2020 saw construction charity deliver nearly £1.3M in charity giving

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity CEO Bill Hill reacts to the recent suicide figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has just released its 2020 Impact Report which demonstrates the vital support they provided in 2020. Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and three national lockdowns, the charity was able to provide a lifeline to 2264 families in crisis and delivered £1.287M of charitable giving. For the first time ever, the report also details the...

UK Construction job vacancies continue to reach new record levels

The construction sector has also seen vacancies reach their highest ever level, with 37,000 positions available between June and August.

Official figures show an improving picture for the UK jobs market with vacancies hitting new record levels The number of job vacancies available in the UK has climbed to over one million for the first time since records began, says the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The construction sector has also seen vacancies reach their highest ever level, with 37,000 positions...

CSCS Industry Placement Card Launches for New Academic Year

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has launched a new Industry Placement Card and a number of other partner schemes, in time for the new academic year. Initially announced back in June, the card is for learners aged sixteen or above on qualification or training programmes requiring a minimum of 30 days’ work placement, which is intended to ultimately lead...

CITB to host SkillBuild finals at National Construction College

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The UK’s top construction trainees will battle it out 16-18 November at CITB’s SkillBuild National Finals. SkillBuild, the largest multi-trade construction competition in the country, will see more than 50 finalists from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compete in their specialist skills. The competitors will be set an 18-hour project to complete across the three days of the competition, which is...

Construction Output Falls Again

Construction output fell by 1.3% in June 2021, following a decline in repairs and maintenance work. Materials price rises and shortages have also been blamed for the fall. The Office for National Statistics reported that June output was 0.3% below the February 2020 pre-coronavirus pandemic level. New work was 2.1% below the pre-pandemic level, while repair and maintenance was 3.1% above. Despite...

CLC and CITB announce new approach to supporting mental health in construction

Landmark new research from CITB has outlined the scale of the mental health challenge facing construction.

Landmark new research from CITB has outlined the scale of the mental health challenge facing construction. A consistent approach to supporting construction workers’ mental health is the goal of a new initiative led by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and CITB. CITB’s Mental Health And Construction: A Consistent Approach research, published today (Wednesday 4 August), is the most comprehensive study conducted on mental health and self-harm within construction. The report identifies opportunities...

Construction materials shortage set to continue until 2022

Construction materials shortage set to continue until 2022

Elevated prices and the shortage of construction materials including timber, cement and steel is set to continue throughout the rest of the year. The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has warned that the ongoing construction materials crisis and the availability of some key products hadn’t improved at all during the month of June. The demand both in the UK and globally continues...

UK construction needs to create 217,000 new jobs

UK construction needs to create 217,000 new jobs

New research suggests that the UK construction industry needs to recruit an additional 217,000 new workers by 2025 just to meet demand. Construction has bounced back quicker than expected from the Covid-19 pandemic and the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022. The Construction Skills Network (CSN) research published by the CITB shows 216,800 new jobs will be...

Construction sees bumper month as contract awards increase by 58%

In April 2021, contract awards increased by 58% compared to March to £9.1 billion. A level not seen since January 2020, says industry experts. Sector analysis by Barbour ABI shows that residential contract awards increased again in April to £2.5 billion, up from £2.0 billion in March. Data analysts have seen a strong performance for infrastructure, with a total value...

Construction activivity dips slightly

The latest information from Builders’ Conference shows that both the number and value of contracts awarded in April have decreased for the first time this year. Industry experts at Build UK are hoping that this was just a blip in the road due to the Easter break and that the continued easing of coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks...

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