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Onsite Experience Hub helps Willow put skills into practice

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.

Responding to industry’s fire safety needs

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.

Talentview Construction speaks to sustainability experts for Green Careers Week

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.

Giving employers a greater say on skills

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).

Green Careers Week - Every job is a green job

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

Variety the spice of life for SkillBuild finalist Marlène

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.

Rugby and carpentry a winning mix for skilful Oliver

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.

SkillBuild finalist Courtney full of praise for LGBTQ+ trades community

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.

New CITB plant standards and grants “inspired by industry”

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.

Strong leadership key to reaching sustainability goals

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.