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! 

2015 construction hiring numbers soar

2015 construction hiring numbers soar

The construction sector will see an increase in the number of new staff hired in the first part of 2015, according to a new survey. A rapid increase in employment prospects within the construction industry will see the number of new staff taken on in the first part of 2015...
Kier in takeover talks with Mouchel

Kier in takeover talks with Mouchel

Kier has confirmed it has held preliminary talks with consultant Mouchel regarding a possible takeover. Construction company Kier has revealed it is discussing the possibility of taking over consultant firm Mouchel. The deal, if it goes ahead, could boost Kier's presence in the civil engineering sector. In a statement to the Stock...

Construction dust: high risk, low risk?

Terry Slater, Director of SMH Training & Scientific Services UK LTD highlights the dangers of construction dust and solutions to reduce the risks An estimated 5.5 million workers are exposed each year to hazardous gases, vapours, and airborne particles, and many of these workers are from the construction industry. The...
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Barratt boss warns of skilled workers shortage

Mark Clare, Chief Executive of Barratt Developments, has warned that a shortage of skilled workers could prevent the country from tackling the housing crisis. A lack of skilled workers will prevent the country from delivering the homes needed to address the housing crisis, according to Barratt Developments boss Mark Clare. He...
£2m funding to close construction skills gap

£2m funding to close construction skills gap

A new London-based scheme will receive £2m worth of funding to help tackle the shortage of skilled construction workers in the area. Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced £2m has been committed to a new project aimed at increasing the number of skilled construction workers in Greater London. The money...
Mott MacDonald links with university

Mott MacDonald links with Birmingham university

Mott MacDonald and Birmingham City University are to enter a partnership to teach construction students how to problems solve and to develop people skills. A partnership between engineering consultancy company Mott MacDonald and Birmingham City University will help construction students to develop people skills and learn to solve problems. The course,...

The CDM-C route to added value

John Lacey, Past President of IOSH describes how CDM Regulations are meant to operate, and what qualities a CDM-C should possess.  The 6 European Directives introduced in 1992 created a major change in industry as a whole, and not only the construction industry. The foundation of ‘risk based’ safety was...

Clients under pressure: CDM201X?

Following on from the proposed changes to the CDM Regulations from the HSE, David Carr, MD of Callsafe Services Ltd examines whether the client is more likely to be prosecuted under the new regime. The gun has been fired, and we are now all in the race to see if we...

A new CDM – a wholesale change

James Ritchie, Head of Corporate Affairs at The Association for Project Safety (APS) examines the new proposals for CDM regulations and outlines what challenges they present for health and safety in construction. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have finally published their long-awaited Consultation Document for their proposed changes to the...

Local skills – fit for purpose

Sarah Fenton Head of Local Sector Strategy at CITB describes how their new Joint Investment Strategy aims to tackle skills shortages at a local level. Last autumn, the CITB announced a new £10m Joint Investment Strategy (JIS) targeted on the development of construction skills across the 8 core city Local...
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Engineering the stars of our future

The Construction Plant-hire Association discuss the benefits and the importance of apprentices for the construction, mechanical and engineering sector. In May 2013 at the inaugural PLANTWORX construction equipment exhibition, the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) hosted the ‘Stars of the Future’ plant mechanic apprenticeship awards presentation at a star-studded ceremony full...
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All new construction skills centre launched

The Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet have approved plans to establish a construction skills centre in the borough The specialist skills centre based in Kidbrooke will add to the growing number of local centres of excellence, where residents can gain skills and training qualifications in key sectors. The centre would...

The real cost of workplace bullying

Dr Lynda Shaw, a chartered psychologist discusses the effects workplace bullying has on businesses. The crippling effects of workplace bullying, which is rife in the UK but often goes unnoticed and unreported, is taking an immeasurable toll on our workforce.  With one fifth of all UK employees experiencing some form...
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Tackling the construction skills shortage ‘time bomb’

William Burton at CITB explains the importance of up-skilling the next generation of workers to meet growth in the construction sector

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