Member and industry related news to help keep you up to date in the areas of trade, health and safety, training and funding.

12th December 2017

New Address and Contact number

From 1st January 2018 the CONSTRUCT office address will be changing to 6-8 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX

Contact: Debbie Iley Tel: 0844 249 1355


7th November 2017

Government ITB review published

ITB review includes a review of the CITB and calls for improvement, changes and developments to support industry with particular focus on SMEs.  The full review document is available here

3rd October 2017

RC Frame Skills Pathway Documents launched

This booklet has been developed to assist members and wider industry to communicate to schools, teachers, parents and potential apprentices the site based roles available in our sector.  The booklet sets out the different job roles, the skills that will be learnt and used, qualification options, apprenticeship routes and career progression options.  The booklet is accompanied by an A3 poster.  Download the booklet here and the poster here.  Limited printed copies are available on request.

20th September 2017

Tickets available for Peter Campbell Lecture

The Peter Campbell Biennial lecture will take place on the evening of Thursday 16th November 2017.  The lecture this year will be on Crossrail with speakers Bill Tucker, Central Section Delivery Director, Crossrail and Howard Smith, Operations Director, Crossrail.  Tickets are £10 each with proceeds being donated to The Lighthouse Club.

Venue is

The Institution of Civil Engineers

One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA

at 6.30pm for 7.00pm refreshments will be available after the event.

Booking form here

17th August 2017

Sector Specific Training Plans 2017-18

The CITB Sector Specific Training Plan will continue to be available to CONSTRUCT members until end of March 2018 providing an enhanced day rate of grant @ £75 per day for sector specific training courses plus members can still claim the £50 attendance grant for all other relevant training alongside the wider grant scheme support.  If this is of interest please contact Tracey Stafford for more information as you will need to re-register on to the scheme.  The SSTP and all Training Plans will cease to be used to claim grant after 1st April 2018 when CITB will introduce their reformed grants scheme.

2nd August 2017

CITB inform industry of Grant Reform changes

CITB has begun to inform industry on the changes that will be made to the Grant Scheme in 2017 and from 1st April 2018.  For 2017 this includes a continuation of grant support for apprenticeships and the introduction of grants for Higher Apprenticeships from September 2017.  The biggest changes will impact industry from 1 April 2018 with the Reforms focusing on grants to support industry to train the workforce in the skills and knowledge the industry needs;    focus on Apprenticeships, Vocational Qualifications and short duration courses that have a defined outcome and are widely beneficial to the construction industry;    provide grant support for training that leads to a defined outcome, rather than paying out for attendance.   The grant year will be changed to start on 1st April and finish on 31st March each year.

Full information on the changes can be found on the CITB website – Update on grants scheme  or for information on the current grants available visit Grants for Training

19th July 2017

Formwork Apprenticeship Opportunity -closing date 28th July 2017

Byrne Bros Ltd are looking to recruit 13 Formwork Apprentices to commence their formal training in the Autumn. For more details on this opportunity and how to apply please download the information sheet.  Closing date for applications is 28th July 2017

18th July 2017

CSCS to recognise separate formwork occupations

Following the introduction of two Formwork NVQ level 2 pathways, namely Formwork (Carpenter) or Formwork (Erector Striker),  CSCS has agreed to give recognition to the two occupations separately under their scheme.   From August 2017 CSCS cards will be issued with the appropriate occupation for those applying for the Blue Skilled Worker Card dependent on the NVQ that has been achieved.    Existing NVQ Formwork Level 2 achievements and CSCS cards will remain valid and acceptable.

Employers are encouraged to undertake thorough checks of CSCS cards presented and to make use of the CITB Card Checker and to use the smart card chip readers and phone aps to complete these checks.

18th July 2017

Formwork Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard published

The Institute of Apprenticeship has accepted and formally published the Formwork Trailblazer Apprentice Standard which can be viewed here.

The Standard is not yet ready to use as the working group led by Martina Oyite of Byrne Bros are currently developing the End Point Assessments.

Trailblazer Standards are being created by employers in both new apprentice subjects and to replace Framework Apprenticeships.  Trailblazer Apprenticeships only apply in England; different rules apply for apprenticeships delivered in the other 3 nations of the UK.

6th July 2017

CONSTRUCT Day – tables selling fast!

Act fast if you want to secure your seats/tables for CONSTRUCT Day 2017 to be held on 6th October as tables are selling fast and there is very limited exhibition space available.  More information on bookings here