levels of productivity in the sector
- The industrial strategy published by the coalition government in 2013, Construction 2025, concerned with lowering costs and emissions and increasing exports, and
- The government's industrial strategy announced in November 2017
The deal is a partnership between the government and construction sector which aims to transform construction through innovative technologies, backed by a joint £420 million investment. The aim is to build healthier, safer and more affordable places to live which consume less energy. It is hoped the use of 'smart' construction will be able to produce houses, schools and other buildings which can be manufactured off-site and assembled where needed.
The government will also work with the Construction Industry Training Board to focus on future skills and increase the number of apprenticeships to 25,000 by 2020, as well as expanding training for the existing workforce.