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Summit to launch ‘skills revolution’ with employers

The government will host a special summit at the end of this month to launch a new ‘skills partner’ programme with employers to help develop technical and vocational education reforms.

Government rejects call for change on end-point assessment

The government has rejected a call from an influential parliamentary group for at least one end-point assessment organisation to be in place before an apprentice can start on a standard.

Changing Perceptions: The growing appeal of a career in construction 

The construction industry is facing one of its biggest challenges: recruiting talented people into long-term careers. This challenge is intensifying because the growth of offsite construction and the digitalization of the sector will mean the industry requires new types of talent and skills to meet future demand. 

Milton reveals four pillars of new careers strategy

The four main themes of the government’s widely anticipated careers strategy have been set out by the skills minister, in a speech delivered at the Careers Education and Guidance Summit.

CITB told to give small firms more say and grant

Smaller firms will be given more say in shaping and running the Construction Industry Training Board.

The Government has published its review of the training board revealing that a major shake-up is needed after just 0.8% of levy paying firms responded to its independent review on the future of the CITB.

Three ways construction can cut the skills shortages

It’s not an easy time to be working within the construction industry. There’s simply not enough talent in the market, projects are being put on hold and firms are being more selective about what they invest in, largely because of workforce-related issues.

How to make a successful career change within the construction industry

For years, the construction industry has been plagued by an acute skills shortage. The Federation of Master Builders’ State of Trade Survey Q4 2016 revealed a shortage of skilled workers in carpentry and bricklaying with roles in plumbing and roofing also identified as being particularly difficult to fill.

Huge spike in higher level apprenticeship commitments

Levy-funded apprenticeships at higher and degree-level jumped by a whopping 424 per cent in September, according to the latest experimental Department for Education statistics.

Off-the-job training rule hangs over AELP autumn conference

The government must urgently address employer resistance to the minimum off-the-job training apprenticeship rule, the AELP has said ahead of its autumn conference.

Construction leaders call for greater industry unity over T-Levels


Construction industry urged to collaborate now to successfully integrate the Post 16 skills plan reforms. 


WorldSkills 2017: High praise from first skills minister to visit in eight years

The skills and apprenticeships minister has pledged to bottle the “essence” of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi and “sprinkle it around the UK” in her bid to breakdown the “barriers” our country faces in bridging the skills gap.

Apprenticeships are “fragile” training, research shows

Relying on employer involvement makes apprenticeships a “fragile” form of training, according to new research.

CITB's proposed levy rate has received industry backing, albeit accompanied by substantial demands for reform.

The vote showed definite support for CITB’s continued levy-raising powers, across employers of all sizes. More than twice as many contractors favoured retaining the levy than removing it. 

T-levels funded work placement plans criticised

New guidance on T-level work placements has been criticised by the Association of Colleges, which fears providers will struggle to fit in the minimum 45 days per learner.

Bridge into Construction has launched

Build UK and Collab Group’s ‘Bridge into Construction’ programme has launched at Sheffield College, with the one year further education course beginning in October 2017. 

CITB immersive learning report “lays down the gauntlet for trainers, employers and government”

Immersive learning has the potential to revolutionise training delivery, produce “work ready” employees and transform the perception of the construction sector, says a new report from CITB.

House builders vote ‘no’ to CITB Levy proposals

House builders vote ‘no’ to the CITB proposals as companies pledge to take the initiative in bid to tackle the housing crisis. 


A recent study conducted by leading student-focused research company trendence UK has revealed that school students are still far less likely to consider an apprenticeship over university. Comment David Palmer, UK Research Manager – trendence UK. 

Two-thirds of employers not using levy funds to train staff

Fewer than four in 10 eligible businesses in a new survey say they fully understand the apprenticeship levy.

Helen Grant MP to Chair Apprenticeship Network

 The Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network is a cornerstone of the Government’s strategy to achieve its ambitious targets for widening access to apprenticeships.

AELP calls on government to fund level two apprenticeships in full

Level two apprenticeships should be fully funded by the government at every age group, the AELP has said.

IfA interviewing Chief Executive candidates

Interviews for a permanent chief executive at the Institute for Apprenticeships are set to at last begin later this month, and complete in the first week in October.

Overcoming the apprenticeships stigma – not before time

Despite being one of the most accessible and efficient ways to upskill talent, dismissive attitudes towards apprenticeships are still rife in the UK. Deeply ingrained associations with trade, low wages, and a perception that they put a glass ceiling on progression, mean that apprenticeships have long considered something not to aspire to. Because of this, and in spite of their widespread use across all sectors and at all levels, it can be difficult for people to see apprenticeships for what they really are; a highly effective way for individuals to gain the essential skills that businesses so desperately need. 

CCATF Chairman and Members to contribute to Mayor’s Construction Academy Scheme

As part of Skills for Londoners, the Mayor is launching a Construction Academy Scheme.

Kier devotes 200 staff to school careers crusade

Kier is pledging to release 1% of its workforce to act as school career ambassadors for construction in a bid to combat the looming skills crisis.

Non-levy apprenticeship funding tender deadline extended

The non-levy apprenticeship funding tender timetable has been “amended” by the Department for Education, and the deadline for submissions is now September 8.

The Apprenticeship Levy: New research reveals employers must reset perceptions of apprenticeships

The Apprenticeship Levy must be used as a means to not only engage with emerging talent, but also upskill existing teams to aid retention. That is according to the latest research from talent acquisition and management consultancy, Alexander Mann Solutions: The Apprenticeship Levy – How to turn a major social change (or an unwanted tax) into a robust talent strategy.

DfE refuses to reveal April apprenticeship starts

The Department for Education has refused to tell FE Week how many apprenticeship starts there were in April – even though the data is part of its official statistics. 

Government listen to concerns and pause all apprenticeship framework removals

The government’s decision on the phasing out of the next wave of apprenticeship frameworks has again be postponed, this time until the autumn.

ISG signs Young Women’s Trust’s pledge to improve apprenticeships for women

ISG, the global construction services company, has today signed the Young Women’s Trust pledge to help more young women in apprenticeships. As employers fear a skills gap will harm productivity across the UK, the charity will work with ISG to increase the number of young women joining its apprenticeship programme. 

Berkeley Group hunts for Britain’s best apprentice

The search is on for the top apprentices working in construction. The Berkeley Group has launched a call for entries at the start of its second annual Apprentice Awards campaign. With house builders needing tens of thousands of new recruits over the next decade, Berkeley is calling on schools and FE colleges to help champion careers in construction.   

·         Right now, 98% of young people believe that more can be done in school and colleges to hope students find an apprenticeship 

·         The Berkeley Group is committed to having at least 1,500 people in apprenticeships or training by April 2018 

·         925 of young people believe their school prioritises exam results over career Advise. Only 175 are advised to explore apprenticeships as a credible route to work 

Government’s new crackdown on illegally low wages for apprentices

Rogue employers who illegally underpay apprentices have been threatened with severe jail sentences, under a new government crackdown on abuses of workers’ rights. 

Plumbing firms blast standard of skills training

The standard of plumbing courses is coming under fire as employers are faced with trainees with only basic skills.

Parliamentarians call on training overhaul to help ‘Build Brexit’

Brexit could prove disastrous for the delivery of new homes and infrastructure unless transitional arrangements are put in place to allow the construction industry to easily draw on EU workers while it skills up a domestic workforce in greater numbers.

Bridge into Construction Programme Takes Shape

Build UK and Collab Group’s ‘Bridge into Construction’ programme is taking shape, with the programme being promoted to potential students in advance of the new academic year.

Government responds to Modernise or Die

Anyone hoping for a radical government response to Mark Farmer’s industry review will have been left disappointed today.



Breaking: Apprenticeship pay survey exposes rise in proportion paid illegal wages

Nearly a fifth of apprentices at level two and level three are illegally paid less than the minimum wage, according to the government’s long-delayed apprenticeship pay survey.

Applications for the 2017 Young Builder of the Year Awards close on Friday 28th July.

If you have a suitable candidate(s), please submit your application(s) as soon as possible.

CCATF & City & Guilds to host T-Level Workshop

The recently announced partnership between the CCATF and City & Guilds continues to develop and offer organisations opportunities to discuss key skills issues facing the construction industry.

All-party parliamentary group on apprenticeships calls for pay reform

Pay for apprentices should be far more flexible, increasing in line with their experience and level of qualification, the all-party parliamentary group on apprenticeships has recommended.

MP report calls for stability to tackle Brexit skills shortage threat

Brexit could have a disastrous impact on the delivery of new homes and infrastructure unless transitional arrangements are put in place to allow the construction industry to easily draw on EU workers while it skills up a domestic workforce in greater numbers.

FMB says CITB’s future dependent on fundamental change

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has backed the government’s decision to support the continuation of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Two weeks until builders finish at Bath College’s new Construction Skills Centre

 Student Luke Nutland has just two weeks left working on Bath College’s new Construction Skills Centre as part of the site management team.

New minister backs construction industry’s double levy

The construction industry will not be released from the “double whammy” of levy charges it currently pays, the new skills minister has revealed.

Pathway to Construction Event - Free to Attend

The CCATF in collaboration with Camden Council and Carillion PLC are hosting a Pathway to Construction event on Wednesday 2nd August

Halfon hands out ladder flyers on a bid to chair education select committee

Former skills minister Robert Halfon has been handing out flyers to MPs, illustrated with his favourite ladder of opportunity, as he bids to chair the House of Commons Select Committee for education. 

Ministers support reformed CITB at start of Consensus vote

Three Government Ministers have written to James Wates CBE to tell him they back CITB, but it must continue its programme of reform. 


Sarah Beale appointed CEO of CITB on a permanent basis

She was initially named Interim Chief Executive in December 2016, following the resignation of Adrian Belton.

Greening: T-Levels will ‘create an army of skilled young people for British business’

Education secretary Justine Greening will today plead with businesses to help develop and deliver T-Levels, as part of an overhaul of vocational education from aged 16

Apprentice recruitment practice survey launched to help get most from the levy

AELP and GetMyFirstJob have launched a survey to get a snapshot view of the recruitment market for apprentices following the levy’s introduction.

CITB confirms its proposed reduced levy rate for 2018-2020.

 The proposal is to cut the CITB levy rate from its present 0.5% to 0.35% PAYE, with the subcontractor NET CIS rate staying the same at 1.25%.

Anne Milton to be new skills minister

Milton would replace Robert Halfon who announced yesterday that he would not be reappointed to the job of apprenticeships and skills minister.  Anne Milton is to take on the brief as minister for apprentices and skills, Tes understands.

CCATF gains funding for Pathway to Construction from B&CE Charitable Trust

The CCATF are delighted to announce it has successfully secured £10,000 of funding for its ‘Pathway to Construction’ (PtC) scheme from B&CE Charitable Trust.

Higher FM apprenticeships approved

The standards for two new apprenticeships in facilities management have secured government approval.

Young people think apprenticeships are for 'male' industries

Parents also assume apprenticeships are more prevalent in 'male' sectors

Nearly two thirds of 16 to 18 year olds believe most apprenticeship opportunities are in sectors characterised by largely male workforces, according to research from Prudential.

The Conservatives’ ‘Forward Together’ outlines plans for FE and skills.

The Conservatives’ long-awaited general election manifesto, called ‘Forward Together’, has just been launched, outlining its plans for FE and skills.

Householders prefer building firms who employ apprentices

Householders are more likely to hire construction companies who train apprentices according to new research from the Federation of Master Builders.

The Apprenticeship Levy is an investment, not a tax

Last month the government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy, which all employers operating in the UK will have to pay, charged at a rate of 0.5 per cent of companies’ annual pay bill. The government is committed to increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships and aims to create an additional 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020; the levy will help to deliver these new apprenticeships and support quality training by putting employers at the centre of the system.

Are apprentices as accepted in industry as graduates?

Findings indicate a surge in the popularity of apprenticeships around the UK. Indeed, a report published by the House of Commons Library last November found over 500,000 apprenticeships commenced in 2015/16 – a jump of almost 10,000 compared to the previous year. 

Apprentices learning woodworking skills

House builder Bloor Homes has taken on a team of carpentry apprentice masters to prepare its new recruits for a career in the construction industry. The privately-owned developer now has dedicated carpentry apprentice masters in each of its seven regions across the country, passing on their knowledge and experience to young apprentices on site.

CCATF Announces new Apprenticeship funding agreement with CSCS

The CCATF has reached agreement with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) for a funding package in support of the CCATF’ ‘Pathway to Construction’ Scheme. 

Skills crisis leaves historic buildings at risk

 Britain’s beloved historic buildings are at risk, due to a restoration skills crisis that threatens the future of some of our best-known national treasures, warns a RICS and YouGov survey.

Bridge into construction work experience opportunities

The development of a new Further Education construction course is now underway, with Pearson accrediting the qualification before its launch at seven colleges in September.

Making sense of the 20% off-the-job apprenticeship funding rule

One of the most important apprenticeship funding rules from May is the requirement that every apprentice “spends at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training”.

Mum the builder: Women twice as likely to take charge of building projects, says FMB

When it comes to making vital decisions regarding building work, women are twice as likely to have the final say on the style and scope of the project, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).


Record numbers starting construction apprenticeships

Construction apprenticeship starts are at a record high, according to figures released by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) during National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March).


School children given no info on careers in construction

Half of school age children have never been given any information on possible jobs in construction by teachers or careers advisers.


Chancellor to announce ‘over £500m’ per year in extra funding for post-16 skills reform

 The Budget will invest new funding in FE from 2019 to pay for increasing the amount of training for 16 to 19-year-olds by more than 50 per cent to over 900 hours a year.


DfE encourages more businesses to offer apprenticeships

Small businesses from across England feature in the Get In Go Far campaign, highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships.

Get In Go Far - the government’s flagship campaign to promote apprenticeships - launched a new wave of activity today (23 February 2017), focused on promoting apprenticeships to employers.


CITB launches biggest-ever Levy consultation

 The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is embarking on the biggest consultation the organisation has ever undertaken, with all in-scope employers being asked to give their views on the Levy proposal for 2018.


Apprenticeship funding: how it will work

Want to know more about how the up-coming Apprenticeship Levy funding package will work. follow our link - http://tinyurl.com/zmjbpxo



Do apprenticeships have a bad image?

Colleges working closely with employers could help with the so-called 'image problem' of apprenticeships, writes one college executive. According to reports in the media, apprenticeships are great. They’re becoming more and more popular and have huge backing from the government, so it seems odd to read in a survey that more than 90 per cent of 18-24 year olds aren’t interested in starting one. So what’s going on?


FE Week victory: apprenticeship rules ban brokerage

 Public funds cannot be used to pay brokers’ fees, the Skills Funding Agency has officially ruled.


A letter from the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon for apprenticeship training providers to send to new apprentices.

Apprenticeship training providers can personalise this letter and use it to welcome new apprentices as they start their new role.

The letter emphasises the benefits of apprenticeships and gives new apprentices the added confidence that they have made a great career choice.




Institute for Apprenticeships board members announced

Full details of how the Institute for Apprenticeships will operate have today (27 January 2017) been set out in an operational plan for consultation alongside the names of 8 members of the board appointed to run the institute.


CITB sets out grant overhaul

The CITB has revealed plans to overhaul the way it pays grants to construction firms.

Interim chief executive of the training board Sarah Beale told Construction News its proposals would see the introduction of automated grant payments from April 2018 – with firms no longer having to apply to the CITB for the cash.


Construction skills shortage gets worse, warns FMB

The skills shortage in the construction industry has got worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).


It’s official: public sector apprenticeships target set at 2.3 percent

The government has confirmed that at least 2.3 per cent of the workforce in public sector bodies in England will have to be apprentices, in a move requiring that 200,000 more will have to be recruited by 2020.


CITB unveils Levy proposal to fund new offer to industry

 CITB is to begin its consultation with industry on a new Levy offer which would see an across the board reduction in the Levy for all firms to fund a new more relevant offer for industry and a reformed grants scheme.


UK backs away from EU worker levy proposal

The UK government has distanced itself from a proposal made by a minister for a £1,000-a-year levy on each EU skilled worker recruited by British employers after Brexit.


New Construction Minister appointed at crucial moment, says FMB

 The new Construction Minister has been appointed at a crucial juncture in the industry’s history, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the announcement that Lord Prior has taken over responsibility for the construction portfolio at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 


UK considering £1,000 levy on skilled EU workers post-Brexit


The UK government is considering imposing a £1,000-a-year levy ($1,212) on each skilled European Union worker hired by British companies in the wake of Brexit, a move that would affect a construction industry strained by a skills shortage.


Dont miss - Apprenticeship grant: employer fact sheet

The AGE 16 to 24 grant for employers aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the apprenticeship programme. click here to download factsheet.

70% of builders report material price hikes, warns FMB

70% of UK builders have seen an increase in material prices due to the depreciation of the pound, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed. 


NFB Business & Skills announces Tessa Jowell as keynote speaker for IMPACT roadshow events

The National Federation of Builders is delighted to announce Tessa Jowell as keynote speaker for their upcoming corporate social responsibility (CSR) roadshows to be held across England as part of their CITB funded programme, IMPACT.  


Investing in the human infrastructure: Apprenticeships in the Engineering and Construction Sector

The benefits of the UK becoming a thriving environment for apprenticeships are nowhere more evident than in the construction and engineering sector. 



City & Guilds and CCATF join forces to build strong foundations for construction industry


Global leaders in skills development City & Guilds and the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) have joined forces to bring a new approach to apprenticeships in the UK construction industry, ensuring that it has the skilled people it needs both now and in the future.


Rush to recruit puts quality of apprenticeships at risk

If the programme is to be successful, apprenticeships need to be pitched at the right level, in the right sectors and aimed at the right age groups

Apprentices will have IfA panel, but no board seat

Skills minister Robert Halfon has confirmed that the new Institute for Apprenticeships will have an apprentice panel made up of learners and students. The move comes after criticism from some corners that a lack of representation from those actually undertaking apprenticeships would undermine the IfA’s mission.

CEO of the Construction Industry Training Board Adrian Belton has resigned.

The training body, which is now subject to a Government review into its future role, revealed that Belton would formally exit at the end of the year.

WorldSkills: extra funding needed to keep Team UK on top of the world

Funding for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi ‘at tipping point’ despite record EuroSkills success


EuroSkills 2016 has been a competition to remember for Team UK, with its representatives returning from Gothenburg in Sweden with a record haul of medalsBut the organisation behind the UK’s successful campaign has warned that a series of funding cuts have left it at a “tipping point”.


CITB to strengthen Consensus process

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is to treble the number of construction employers that are surveyed as part of its compulsory Levy Order Consensus process.

Lets talk apprenticeships - CCATF Chairman discusses skills and apprenticeships with Safraz Ali

Martyn Price MBE Chair of Cross Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force speaks to Safaraz Ali at the Are you prepared for the apprenticeship levy conference in October 2016.


To see the video conversation click the following link http://tinyurl.com/jal2x2h

Area reviews: final reports and recommendations published

Months after the first reviews started, the first batch of official reports has been published
The first 13 reports from waves one and two were made public on the Department for Education website this afternoon.

Autumn statement: £200m levy pot reduction forecast by Treasury

Fresh concerns have been raised about apprenticeship funding in England, after predictions on what the levy would raise were revised down by £200 million. 

In the Phillip Hammond’s autumn statement on Wednesday, government forecasts suggested that the levy would raise a projected £2.8 billion in 2019/20.

Autumn Statement: Hammond approves 10p apprentice minimum wage rise

The national minimum wage for apprentices will rise from £3.40 per hour to £3.50 – a bigger increase than rates for most other groups – following the autumn statement.

UK apprentice speaks up in Brussels

A UK tech apprentice was in Brussels this week to talk about young people and skills. 

How might the move to End Point Assessment impact upon Apprenticeships?


Currently only 1% of Apprentices are on the new standards, and are thus being assessed formally at the end of their Apprenticeship. As the SFA tips the scales of funding in favour of the new standards, we all expect that number to climb in 2017.

 But what impact does End Point, rather than modular, assessment have on the apprenticeship experience? Why was the change introduced and what can we learn from similar moves across education? 

Strong indication of English and maths post-16 requirement change

The strongest indication yet has been given that the Department for Education is planning to change its English and maths requirements for post-16 learners, by apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon.

Skills Minister: Skills Show ‘the best of Britain’

Robert Halfon, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, hailed the three-day event at Birmingham’s NEC as a crucial date in the UK calendar to help bridge a 'complex' skills shortage which had arisen over the last five years.

Regional assemblies united against Levy plans

Bad news for the government’s plans to roll out the Apprentice Levy next year. Following the publication of budgets generated by the levy, members of two of the UK’s devolved assemblies have rejected the scheme, claiming it is unworkable and will deliver few benefits to companies and employees in their regions.

Policy Exchange: forget targets, focus on apprenticeship quality

Another major report has been published focusing on the quality and delivery of apprenticeships in the UK. Today, the Policy Exchange has issued its latest white paper, “The Skills We Need, And Why We Don’t Have Them: How Apprenticeships should be reformed to make the UK compete on the global stage” and concluded that the standard of apprenticeships is still falling short, and that without significant change the government risks wasting up to half a billion pounds on sub-standard training.

CCATF to attend House of Lords based “Celebrating Enterprise” event

CCATF are delighted to have been invited to attend this years “Celebrating Enterprise” event being hosted at the House of Lords by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI).

CCATF Marketing and Communications Head selected as Judge for Builder & Engineer Awards 2016.

The CCATF are delighted to announce that Head of Marketing, Communications and External Affairs, Christopher Selby had been invited to take part, for the second time, as a judge at the prestigious Builder & Engineer Awards taking place, this year, at Anfield, the home of Liverpool F.C.

What does Brexit vote mean? For construction: a slowdown

The construction industry is facing a slowdown in growth in the aftermath of the EU referendum vote, according to the latest data from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

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