On October 13, ICE Northern Ireland joined other industry bodies in a meeting with Secretary of State James Brokenshire to discuss the impact of Brexit and Northern Ireland's economic priorities.
ICE Northern Ireland Chairman Stephen Heaney informed the Secretary of uncertainties surrounding the impending apprenticeship levy, as well as the need to address the skills shortage facing civil engineering and the wider construction industry.
The group also discussed issues outlined in the Construction Group's published response to Brexit. ICE is one of several industry organisations in the Construction Group, which has raised concerns about the Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland border, migrant labour access, EU funding access, and materials – 64% of construction materials are from abroad.
"Being able to speak directly to Secretary Brokenshire is an invaluable opportunity for ICE and its members to have our voices heard," said Richard Kirk, ICE Regional Director.
"We look forward to our continued engagement with government leaders to ensure that civil engineering and infrastructure are top priorities for Northern Ireland."