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Mark-Farmer

Training to a T

22 Mar 17

More of the same training means more bad press, poor productivity and an industry struggling to find people willing to fill its job vacancies. The newly-announced T-level may give us the chance to change all that

Sarah Richardson

Building's manifesto for a better Brexit

17 Mar 17

Our campaign for a better Brexit deal for the industry features eight key demands

Sarah Richardson

Budget 2017: That’s all, folks

10 Mar 17

There were no major spending commitments in the Budget but some of the announcements could offer long-term promise

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Consultants salary survey 2017: The bold and the bountiful

10 Mar 17

Strong hiring intentions and employee caution post the Brexit vote mean those prepared to move jobs could be richly rewarded - as may firms prepared to be aggressive in sourcing new hires

Apprentice Alamy

How will T-levels affect construction training?

7 Mar 17

Industry gives a mixed reaction to the government’s latest technical training initiative

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Mentoring: Support act

25 Jan 17

Mentoring is touted as an effective way to help employees starting off in their careers to work their way up the ladder. So what do those who have signed up to be mentored get out of it? Yoosof Farah asked three of them

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Good Employer Guide 2016: Trend Setters

25 Nov 16

An ever-dwindling workforce means the built environment is in dire need of fresh blood. So what improvements are this year’s top 50 employers making to retain staff and entice new recruits?

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Millennials: Goodbye 9-5

20 Sep 16

The world of work is changing. Forget being chained to a desk, a boss you only see through their office window

Holly Porter

Tackling discrimination in construction

22 Aug 16

Diversity in our industry needs to be a concrete target, not a nice thing to have

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Gender pay gap: Levelling the field

19 Apr 16

New legislation will mean firms have to publish how much both male and female employees are paid. Will this be the end of the gender pay gap?

Apprentices

Apprentices: ‘The numbers don’t add up…’

17 Mar 16

Three times as many people are leaving the industry each year as are joining, so today’s skills crisis is set to get a lot worse

Simon Eyers

Simon Eyers: Beating the odds

14 Mar 16

National Apprenticeship Week: Being born deaf and mute hasn’t stopped Simon Eyers landing a job as an electrician at contractor FM Conway

Sarah Richardson

Grow your own apprenticeships

3 Mar 17

Firms should use the apprenticeship system to meet the industry’s long-term needs as competition with other industries is set to increase

Nigel Goddard

The many rather than the few

9 December 2016

To solve the skills shortage, the industry needs to look beyond the narrow confines of apprenticeships for young people

Cara Greaves

Learn as you earn

20 Oct 16

The Brexit vote combined with next year’s apprenticeship levy may give some firms a headache over investment plans but the need for construction apprentices has never been greater

Stephen Gee

Pledge to tackle skills shortage

2 Sep 16

We are only as good as the people we employ. But the industry is not managing to attract enough people to meet its demand

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Parental leave: Man about the house

23 Jun 16

Many professionals in our male-dominated industry say they want to spend more time with their children. So why aren’t new dads taking up their recent right to shared parental leave? We talk to two fathers who took time out of the workplace

Andy Steele

Andy Steele: ‘Was that me?’

29 Mar 16

It took Andy Steele just five years to transform Connaught into a £240m-turnover sensation. Can he pull it off again?

Matt Nicholson

Apprentices: A long game

15 Mar 16

Why early engagement with the workforce has to be a long-term goal for specialists

Simon Rawlinson

Construction’s best kept secret?

17 Feb 16

 Construction businesses are creating great opportunities for young people – but the news isn’t always getting out