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.
Have a read of some of our articles below for your HR and skills fix! 

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Construction workers put their health at risk

A new study has revealed three quarters of people will risk their health because of work commitments, with construction workers among the worst offenders… Construction workers are more likely to risk their health because of work commitments than other sectors, according to a new study. The study, which was carried out...
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New chair for Construction Leadership Council

Sir David Higgins is set to hand over the reins to Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme, who will become chair from next week… In a bid to streamline the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), the number of members has been slashed from 30 to 13. This move follows calls to make...
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Can the UK meet increased construction demand?

Addressing the skills shortage in the construction and engineering sector remains a difficult challenge, but is it one that can be overcome? PBC Today discusses… The government is pushing for more homes and more infrastructure, but the construction sector is in the throes of a very real skills shortage that...
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New managing director for BAM Properties

BAM Properties is set to gain a new managing director after John Burke retires following a 25 year career with the firm… Glasgow-based BAM Properties, the property development arm of BAM Construct UK, has appointed a new managing director. John Burke, who was with the firm for almost 25 years, is...
London mayor urges apprentices to choose careers in construction

London mayor urges apprentices to choose careers in construction

The Mayor of London has entered a partnership with Lloyds Banking Group to launch a £1m Construction Skills fund… In a bid to get more young people into careers in the construction sector, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has teamed up with Lloyds Banking Group to launch a new fund. The...
Construction recruiter is the first to join the Institute of Customer Service

Construction recruiter is the first to join the Institute of Customer Service

A leading construction sector recruiter has become the first in the UK to join the Institute of Customer Service… Edinburgh-based consultancy firm Peace Recruitment, which focuses on the construction, property, and engineering sectors, has met a major milestone by becoming the first recruitment firm to join the Institute of Customer...
Plans to boost apprenticeships and transform training unveiled

Plans to boost apprenticeships and transform training unveiled

The government is outlining radical changes aimed at boosting the number of apprenticeships and improving the quality of training courses…
98 per cent of tradesmen have second jobs

98 per cent of tradesmen have a second job

A new survey has revealed the majority of tradesmen have side jobs to make ends meet… In a survey of over 1,000 builders, plumbers, and carpenters nearly all admitted they undertake ‘hobbles’ or side jobs alongside their main role. The survey, carried out by constructaquote.com, asked respondents whether their employers were...
Scottish employment sees a five per cent rise

Scottish employment sees a five per cent rise

Construction employment in Scotland saw boost in the three month period to June, according to new figures… Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that in the three month period to June 2015 construction employment in Scotland rose by 9,000 to 176,000. The sector has undoubtedly enjoyed...
Planning firm expands team in Reading

Planning firm expands team in Reading

National planning consultancy firm expands its team in Reading with three new appointments… Three senior consultants are the latest additions to planning firm Turley. The company’s Reading office was expanded following an increased demand from clients. Tim Burden, Donna Palmer, and David Wetherill have extensive experience in the sector. Burden will...
SRA shuts down construction law firm

SRA shuts down construction law firm

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has shut down a West Yorkshire construction law firm for major failings… An experienced construction law firm has been shut down for failings, it has emerged. Barringtons Legal, which has its headquarters in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was established in 2013. The firm was started by experienced...
More than 60 per cent of construction workers without a contract

More than 60 per cent of construction workers without a contract

A new survey has revealed a significant number of construction workers do not have a contract of employment… In a poll of 1,043 construction workers, three in five reported they did not have a contract of employment. A further 20 per cent admitted they were not sure if they had...

Developing Lean Expertise – a Lean Construction Training Day

Developing Lean Expertise - a Lean Construction Training Day will be held on 28th October 2015 at Birmingham Metropolitan College (from 08.45 to 17.00) The Lean Construction Institute UK (LCI-UK) will this year, for the first time, be offering a Lean Construction Training Day, for anyone who would like to learn...
Concerns raised over new apprenticeship levy

Concerns raised over new apprenticeship levy

Government plans for a new apprenticeship levy could have a significant impact on the Construction Industry Training Board… The BSRIA has raised concerns about the introduction of a new apprenticeship levy, warning it could spark the end of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Building consultancy firm BSRIA said construction firms...

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