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When aspiring joiner Willow Kehily was made redundant from her job in retail, she made a bold decision. The Cardigan-based mum decided to re-skill and pursue her interest in carpentry. It was a risky move. But it paid off. Within days of starting onsite construction training Willow knew she had made the right choice.
One word explains why modern fire safety skills are more vital than ever for every UK construction worker: Grenfell. The review recommended action to improve the lack of basic fire safety awareness in the construction and buildings maintenance workforce. CITB’s new fire safety eCourse, which will be launched in December, is a response to that recommendation.
Green Careers Week is taking place for the first time this year (November 7-12), shining a spotlight on net zero jobs and green career pathways across all sectors, including construction. As part of the campaign, careers platform Talentview Construction (TVC) spoke to sustainability experts from across the sector about what their work involves.
One organisation can’t solve all construction’s skills challenges. To attract new workers, stakeholders need to partner for skills and take an aligned approach to training. That’s the best way of supporting people into well paid construction jobs. I’m pleased to say that a new, co-ordinated approach to skills is in the pipeline: Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs).
The first ever Green Careers Week takes place this month. The aim of the campaign, which runs from November 07-12 is to shine a light on green career pathways. CITB has just published a dynamic Net Zero Action Plan which looks at the construction skills needs of the future
Swiftly gaining skills in every aspect of a trade is what being an apprentice is all about. SkillBuild finalist Marlène Lagnado is a fine example of the benefits of apprenticeships - and the opportunities construction offers.
The largest and longest-running construction skills competition in the UK returned earlier this year. SkillBuild is delivered by CITB in conjunction with WorldSkills UK, and as preparations for the National Finals get underway, we hear from finalist, Oliver Tudor.
One of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry is promoting diversity. Encouraging people of all backgrounds to join industry has been a priority for many years.
Industry input on CITB’s new plant standards and grants will raise everyone’s game writes CITB’s Emily Tilling. The changes, announced in July, come into effect in January 2023 and will have a wide-reaching impact on the construction industry.
I once heard that 80% of carbon emissions created across the world come from businesses. That's a startling statistic. It shows why business and political leaders must be responsible and help make the world a greener, safer place.