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Olympic hurdle

Army recruitment style television advertising has been launched by the construction industry to attract the best and brightest to fill the Olympic Games labour gap.

Peter Lobban, of CITB-ConstructionSkills said: "With the pound;400 million Olympic bid (for 2012), the pound;10 billion Crossrail Link and pound;76 billion ring-fenced by the government for investment in public projects over the next five years, sustainability is dependent on long-term commitment to quality training and starter jobs.

"We intend to squeeze out the cowboy builder, by getting the right people in."

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