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.

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...

New construction training initiative launched in the North East

Training provider NCT Skills for Life has launched a new initiative to tackle unemployment in the North East and increase the rate of skilled construction workers… A new initiative in the North East will offer opportunities for school leavers in the North East to develop construction skills. The Joint Enterprise Forces-Construction...

British Woodworking Federation appoints new president

Cliff Thrumble is to join the British Woodworking Federation as the new president, it has emerged… Managing director of Boyland Windows Cliff Thrumble has been appointed the new president of the British Woodworking Federation. The decision was taken during the AGM and annual Members’ Day, which included 150 representatives from the...

CITB funds record number of SMEs

A fund aimed at helping SMEs to provide skills and training for construction workers has supported hundreds of firms… The Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Flexible Fund has helped to provide skills and training for hundreds of construction firms. The grant, which provides up to £5,000 for levy payers with fewer...

Government moves to reassure EU construction workers

The government has made assurances over the future of EU nationals living in the UK following the vote to leave… The construction sector relies heavily on overseas workers, particularly from the EU, so it is little wonder there is concern over the fate of EU builders currently living and working...

NHF proposes two new board members

The National Housing Federation has nominated two new board members… Sean Anstee, leader of Trafford Council, and Suzanne Fitzpatrick, an academic, have been recommended by the National Housing Federation to take a seat on their board. Anstee, who is also the vice chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and deputy...

Esh Construction opens West Yorkshire operations centre

A new operations centre is to open to support Esh Construction teams across Yorkshire and the East Midlands… Esh Construction has opened a new regional operations centre. The facility, located in Swillington West Yorkshire, will be used to support teams in county and the East Midlands. Esh Construction, which is part...

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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.