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Flexi-job apprenticeships

Flexi-job apprenticeships

The new flexi-job apprenticeship schemes were announced by the Chancellor in the last Budget. It is proposed that the schemes will build on the existing Apprenticeship Training Agency model, to allow employers to join forces and access funding to create new or expand...

Help shape the future of construction skills

Help shape the future of construction skills

Nation Council Chair vacancies: Help shape the future of construction skills CITB is seeking senior, experienced and knowledgeable industry representatives for its Nation Council Chair in England and Scotland. The Nation Councils have an important role in supporting...

FIS launches Specifiers Guide for Ceilings and Acoustic Absorbers

FIS launches Specifiers Guide for Ceilings and Acoustic Absorbers

The Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) has launched a Specifiers’ Guide - Ceilings and Acoustic Absorbers to help a project team fully understand the criteria when writing a specification for a suspended ceiling or acoustic absorber. The Specifiers’ Guide - Ceilings...

Construction’s Net Zero Carbon business champions announced

Construction’s Net Zero Carbon business champions announced

Champions from across the UK’s construction industry have come together today to declare their commitment to support CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s response to the climate emergency. Announced at UK Construction Week, the Business Champions initiative...

CITB Year End Progress Report

CITB Year End Progress Report

CITB has published its End of Year Progress Report.  This performance report shows progress against a plan reprioritised significantly when the pandemic hit back in March 2020.  CITB has indicated that they will continue to develop the simpler, more targeted plan and...

Your support needed: drylining training materials

Your support needed: drylining training materials

FIS is working to support an increase in availability, quality an uptake of apprenticeships in the sector to help address labour shortages linked to the new immigration system.  We need the sector to rally to help accelerate this work. We are particularly keen at the...

Help and advice to help to minimise the risk of a cyber attack

Help and advice to help to minimise the risk of a cyber attack

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has recently launched its Small Organisations Newsletter. SMEs cover a huge range of businesses and make up 99% of all business in the UK. Often SMEs do not have the budget of large organisations to spend on cyber security....

New Market Surveillance requirements for Economic Operators

New Market Surveillance requirements for Economic Operators

Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 – Market surveillance and compliance of products amending Directive 2004/42/EC, Regulations (EC) No. 765/2008 and (EU) 305/2011 (the EU-CPR) comes into full effect on 16 July 2021. However, Articles 29-33 and 36 applied from 1 January 2021....