skills gap

29% increase in applicants to trade courses in 2020

Online learning portal, Access Training UK revealed a 29% increase in applicants to its trade courses in 2020, including a noticeable 14% increase in female applicants. This noticeable increase could not come at a better time as construction activity levels have experienced a seven year high, whilst demand for home improvements have soared significantly, as homeowners look […]

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CIPHE urges government to understand concerns of heating and plumbing engineers

The plumbing and heating industry is set to face a wide array of challenges, as the UK enters a period of significant change. Kevin Wellman, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), outlines the key issues, and highlights the steps the government must take to secure a healthy future. The beginning […]

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Survey reveals worrying shortage of skills across the construction industry

The UK construction industry needs to do more to tackle a lack of key skills from BIM to subcontractors, and a lack of gender diversity from ‘boardroom to building site’ according to a report launched today at Ecobuild by the BRE Academy. Based on a survey of 300 industry professionals the report finds that sustainability […]

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