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.

Skills need has changed the UK’s perspective on apprenticeships

Natasha Levanti, Group Communications Executive at ACE outlines how the shortage of skilled workers has changed how the country views apprenticeships...  The UK field of engineering faces a retention gap that, in the next decade, is estimated to cost up to £9.5 billion, as well as a lack of skills...

Construction industry needs apprentices

Graham Nicholson, Executive Managing Director at Tony Gee and Partners, Chair at TAC, discusses the need for more apprentices in the construction sector... The construction industry is facing a skills shortage.  There are not enough young people entering the profession to meet current employer’s requirements and counter the number of...

Survey reveals industry view on skills shortage

A new survey carried out by the BRE Academy has revealed an insight into what the industry thinks of the shortage of skilled workers… BRE Academy has launched a new report based on findings from a survey of 300 industry professionals. The BRE Academy Skills Survey, carried out with support from...

Construction industry training specialist wins Hanson UK contract

National construction industry training specialist DTL has been awarded a major contract with building material supplier Hanson UK… Develop Training Limited (DTL) has been awarded a contract to provide electrical training equipment for 1,000 Hanson UK employees. Hanson UK, which has five training centres in England and Wales, is a leading...

Construction health survey launched

A new initiative has been launched to deliver baseline data on the health and wellbeing of employees in the building services engineering sector… The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), and Constructing Better Health have joined together to deliver a major initiative on occupational health in...

Plans to be submitted for a new £3.3m construction skills centre

A planning application is set to be submitted for a construction skills centre in Somerset… Bath College is set to submit planning permission to build a new £3.3m construction skills centre in Westfield, Somerset. The college is hoping to build the centre at the Somer Valley campus. It will create “a...

A celebration of apprentices in Scotland

Natasha Levanti, ACE Group Communications Executive celebrates the rising number of apprentices in Scotland which has reached a five-year high… The Scottish Build Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) as well as the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have both released figures around the Scottish Apprenticeship Week (29 February – 4...

ICE meeting brings industry together to discuss skills shortage

Representatives from industry and academia came together in Nottingham to discuss how the skills shortage could affect the delivery of future infrastructure projects… The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) held a breakfast meeting on 26 February to bring together industry experts and academics to examine the impact of the skill...

Construction ambassador scheme launched to tackle skills gap

Contractor firm Forrest has launched a new scheme aimed at promoting the opportunities for young people in the construction sector… The skills shortage is undoubtedly the greatest barrier to progress in the construction industry at the present. Addressing this challenge is neither easy nor will it be quick. The government...

Job losses set for Laing O’Rourke

Restructuring of Laing O’Rourke will see some 200 staff members lose their jobs Private contractor Laing O’Rourke has revealed plans to cut 200 jobs as it seeks to restructure its operations. It is thought the majority of jobs lost will be back office roles, and the firm said it will likely...

Skills shortage warning issued by Barratt

Despite seeing a strong performance over the past six months, Barratt warned skills shortages are pushing up the cost of building… The house building sector could be at risk due to the ongoing skills shortage, which is increasing construction costs. Barratt reported it has experienced a surge in pre-tax profits, rising...

Bovis Homes replaces poor performing contractors

Poor productivity and quality of work has forced house building firm Bovis Homes to replace a substantial number of contractors across its sites… Substandard performance of trade contractors has pushed Bovis Homes to re-evaluate its sites. The firm said replacing poorly performing contractors had pushed building costs up by some...

Hundreds of construction workers needed to build new town

Some 280 construction workers are required to create a new town near Plymouth that will see over 5,000 homes built… Hundreds of construction staff will be needed to build 5,500 homes in the new town of Sherford. The consortium working on the market town said it will need hundreds of construction...

Civil engineering costs will drive tender prices

A new analysis from RICS has revealed the cost of civil engineering will be a key driver of tender prices over the next five years… The latest report from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has shown civil engineering costs will impact tender prices over the next half a...

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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.