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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.

New president for the Electrical Contractors’ Association

The Electrical Contractors’ Association has appointed a new president… Building services engineer businessman David Kieft has stepped into the role of president of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), it has emerged. The ECA, which represents building engineering contractors, will see Kieft take over from former president Andy Basham, who had been...

New study reveals problems with construction trainee qualifications

Information gathered via a Freedom of Information request has found a significant number of people studying a construction qualification will never be able to work on site… Some 167,000 young people studying towards a construction qualification will not be able to work on site, it has emerged. The information, which was...

Blacklisting firms formally apologise to victims

Leading construction firms tied to the blacklisting of hundreds of construction workers have issued a formal apology… Construction firms tangled up in the blacklisting scandal have formally apologised for their part. The blacklist was brought to light in 2009, after the Information Commissioners Office raided the office where the files...

Brickwork boss gains support for skills academy

A builder planning to establish his own national construction skills academy has gained the support of parliament… Ilkeston-born builder Ian Hodgkinson has received support from MPs to create his own skills academy. Hodgkinson, of Hodgkinson Brickwork Contractors, attended Westminster last week for the Building Britain’s Future event. This aimed to investigate...

Blacklisted construction workers win millions as legal battle ends

Construction workers placed on a recruitment blacklist have been granted millions in compensation… The legal battle against major construction firm who placed so-called troublesome workers on a recruitment blacklist has concluded with some £10m compensation handed out. The 256 workers represented by union Unite were awarded the money depending upon how...

Government should “radically rethink” apprentice training levy

The CBI has called on the government to “radically rethink” the apprenticeship training levy, due to come into force next year… The apprenticeship levy should be reconsidered before it comes into force next year, according to the UK’s largest business lobby group. The Confederation of British Industry said the government...

Skills shortage boosts salaries

Small building firms have reported an increase in salaries due to the skills shortage… A new survey has revealed salaries for small building firms are rising as a result of the skills shortage. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) published their latest State of Trade Survey for quarter one, 2016. The...

EU exit risks UK engineering

A leading organisation has warned leaving the EU could put UK engineering at risk, heightening the skills crisis… The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has warned leaving the EU could lead to increased skills shortages and difficulties with research funding for engineering. The shortage of skilled workers in the construction...

Steel crisis could trigger skills emergency

Specialist recruiter Randstad CPE has warned the crisis in the British Steel Industry could lead to a wider industrial skills emergency… Failure to act in the steel crisis could trigger a wider industrial skills emergency. Specialist engineering and construction recruiter Randstad CPE warned the problems facing the British steel industry...

Blacklisted whistleblower sues contractors

Alan Wainwright, the man who blew the whistle on blacklisting within the construction industry, is making his own legal claim… Alan Wainwright is pursuing 54 legal claims against contractors and recruiters who denied him work after blowing the whistle on blacklisting activities in the construction sector. Wainwright exposed how thousands of...

Demand for skills remains strong despite downturn

Despite construction output falling in February, it is likely demand for skilled construction workers will remain strong, says recruitment specialist… Demand for skilled construction workers is likely to remain high despite a downturn in output. Earlier in the week, it was reported there had been a fall due to uncertainty...

Balfour Beatty chief appointed to Construction Leadership Council

The chief executive of Balfour Beatty has been appointed to the Construction Leadership Council Leo Quinn, chief executive of Balfour Beatty, has been appointed a seat on the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). The CLC was created in 2013 to provide advice to the government on construction issues, and comprises of a...

Agreement signed to develop construction centre in Wales

A new construction training centre in Swansea will help train up to 1,100 workers a year... Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC), which will cost some £6.5m, expects to train 1,100 people a year, expanding the construction workforce in the region. It is hoped the project will offer high quality training for...

180 blacklisted workers claims settled

Another £15-20m compensation has been paid out to workers blacklisted by construction companies… Some 180 workers tied up in the blacklisting scandal have finally had their claims settled. Construction firms used the process of blacklisting to make hiring decisions, leading to a significant number of employees deemed to be troublemakers refused...

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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.