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Construction output shows the fastest rise in four months

HIS Markit and CIPS UK report that UK construction companies have indicated a sharp increase in business activity, and the fastest upturn in commercial work.
SME developers

Dark clouds for SME developers

SME developers play a crucial role in UK housing delivery. They are more nimble than their larger counterparts, often more innovative, and able to transform smaller sites that get overlooked.
increase diversity

Offsite Alliance and Building People partnership to increase diversity

Offsite Alliance and Building People to increase diversity across the construction sector, particularly offsite construction, through a new partnership.
Construction material costs

Construction material costs reach 40-year high

According to the BCIS Materials Cost Index, the cost of construction materials has reached a 40 year high, and continues to escalate.
NEET training programme

Willmott Dixon launches NEET training programme in Bedfordshire

Willmott Dixon has launched a new NEET training programme in Bedfordshire, which will provide a glimpse into life in the construction industry to at least 10 young people.
Roofing and cladding shortages

Roofing and cladding shortages major area of concern, reports NFRC

Roofing and cladding skills shortages are a ‘ticking time bomb’, with reports showing that 77% of contractors reported labour shortages in Q3 2021, warns the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).
material price inflation

Construction remains strong despite price inflation and labour crisis

Supply chain disruptions, material price inflation and a shortage of skilled labour are key areas of concern in Q3 2021, according to RICS latest survey.
contractors products

Contractors warned to prepare for product price hikes

Contractors are being warned to prepare for significant price increases for ceramic products, glass, steel, bricks and concrete as energy costs soar.
building job shortages

89% of builders face job delays as shortages continue

Local builders have reported delays to jobs due to materials and skills shortage, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
renewable tidal lagoon

£1.7bn Swansea renewable tidal lagoon to create thousands of jobs

Swansea’s renewable tidal lagoon ‘Blue Eden’ will create thousands of jobs during and after construction, placing Wales at the forefront of renewable energy innovation.
offsite construction, upskilling,

Building skills for offsite timber construction post-Covid

Professor Robert Hairstans, head of the Centre for Offsite Construction & Innovative Structures at Edinburgh Napier University, assesses how further education must adapt to the needs of the industry amid a pandemic.
green jobs

Government yet to define what a ‘green job’ is, as MPs...

Despite announcements committing millions of pounds to green jobs initiatives, the government is yet to define what a ‘green job’ is, says the Environmental Audit Committee.
Timber supply

Softwood timber imports reach ‘record-breaking’ levels

Record-breaking imports of softwood timber have refilled stocks to finally catch up with construction demand, according to the latest Timber Trade Federation (TTF) Market Statement.
Construction flexible working

Construction needs to get serious about flexible working

Construction needs to make itself more attractive to new entrants, and flexible working has a leading role to play, according to The Access Group.
flexible working model, Gender pay gap,

Multiplex introduces flexible work model to promote gender equity

Multiplex has adopted a flexible working model to reduce its gender pay gap and increase the number, and influence of women working across its UK business.
building control skills

Seeing is believing – Women can power the future of building...

The current skills shortage across building control has left the industry crying out for new talent. There is a real opportunity to fill this gap with women, says Jane Keely, director at Assent Building Control.
construction output august

Construction output falls for fifth successive month

Construction output dropped for the fifth consecutive month in August, as the industry’s ongoing supply chain issues continue.
Construction industry, Skills, housing,

Actis backs ‘move out of the dark ages’ and offsite construction

Actis has backed calls by two industry heavyweights to move construction ‘out of the dark ages' if it is to address the housing crisis and tackle the skills shortage.
construction training

Skills Centre offers free construction training to plug skills gap

The Skills Centre is offering free construction training and job interview opportunities around five sites in the Greater London area, north Kent and also across the West Midlands.
digital construction skills

Northumbria Uni launches bootcamps to boost digital construction skills

Northumbria University has launched new skills bootcamps to plug the digital skills gap and support the expansion of the digital construction sector.

HGV driver shortage ‘our biggest concern at present’, says BMF

The shortage of HGV drivers is leading to widespread disruption and delays, as the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) warns it is the industry's 'biggest concern at present'.
hgv drivers shortage

CLC joins calls for visa review amid HGV drivers shortage

The CLC has called for a review of the occupations eligible for a visa and an immediate update to the shortage occupations list to include HGV drivers.
construction industry 2021

5 challenges the construction industry is facing in 2021

Being in the construction industry is an endless battle between pleasing the client and facing external challenges. As we now approach the end of the last round of lockdown restrictions (hopefully), The Access Group takes a look at the challenges in the construction industry in 2021.
heritage skills

£4.3m programme to address severe heritage skills shortages

A £4.3m five-year programme to address severe heritage skills shortages in the construction sector has been launched.

University of Bolton to deliver facilities management degree apprenticeship

Bolton University will deliver a facilities management degree apprenticeship, after gaining approval as an IWFM recognised centre to deliver the IWFM diploma as a dual award with its BSc (Hons) in facilities and built asset management programme.
civil engineering apprenticeship, degree apprenticeship, Amey

Amey launches civil engineering degree apprenticeship programme

Amey Consulting has welcomed its first students to the civil engineer degree apprenticeship (CEDA) programme, working in partnership with The School of Energy, Construction and Environment (ECE).

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