March 29th 2019
Construction industry facing cliff-edge over skill shortages
The Apprenticeship Levy is exacerbating the construction skills shortage and must be reformed urgently, according to the Federation of Master Builders.
Latest statistics released by the Department for Education show that the number of new construction apprenticeship starts for January 2019 has fallen to 950 compared with 1,216 the previous year.
In particular, the number of starts for level two apprenticeships, equivalent to GCSE level, has dropped to 555 in January 2019 from 712 in January 2018.
For the full story, head over to NWE Mail.
Listed Construction Giant’s Revenue Rockets
Revenue surged further past the £300m mark at listed construction giant nmcn during its latest financial year.
The Nottinghamshire-headquartered business has reported a revenue of £340.4m for the year to 31 December 2018, up from a restarted total of £302.3m in 2017.
The company’s pre-tax profits however dipped from a restated total of £9.1m to £6m.
Head over to Insider Media for more on this.
HS2 Completes Biggest Demolition Challenge Yet at Site of New Old Oak Common Tunnel Crossover Box
HS2 has cleared a key construction site close to the new Old Oak Common ‘super-hub’ station, as work to deliver Phase One of the UK’s new high speed rail project continues to ramp up.
The 42,000 square metre site, equivalent to the size of 6 football pitches, is where HS2 will build the Victoria Road Crossover Box, a huge underground structure designed to allow trains passing through the London tunnels to switch tracks.
The full story can be found on Gov’s website.
Metsä Wood Calls for Industry Professionals to Take Part in Wood Construction Survey
Metsä Wood, one the world’s largest suppliers of wood products to the construction industry, is conducting the first ever survey of its kind, to explore the extent of expertise in wood construction.
The company is calling on UK-based architects, structural engineers and other industry professionals to take part in this survey in a bid to map out the current landscape on which to build a more open and cooperating community of professional collaboration.
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