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Monday, March 13, 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, January 18, 2017

CITB offers to cut training levy in bid to survive

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is proposing to reduce the training levy it charges firms next year in a bid to stave off its closure. It has offered to cut its bill from 0.5% to 0.35% of an employer’s payroll ahead of an industry vote on its future later this year. While the reduction in charges will be welcomed by those firms in scope to CITB, the creation of the separate...

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Friday, November 11, 2016

BESA ready to plug certification gap

Building engineering services employers have been reassured that new routes to professional certification will be made available by the passing of revised F Gas handling legislation next year. There was widespread alarm at the announcement that the CITB is to close its Utilities Engineering Division, which provided training and certification for the gas, electric, water, oil, refrigerant, steam...

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Friday, October 28, 2016

BESA AND ECA RESPOND TO 2017 CLOSURE OF SUMMITSKILLS

Following the announcement of the closure of SummitSkills from March 2017, two of the trade bodies who helped to set up the sector skills organisation – the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) - have responded to the news.  “The great legacy of SummitSkills will be the specific focus it created on skills for our specialist sector,...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS HUGE BOOST FOR APPRENTICE FUNDING

The government has announced a raft of new measures to help employers take on more apprentices including £60m to be spent on helping get young people from deprived backgrounds into work. Employers with fewer than 50 employees will receive 100% of the cost of training apprentices aged between 16 and 18. This will also apply if they take on 19 to 24-year-olds who were in care or 19 to 24-year-olds...

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