One of the UK’s leading engineering and design firms has called on the government to act urgently over the stalled Learning and Skills Council (LSC) programme, claiming that hundreds of design-sector jobs are at risk
The AJ reported on 19 March that jobs in UK practices were on the line because of more delays to the procurement of further educational colleges.
Despite assurances that the 21-firm framework will continue, the LSC has not indicated when, or if, the £2.3 billion worth of projects stalled will get the green light.
Atkins is among the largest of the UK firms to have won design contracts for the LSC programme – set up to refurbish further–education establishments throughout the UK – which is now under serious threat.
Paul Dollin, managing director of Atkins’ design and engineering business, says: ‘At peak, we would expect to have around 250 staff employed on LSC projects with the contracts we have won, and any threat to that work could have an obvious impact.’