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  1. CITB commended for health and safety app


    CITB has been commended for its CDM Wizard app. The team behind the app received its recognition at the prestigious Construction Health and Safety Group (CHSG) Annual Awards in London in March. The commendation was for the Beaufort Award – a trophy awarded to an individual or company for implementing a new device or method […]

  2. Major new partnership to tackle housing skill needs

    Over 45,000 new homebuilding workers will be trained by 2019 to help tackle the nation’s housing shortage through a £2.7 million initiative announced by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Home Builders Federation (HBF). The first of its kind, the Home Building Skills Partnership – working with research on their needs from some 40 […]

  3. Increase in higher apprenticeship starts

    The number of young people signing up to learn advanced skills on higher apprenticeships have increased, new data has revealed. According to the latest government figures, more than 30,000 youngsters decided to embark on the training schemes between August 2015 and January 2016. Apprenticeships have also seen a rise in popularity, the statistics show, with […]

  4. Tough new penalties for breaches of health and safety laws

    The Sentencing Council has introduced new guidelines that could see much higher fines or even prison sentences imposed on construction companies and individuals who breach health and safety laws. As the Health and Safety Executive may start to ramp up prosecutions following last year’s new CDM regulations, this is a further indication of how seriously […]

  5. Construction firms granted multi-million pound funding boost to close skills gap

    CITB has announced over £7.5 million in targeted project funding to address the industry’s critical skills needs. Twenty one industry-led projects have been successful in their funding bids, following the launch of CITB’s new Flexible and Structured Funds last autumn. Over £2.5 million will be used to develop an online learning centre that helps construction […]

  6. Overlooking precautions when working at height


    Every workplace, factory, school, office will face health and safety risks. For most these regulations are followed and respected, although there are still many who overlook the importance of these precautions put in place for our own safety. The cost of falls from height are potentially huge, both physically and financially, and with current legislation […]

  7. Work experience ‘key to plugging skills gaps’


    Work experience is crucial to ending skills gaps in the workplace, according to a poll of leading figures from business and education. In the survey, which was carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the majority of respondents said work placement schemes should be offered to all schoolchildren under the age of 16. […]

  8. Apprenticeship numbers hit record highs

    The number of people signing up to learn vital skills while earning a wage on an apprenticeship has soared to a record level. According to the latest figures, more than 872,000 are enrolled on Government-funded apprenticeships – the highest amount ever to be seen. There are also unprecedented numbers of people taking part in higher […]

  9. MPs propose 2035 deadline for asbestos removal

    MPs have put forward a range of measures that could see asbestos removed from all rented homes, businesses and public buildings by 2035. The all-party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Health and Safety is calling for a new asbestos eradication law, in a bid to wipe out all traces of the deadly material. In its report, […]

  10. Government urged to boost funding for further education

    Calls have been made for up to half a billion pounds from the budget for universities to be ploughed into improving further education. Think-tank Policy Exchange says the move would help to provide more opportunities for workers to learn the technical and professional skills needed in sectors such as construction. Its report – called Higher, […]


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