Construction Apprenticeship changes in Wales

Construction Apprenticeship

Changes to some of the key construction apprenticeship qualifications in Wales come into force on 1stAugust in time for the autumn college term. They are designed to shape the supervisors and construction business owners of the future by better meeting the needs of employers and students alike. CITB, City & Guilds and Careers Wales are supporting the introduction of the new...

Construction impacted by cost of living crisis, inflation, and supply chain issues

The UK construction industry is being adversely affected by the cost of living crisis, inflation, and continued disruption caused to supply chains, says leading construction industry intelligence provider Barbour ABI. In its latest monthly Snap Analysis report, it highlights the uncertainty caused by the cost of living crisis, 25% inflation for building materials, and the conflict in Ukraine and ongoing...

Hadrian’s Wall Charity Walk Raises £20k for BoB

A group of 13 volunteers have taken on and completed the iconic Hadrian’s Wall Walk to raise money for UK construction charity Band of Builders (BoB). The team tackled the Hadrian’s Wall Path - an 84 mile (135 km) from Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria on the west coast - adding on a few...

Site workers to get 5% pay increase

Site workers to get 5% pay increase

The Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) have agreed on a below-inflation pay rise for site workers covered by the working rule agreement. The deal follows months of talks between the CIJC, construction unions and contractors under the CIJC pay framework. The one-year pay deal, will start from Monday 25th July 2022 and includes a 5% pay increase across all rates and...

Mace Group Chairman and CEO chosen as new CLC Co-Chair

One of UK construction’s most recognised executives has been chosen to succeed Andy Mitchell as the new Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council. Following an open recruitment process, an independent panel comprising industry, members of the CLC’s Senior Advisors Group and Government officials have recommended Mark Reynolds (Mace Group Chairman and CEO) to lead the CLC in partnership with Lee...

Band of Builders charity appoints first CEO

Band of Builders has appointed its first Chief Executive Officer as part of ambitious plans to significantly increase the registered charity’s ability to help members of the UK construction industry who are battling illness or injury. The fast-growing charity – which was founded in 2016 before becoming registered in 2019 – has appointed its former Chair of the Board of Trustees...

Construction workers protest over ‘derisory’ pay offer

The construction industry’s unprecedented skills shortage will worsen without a better deal, says GMB Union  Yesterday, construction workers were protesting a ‘derisory’ pay offer made by the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC). Workers gathered outside a CIJC meeting in Central London in anger at an offer which is just over a third of today’s rampant 11 per cent inflation figure. The CIJC...

CITB to invest over £233m in British construction

With a strong focus on three core challenges for construction, CITB has published its Business Plan today (18 May), announcing it will be investing over £233m across Britain to support construction throughout 2022/23. CITB’s investment plan responds to the estimated demand for an additional 50,000 workers every year and is primarily focused on securing construction’s talent pipeline. This year, the...

CITB Grants supports businesses bringing new entrants into industry

CITB data reveals that almost 14,000 businesses have been supported in the form of grants, with over £77m paid out in the last year, and over 45% of grant spent went to small and micro businesses. The CITB Grants Scheme provides grants for employers in the construction industry that provide day-to-day training for their workforce. There are several areas whereby...

Revealed: the UK’s biggest van theft hotspots

New research has revealed the UK’s biggest hotspots for van theft, with some regions seeing the number of offences more than double..