UK SME contractors ‘must upskill or miss out’ on jobs

Small and medium sized construction businesses in the UK are being urged to get the right skills and accreditation to work under the Green Deal or miss out on potential jobs. That’s the warning from the Industrial Training Board (ITB) for the construction industry, which is calling on UK firms to take advantage of the […]

Warning not to “underestimate” nuclear skills challenge

The national training organisation for construction in the UK has warned we must not “underestimate” the challenge of finding skilled workers for Britain’s nuclear power plants in future. CITB-ConstructionSkills said there is a “real and urgent need” to up-skill the construction industry with the specialist skills for building and maintaining these plants. Last week Japanese […]

UK needs new skills to meet EU energy targets

New skills and training are needed in the building sector if the UK is to meet the EU’s energy targets by 2020, a new study suggests. The ‘Analysis of the National Status Quo’ report suggests firms are not fully prepared for the impact of the green agenda. It claims more than 161,000 skilled workers will […]

Green Deal training ‘shortfall’ plugged with £3.5m fund

A “shortfall” in the number of people with the skills needed to carry out the Green Deal is being plugged with the launch of a growth fund worth £3.5million, it was announced today. The Department of Energy and Climate Change said the funds will help to train people to both assess home energy efficiency and […]

British firms asked for feedback to help green construction stay one step ahead

Construction firms are being urged to give their views on improving the industry in light of the Government’s Green Deal, to make sure the UK workforce is equipped to face the new challenges required of them in the low carbon economy. CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council, and the Federation of Master […]