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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thousands of STEM candidates who want to return to engineering after a career break, but fear that their skills are way out of date.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 the...

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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 was...

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Retentions at heart of productivity woes

Repeated delays to proposed reforms of the payment retentions system are undermining the construction industry’s efforts to improve its productivity, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and electrotechnical and engineering services trade body the ECA. The industry continues to face government and client criticism for delivering projects behind time and over budget,...

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Fire chiefs the latest to raise alarm about industry’s skills gap

London Fire Brigade chiefs have lambasted a “general lack of competence” among building designers and construction companies in the wake of the Grenfell fire and have demanded formal qualifications and accreditation for anyone installing “life-saving systems like smoke ventilation”. “There will be an increase in serious building fires unless the construction industry starts to take fire safety...

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