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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Levy not to blame for falling apprentice numbers

Teething problems with the Apprenticeship Levy are not the main reason for disappointing apprenticeship numbers, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). A 25% fall in apprenticeship starts this year is a bitter blow to the government’s plans for creating three million new apprentices by 2020 and led to heavy criticism of the Apprenticeship Levy. The Department for...

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Industry leaders present petition to PM in post-Carillion show of unity

High profile industry delegation joins Peter Aldous MP to petition Number 10 for urgent reform to payment practices In the aftermath of the Carillion collapse, industry support for urgent reform to payment practices has reached unprecedented levels. A petition on fair payment and retentions, representing over 355,000 businesses, was delivered today to Prime Minister Theresa May by Peter Aldous...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Industry leaders to present Aldous Bill petition to 10 Downing Street

A petition on fair payment and retentions will be delivered to Prime Minister Theresa May later this month by Peter Aldous MP and a delegation of industry leaders. The group will take the petition to 10 Downing Street on Monday 23 April at around 1.30pm. The group of industry leaders presenting the petition includes FSB National Chair Mike Cherry, FMB Chief Executive Brian Berry, Director...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

BESA mourns John Asprey

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has announced the death of its former head of technical and safety affairs John Asprey. He served the Association – then known as the HVCA – for more than 30 years having joined as productivity officer in 1973. “We are extremely sad to announce the passing of our much admired former colleague John Asprey,” said BESA chief executive David...

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Vaughan apprentices ‘rescued’ by BESA members

Seven building engineering apprentices have been swiftly re-employed after losing their jobs following the collapse of part of Vaughan Engineering. Fellow members of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) in Scotland have found positions for all of the apprentices after Vaughan was forced into administration last week as a direct result of the insolvency of the construction giant...

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