26 Mar 2020
The Infrastructure and Project Authority (IPA) has initiated a series of monthly round-table meetings to look at interventions to maintain the skills supply in the face of competing demands from large UK projects.
The forum consists of a an existing Project Infrastructure team of EDF, ECITB, CITB, and consultants WLC Ltd, and has now been broadened to include the NSSG and the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR).
The group is chaired by the IPA but also has attendance from HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office.
Through EDF, the team also links to the joint government-industry Infrastructure Client Group whose members include EDF Energy, Environment Agency, Heathrow, Highways England, HS2, National Grid, Sellafield Ltd, Tideway and Transport for London.
The importance of infrastructure planning has received additional focus following manifesto commitments that the government now needs to progress.
Consideration is being given to a national/regional workforce plan, although these are at early an stage and the range of projects and existing Whitehall interventions is complex.
Initial meetings have focussed on developing thinking on the impact of areas such as: geography, modern methods of construction, regulation, and more broadly, what government can do to provide confidence for the supply chain to invest, innovate, and train.
What the Infrastructure and Projects Authority does
The authority is the government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects. It supports the successful delivery of all types of infrastructure and major projects: ranging from railways, schools, hospitals and housing, to defence, IT and major transformation programmes.
• Supporting and de-risking the most complex and high risk projects
• Developing the skills and capability of the people who deliver projects
• Overseeing the project life-cycle from policy, initiation and financing to independent assurance Priorities
Five core teams include experts in infrastructure, project delivery and project finance who work with government departments and industry.