HR & Skills News

As the construction sector battles ongoing skills shortages, we have a range of articles within the HR & Skills News section which draw attention to this and create debate around what the industry can do to help ease the skills gap. Also within the HR & Skills News category, we bring you the latest 'people movement' stories within the sector. Making sure you're up to date with all of the industry latest.

construction recruitment

Construction recruitment overhaul needed to combat skills shortages

The building engineering sector cannot replicate the past in its effort to solve the skills shortages – it is time for meaningful change in construction recruitment, say several leading industry figures.
Women in construction

Women in construction: Brooke Sharp discusses building her career

While most industries are becoming more inclusive it’s clear the construction industry still has some way to go. With just 14% of construction industry professionals being women, we sat down with Brooke Sharp, hire and site accommodation specialist at Cleveland Containers, about her career in construction and the importance of representation in the industry.
kickstart scheme

HS2 ‘kickstarts’ construction careers in the West Midlands

The government’s Kickstart scheme has provided young people from the West Midlands with full-time jobs supporting the construction of HS2.
best practice awards

BESA nominated for four categories at TAF Best Practice Awards

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has been recognised for its work in four different areas at this year’s prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards.
armed forces community

Kier re-signs Armed Forces Covenant to support Armed Forces community

Kier has re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging its commitment to the Armed Forces community.
Construction industry professionals

Construction industry professionals reflect on 2021 and predict 2022

As the year-end rolls in, some of the UK’s leading construction industry professionals have provided their insights on the past year, and the hopes, fears, challenges and opportunities they feel the coming year might bring.
modern slavery

Kier launches new modern slavery training initiative

Kier has announced its new initiative to train its mental first aiders to spot the signs of modern slavery and exploitation in the workplace.
migrant construction workers

Number of migrant construction workers falls whilst demand rises

The Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) annual migration report has revealed that the construction migrant workforce continues to fall and at a worryingly rapid speed, meanwhile demand, costs, and wages surge.
tax authorities

Property bosses banned for abusing tax authorities

Bosses of an East London property lettings company have been banned for 13.5 years, after an investigation found the company guilty of abusing tax authorities and failing to maintain company records.
plumbing apprentices

SNIPEF notes increased diversity among its plumbing apprentices

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) has seen increased diversity amongst its most recently recruited plumbing apprentices.
Julie Hood

Julie Hood appointed to lead Collinson Construction’s modular division

Collinson Construction has appointed Julie Hood as the new business development manager to support its modular construction division.
hiring young people

Balfour Beatty strengthens its commitment to hiring young people

Balfour Beatty has strengthened its commitment to hiring apprentices, graduates and trainees for the second year running.
social equity strategy

Multiplex releases social equity strategy to tackle construction inequality

Global construction contractor Multiplex has launched a 10-year social equity strategy, to help to address inequality and injustice in the construction industry.
Black men in construction

Skanska UK tackles under-representation of young Black men in construction

Skanska UK participates in programme to tackle the under-representation of young Black men in construction.
Constructing Excellence Awards

BAM bags Constructing Excellence awards for landmark projects

BAM Construction celebrates success at the 2021 Constructing Excellence Awards, after two landmark projects delivered by its North East team were recognised.
Disability Confident scheme

Travis Perkins plc commits to Disability Confident scheme

Travis Perkins plc has announced that it has signed up to the Department for Work & Pensions Disability Confident scheme.
increase diversity

Offsite Alliance and Building People partnership to increase diversity

Offsite Alliance and Building People to increase diversity across the construction sector, particularly offsite construction, through a new partnership.
balfour beatty will smith

Balfour Beatty appoints new MD to head up mechanical and electrical division 

Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick has announced the appointment of Will Smith as managing director, to provide strategic leadership to its mechanical and electrical business.
falling from height

Quarrying company fined £300,000 for safety breaches

Quarrying company Breedon Trading Ltd has been fined £300,000 for safety breaches, after a fly rock projection event occurred during the use of explosives, putting workers at risk
Dan Macey

Constructing Excellence South West appoints Dan Macey as new chair

Constructing Excellence South West (CESW) has appointed Dan Macey as the new chair, to lead positive change in the construction industry.
Stephen Marcos Jones

ACE appoints Stephen Marcos Jones as new chief executive

Stephen Marcos Jones has been appointed new chief executive of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), the business association for the design and management of infrastructure and the built environment.
Mirona Tomala

RICS announces 2021 Young Surveyor of the Year

Mirona Tomala has been crowned the ‘UK Young Surveyor of the Year’ at the RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards, which recognise the most inspiring and influential surveyors in the UK.
Joanne Halton

Tetra Tech appoints new planning director for the South West

Tetra Tech has appointed Joanne Halton, former head of planning at Rural Solutions, as its new planning director to support clients with the increasing number of self-build homes and bespoke developments across the South West.
Bryony Martin,

Mace appoints new industrial and nuclear directors

Mace has made two new senior appointments, as Bryony Martin joins Mace as the director for the UK’s central region and Dave Weatherburn becomes the newly appointed business director for nuclear.
James Griffin

NHBC appoints new regional director for the East

NHBC has appointed James Griffin as its new regional director to lead customer relations with builder clients in the East of England.
Bekir Andrews

Wates appoints Balfour sustainability boss to drive net zero goal

Wates has appointed Bekir Andrews, former sustainability boss at Balfour Beatty, as its new environmental sustainability director.

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HR & Skills News

As the construction sector battles ongoing skills shortages, we have a range of articles within the HR & Skills News section which draw attention to this and create debate around what the industry can do to help ease the skills gap.

Also within the HR & Skills News category, we bring you the latest ‘people movement’ stories within the sector. Making sure you’re up to date with all of the industry latest.