Scaffolding Association CEO talks about digitisation in the scaffolding sector

In this Comment piece, Robert Candy, CEO of the Scaffolding Association, talks about digitisation in the scaffolding sector. Scaffolding, and indeed the whole of construction, has often lagged behind other industries when it comes to searching for digital solutions and implementing new technologies. It’s well known that the scaffolding industry …

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NFB responds to CITB consensus result

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) says that the CITB Consensus result, which returned a positive result for the Levy proposals, does not constitute a vote of confidence in the CITB and that major changes are still required to deliver the industry’s skills and training needs. Richard Beresford, Chief Executive

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Construction Leadership Council announces competition for young industry professionals as it accelerates the sector’s drive to Net Zero

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has announced a new Dragon’s Den competition targeted at young industry professionals, accelerating the drive to net zero. The competition aims to: bring forward practical ideas which are almost ready for implementation on sites/in factories, and suitable for wider industry adoption; capitalise on the collective

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CITB secures construction industry support for Levy Proposals

Construction employers have backed CITB’s Levy Proposals to support skills and training across England, Scotland and Wales, by way of the Consensus process.   The provisional result will now be taken to the Secretary of State for Education to make the final decision on the issue of a new, three-year Levy

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Contractors sentenced after employee breaks back in fall from height

A building contractor and a roofing contractor have been fined after an employee fell five metres from a first-floor extension, breaking several vertebrae in his lower back.  Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard that on 11 June 2018, Grayton Building Contractors Ltd was undertaking a first-floor extension to a residential bungalow in Noel Gate, Aughton.  An employee was fitting fascia boards and soffits to allow roofers employed by Thomas Dean,

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“Jobs tax” hike would “devastate” small businesses trying to recover, firms warn

FSB warns that hiking National Insurance contributions would be a severe blow to small businesses and sole traders Responding to reports that the Government is considering increases in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for business owners and employees, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chair Mike Cherry said: “Breaking a manifesto promise by increasing NICs just at the

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“Jobs tax” hike would “devastate” small businesses trying to recover, firms warn

FSB warns that hiking National Insurance contributions would be a severe blow to small businesses and sole traders Responding to reports that the Government is considering increases in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for business owners and employees, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chair Mike Cherry said: “Breaking a manifesto promise by increasing NICs just at the

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