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.

Yorkshire construction firms urged to tackle skills gaps

RICS has urged firms to do more to develop training-based employment opportunities to close the skills gap… The construction industry is facing a lack of skilled workers that could impact the sectors ability to deliver projects. In Yorkshire, firms are being urged to develop more programmes aimed at training people...

Apprenticeships are not doing enough for youth unemployment

A new report has found the apprenticeship system is not successfully supporting young people into work… Analysis from the Institute for Public Policy Research has revealed flaws in the apprenticeship system. According to the report, the number of apprenticeship places filled by young people has dropped over the past four years. The...

Developer teams up with university to tackle skills crisis

Keepmoat and Leeds Beckett University have come together to support the construction sector and tackle the skills crisis under a new partnership… Housing developer Keepmoat and Leeds Beckett University have come together to drive interest in the construction sector in the hope of tackling the skills crisis. Keepmoat recently hosted a...

Cutting construction jobs would be the ‘first nail in the coffin’

A new analysis has warned that cutting jobs in the construction industry would damage the sector significantly… An analysis by One Way has said further loss of jobs in the construction industry would prove critical. The statement was made after the UK’s construction sector slipped into recession for the first time...

Apprenticeship levy to start in April 2017

According to the latest consultation proposals, the apprenticeship levy could be introduced from April next year… The latest consultation on the apprenticeship levy suggests businesses could start paying from April 2017. The levy will be implemented across businesses with a wage bill of £3m or higher, at a rate of 0.5...

Suicide kills more construction workers than falls

New research has revealed that suicide kills six times as many construction workers as falling from heights

AEC expands asbestos and air tester training facilities

A new training facility to help asbestos surveyors and air testers gain realistic, hands-on experience is under construction... Airborne Environmental Consultants (AEC) Ltd has expanded its training facilities. The firm, which has offices in Manchester and Essex, said growth of its training business had led to an investment of over three...

CCS e-learning courses increase best practice in construction

The Considerate Constructors Scheme launches a series of courses, which aim to raise standards across the construction industry… The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s (CCS) Best Practice Hub has launched a series of free courses designed to improve the sector. The Best Practice Hub is a comprehensive online resource that showcases best practice...

Employment shortages faces the industry post-Brexit

A RICS survey has revealed a fall in employment levels and a shortage of skilled workers following the vote to leave the EU… A new survey from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has shown a slowdown in construction employment levels after the vote to leave the EU. According to...

Dunne Group workers offered support following redundancies

Workers who were made redundant after the Dunne Group went into administration have been offered employment support… Some 524 UK workers were made redundant after the Dunne Group went into administration. The firm, which has its head office in Bathgate, West Lothian, ceased work on Tuesday 19 July. The folding...
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New Considerate Constructors Scheme executive chair named

Isabel Martinson has been appointed as executive chair of the Considerate Constructors Scheme… Isabel Martinson has been named executive chair of the Considerate Constructor Scheme (CCS). Martinson, who is former chair of the Trade Association Forum Ltd, has significant experience in both strategic development and senior management. Martinson’s resume also includes...

Hundreds of construction jobs lost as Dunne Group folds

Scottish firm Dunne Group stopped work earlier this week, leading to the loss of hundreds of jobs… A total of 524 jobs have been lost as Dunne Group entered administration earlier this week. The firm, which has its head office in Bathgate, West Lothian, ceased work on Tuesday. Administrators appointed to...

Ten per cent pay rise for electricians

Electricians are set to see more than a 10 per cent increase due to a four-year wage deal… A four-year deal has been agreed between trade union Unite and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) to increase electricians’ wages. The deal will see pay increase by 10.25 per cent over a four...

CITB scaffold training centre to open in the autumn

An Aberdeen-based scaffolding training centre worth over £1m is set to open later this year… A 7,000 sq ft facility aimed at providing training for scaffolders in the northeast is set to open in the autumn. The facility, which is a joint project between the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and...

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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.