SkillBuild gold medallists excel at “UK’s Construction Olympics”

The winners of SkillBuild ’21 - the “UK's construction Olympics" – have been described as having “the skills everyone is crying out for”. Fifty-three competitors from across the UK took part in SkillBuild, the annual construction contest, held this year at the National Construction College in Bircham Newton. Over three intense days of competition the best construction trainees & apprentices from...

CHAS urges construction sector to embrace building safety scheme

CHAS urges construction sector to embrace building safety scheme

CHAS, the supply-chain risk management expert, has become a registered signatory of Building a Safer Future and is encouraging other members of the built environment sector to do the same. 

Construction output continues to decline

Data suggests that the industry's post-Covid recovery now looks to be over. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that in August 2021 construction output in England had fallen for the fifth month in a row. Graphs compiled by the ONS show a near-vertical decline with the arrival of Covid-19 virus in the UK in early 2020 and the subsequent...

Trade body welcomes new £300m funding for UK housebuilders

The UK's largest scaffolding trade body has welcomed new funding that will provide £300m to UK housebuilders and secure work across the construction sector. The Housing Growth Partnership Fund aims to support SME and regional housebuilders with the development of 10,000 new homes by 2025. Established by Lloyds Banking Group and Homes England in 2016, the partnership enters its second phase...

NASC President re-elected on to Build UK board

NASC President re-elected on to Build UK board

Scaffolding boss and current NASC president, Lynn Way has been re-elected as a Specialist Contractor Director of Build UK. The first-ever female NASC president will continue to provide strategic direction for the leading construction industry body. Lynn, who also holds the position of Financial Director and Company Secretary at Cornwall based Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd, said: "she was pleased to be...

SearchLand launches new search tool for permitted development sites

Proptech startup SearchLand has launched a new tool to allow developers to search for permitted development (PD) sites. SearchLand is used by developers, investors, architects and anyone else looking for sites to develop on. It layers disparate sources of data, from land ownership and boundaries to planning permissions and prices paid, on top of satellite image maps, with intuitive search functionality. The new...

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...