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19 Mar 2009
Learning and Skills Council Programme
Hundreds of design sector jobs threatened by LSC programme delays, warns industry leader
The government review into further education funding must report urgently if action is to be taken to prevent hundreds of job losses in the engineering and design sector according to Atkins, the biggest player in the market.
The stalled Learning and Skills Council (LSC) programme was designed to refurbish further education establishments but as we have heard today many colleges are now facing bankruptcy because of funding issues. That is now also presenting a serious potential problem for companies working on the projects.
Atkins, the UK’s leading engineering design consultancy, has won 13 multidisciplinary design contracts to refurbish sites through the LSC programme so far and is shortlisted for a further eight. The work involves providing architectural, engineering and IT services.
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.
“This is especially true now when the market is not providing as many opportunities, making it harder to relocate staff in the short term.”
Atkins, is the only company to be have been awarded framework agreements for college renewal designs across all three of the LSC’s regions in England – North, South and Central. Off the back of that success it has undertaken a national recruitment campaign in response to the demand for its services.
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Atkins is a multinational engineering and design consultancy, providing expertise to help resolve complex challenges presented by the built and natural environment. Atkins is the largest multidisciplinary consultancy in Europe, the largest engineering consultancy in both the UK and the Middle East, and the UK’s second largest architecture firm.
Atkins is the official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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