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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Senior MP to Introduce Bill to Hold Retention Monies in Trust

ECA and the BESA fully support Peter Aldous’ Bill to protect construction SMEs   A forthcoming parliamentary Bill on retentions, to be introduced by Peter Aldous MP, will be backed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services body ECA. The Ten Minute Rule Bill will seek to amend the 1996 Construction Act and ensure that retentions...

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trade bodies welcome sector deal

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA have both welcomed the government’s decision to focus on improving productivity as a key element of its special ‘sector deal’ with construction. Construction has been chosen as a front runner alongside life sciences, artificial intelligence and the automotive industry for a new...

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Hammond got sums wrong on skills

The Chancellor might be in the builders’ ‘good books’ following the Budget, but he has missed an open goal on skills, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). Philip Hammond has been widely praised for his pledge to build 300,000 new homes a year supported by £44 billion of capital funding, loans and guarantees. The Chancellor’s support for SMEs with a £1.5bn boost for...

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Monday, November 27, 2017

STEM Returners: creating new talent pools in STEM

An exciting new ‘STEM Returners Programme’ has been launched specifically designed to help the thousands of STEM candidates who want to return to engineering after a career break, but fear that their skills are way out of date. STEM Returners will help them return to their former careers, as well as re-train STEM candidates from other industries.  Two of the biggest challenges facing STEM are...

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

BESA launches 2018 North West Awards

Following from the success of the BESA National Awards, we are delighted to announce that we have launched the first of our 2018 regional awards, the BESA North West Awards which will be taking place in Manchester in February 2018. The North West region boasts some of the most talented apprentices in the UK and with the top prize at this year’s BESA National Awards, the Apprentice of the Year...

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