This month

£30m training fund

The Learning and Skills Council is urging small and medium-sized construction businesses to take advantage of a £30m leadership training fund to protect themselves and staff in today’s tough times. The LSC’s Train to Gain service runs a Leadership and Management programme targeting firms with 10-250 employees. Companies that sign up will receive a visit from a Train to Gain broker who will carry out a free skills diagnosis to help identify appropriate training courses.

Survival insights

CIMCIG, the Construction Industry Group of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, is holding a one-day conference at London’s Building Centre on February 11 to help construction marketers and their companies come through the downturn in good shape. Downturn Marketing: Positioning for the Recovery will include sessions on the most effective use of emerging online tools, a guide to export opportunities and the role of sustainability in marketing plans.

You’re... hired

A week-long celebration of apprenticeships, including interviews, web chats, events and activities across the country, will take place from February 23-27 across England. The week seeks to raise the profile of apprenticeships and encourage more employers to recruit apprentices.