Posts tagged with ‘skills gap’

  • Hammond got sums wrong on skills – says BESA

    By Debbie Eales on November 27, 2017
    The Chancellor might be in the builders’ ‘good books’ following the Budget, but he has missed an open goal on skills, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). Philip Hammond has been widely praised for his pledge to build 300,000 new homes a year supported by £44 billion of capital funding, loans and guarantees. The Chancellor’s support for SMEs […]
  • Construction industry is ‘facing challenges it has never seen before’ – Mark Farmer

    By Debbie Eales on November 27, 2017
    The construction industry faces a combination of challenges unlike anything it has survived before, according to Mark Farmer – the author of last year’s seminal ‘Modernise or Die’ report. He told the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) national conference that an ageing workforce, poor productivity, rising consumer discontent prompted by poor quality new build housing, serious financial problems among Tier […]
  • Rise in plumbing courses fails to address the skills gap

    By Debbie Eales on August 14, 2017
    The industry is being flooded by trainees with basic plumbing qualifications rather than the higher skills needed to address the skills gap, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). It has criticised a number of training providers for promoting lower cost plumbing courses to employers at the expense of the wider scoped building services apprenticeships and has urged employers […]
  • Bridging the skills gap is key for growth, says NAPIT

    By Debbie Eales on April 18, 2016
    While the construction industry is seeing positive growth, various reports are suggesting that the construction skills gap is still holding back businesses from truly taking advantage. NAPIT say that dedicated, industry training courses could be the solution. Construction activity increased for the eleventh straight quarter over the last three months of 2015, but firms are still struggling to recruit the […]