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Monday, March 13, 2017

National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage rates

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour workers are entitled to by law, different rates of the NMW are paid depending on a worker’s age and whether or not they are an apprentice. The National Living Wage applies to all working people aged over 25 years, and from April 2017 the rate will increase from £7.20 an hour to £7.50 an hour. For a number of years changes to the NMW would take...

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Improving the Government's Contracts Finder Service

As an Adviser on SME Business to the Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service, BESA legal and commercial director Rob Driscoll has opened up a great new opportunity for BEEA members. The original idea of the government’s Contracts Finder website is to include all central government tenders over £25k contract value (and £10k for local government*). Contracts Finder is owned by the CCS (Crown...

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Friday, March 10, 2017

T levels can help tackle skills gap

The Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered a major boost for vocational training in his Budget this week, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The Chancellor announced £500m to develop new ‘T Levels’ in 15 vocational categories including engineering and construction. Promising to take an “agile and bold” approach, he said backing vocational training was crucial to...

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

BESA steps into training breach

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has moved quickly to reassure employers about the availability of ongoing training provision in the wake of the closure of the sector skills body SummitSkills. The Association’s training director Tony Howard said BESA was already working with employers right across the UK to develop new Trailblazer apprenticeships in England; while also driving...

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

BESA calls for action on workplace suicide

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has urged employers to face up to the growing risk of suicide in construction related professions. It cited a new report from the mental health charity Samaritans highlighting the vulnerability of people with unstable employment, low income or in areas of socio-economic deprivation. BESA also drew attention to the Mates in Mind initiative,...

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