Local Derby bricklayer Zack Lysaczenko training to compete in the ‘skills Olympics’

A former construction apprentice at Derby College is training to compete for his country – and industry – at the world ‘skills Olympics’ in 2017.

No surprise in results of UKCES employer skills survey, says BSRIA, but plenty to cause concern

Construction and building services association BSRIA has said it is not “wholly surprised” at the findings of a survey that has revealed the extent to which the construction industry is struggling to recruit people with the skills it needs.

Ministers call on construction industry to invest in the next generation of builders

Ministers have called on construction chiefs to be “ambitious” in developing a plan to alleviate the pressure on skills and encourage more young people to consider a career in the industry.

More youngsters choose apprenticeships as choices grow for school leavers

More young people across England are on the fast-track to a great career with a top quality apprenticeship.

Osborne to build new construction centre to train future workforce

City College Brighton and Hove will soon have a new Construction & Trades Centre at the College’s City College East Campus on Wilson Avenue, designed to be a leading educational and training hub for Brighton & Hove’s next generation of construction workers.

Missing workforce ramps up pressure on labour markets

Global labour markets are approaching crisis point as the supply of skilled workers struggles to keep pace with demand.

Northern Powerhouse threatened by 200,000 worker shortage

The construction industry have warned that any boost in productivity offered by the Conservative government’s Northern Powerhouse plan is threatened by a lack of available workers on the ground.

Bogus training courses come under fire

Dodgy training providers who promise fake apprenticeships face prosecution under new government reforms.

EC Harris and Carillion call for more highly qualified surveyors

Four senior figures at top construction companies have added their backing to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) call for more highly qualified surveyors.

Three in five construction workers don’t have an employment contract

More than 60% of construction workers polled by admitted that they didn’t have an employment contract and a further 20% said that they weren’t sure whether they did have a contract or not.

Brandon Lewis calls on youngsters to build a career in construction

The Housing Minister has called on young people to consider a construction career as he welcomed the first apprentices to a brickwork academy.

BSRIA warns Government’s all-industry apprenticeship levy could “kill off” CITB system

Government plans to introduce a new all-industry apprenticeship levy could do more harm than good for the construction industry, according to concerns raised by BSRIA.

Emanuel Whitaker opens Salford training centre as part of multi-million pound contract wins

An Oldham-based construction firm has established an apprentice training centre as part of its new depot in Salford.

Rise of the machines causing skills shortages, new report finds

The advance of robotics and 3D printing is boosting the demand for highly-skilled, IT literate workers in the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector, according to a new study by the government’s skills experts the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

NEC launches 'future proof' training programme

As the rejuvenated post-recession construction industry continues to contribute upwards of £92.4 billion in annual economic output and support more than 2.1 million UK jobs; the NEC suite of contracts has answered unprecedented demand for ‘future-proof’ training with the launch of a new designated commercial management course.

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2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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