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NEC BIRMINGHAM   10-12 OCTOBER 2017

Construction Matters... and so do you

Through collaboration and a unified voice, UK construction can make itself heard like never before, shout about its positive impact on our society, and educate the wider population on its importance.

Forming part of a wider campaign that harnesses the power of social media and national press to champion our industry, the UK Construction Week blog – Construction Matters – aims to provide an invaluable platform for both industry stakeholders and innovative brands to address the key themes and topics facing UK construction today.

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The clock is ticking... know your rating?

19/06/2017, 11:27 | By: Nathan Garnett | #Skills
the-clock-is-ticking-know-your-rating UK Construction Week’s Nathan Garnett underlines the importance of knowing your current EPC rating and why this is such a pressing matter. Hands up if you know what your EPC rating is? An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A to G, this is required...

Incentivising change: Show me the money

12/06/2017, 10:31 | By: Sasha Reed | #Collaboration
incentivizing-change-show-me-the-money Sasha Reed, Vice President of Strategic Development at Bluebeam Inc, reflects on the BIM Level 2 mandate, explains why it's a risky proposition for many of the groups required to use it, and why the industry must ensure that whatever means are used to deliver on its promise, everyone benefits...

FIS Skills: Joining the dots

05/06/2017, 13:39 | By: Helen Yeulet | #Collaboration
joining-the-dots Helen Yeulet, Skills Delivery Director at FIS Skills, sets out what the new FIS Skills Programme, Fit-Out Futures, has planned for skills development within the finishes and interiors sector. It seems the construction sector is broken. It’s no secret that skills shortages, caused by lack of new...

How to make social media work in construction

30/05/2017, 09:41 | By: Anna Jester | #Skills
how-to-make-social-media-work-in-construction Anna Jester is director of Jester Communications and helps companies deliver inspired communication, both inside and out, for improved business performance. With a specialism in construction, she looks at the value of social media in the sector and shares some golden rules to making it work for your...

Election message is ‘grow your own skills’

22/05/2017, 11:24 | By: Tony Howard | #Skills
election-message-is-grow-your-own-skills Tony Howard, Director of Training at BESA, on why it’s more important than ever to nurture the workforce of tomorrow, why vocational training is crucial to tackling the UK’s poor productivity, and how the introduction of T Levels can help support the development of a more prosperous and inclusive...

Meeting the Energy Trilemma

15/05/2017, 11:17 | By: Edward Thompson | #Innovation
meeting-the-energy-trilemma With the UK struggling to find a secure, affordable and green energy supply, Edward Thompson, director at the Ground Source Heat Pump Association, explains how heat transfer and ground source energy systems can help meet the energy trilemma, and why recycling isn’t exclusive to plastic bags and old...
redefining-the-role-of-the-role-model With women making up just 11 per cent of the construction workforce, Manon Bradley, Development Director at the Major Projects Association, draws on her experience as a World Champion Powerlifter to re-examine the role of the role model, and explains why the "accepted wisdom" of setting examples...
educating-people-on-a-career-in-construction Alexandra Logan, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Cundall, discusses challenging perceptions of construction, why the industry needs to become better at communicating, and how open dialogue between young people, educators and the industry can turn the tide on the skills shortage. It’s been well...
geared-up-and-ready-to-go-the-time-is-right-for-timber Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association, explains why innovative timber construction is the only way to meet government housing targets, and why offsite's key players are lining up to take centre stage. The dust has now settled following the launch of the Housing White...

Construction Matters in this General Election

18/04/2017, 15:26 | By: Nathan Garnett | #Collaboration
construction-matters-in-this-general-election Following Theresa May’s surprise announcement of a snap general election, UK Construction Week's Nathan Garnett, stresses the importance of construction to the UK's economy and calls on the industry to fight against the noise of what could become EU Referendum Number 2. It hardly seems we get a year...

Changing, Gaming and Training

10/04/2017, 09:27 | By: Sarah Davis | #Skills
changing-gaming-and-training Sarah Davis is CEO of Skills4Stem, a skills and succession planning consultancy with a focus within the built environment. She reflects on how innovative approaches to skills analysis might help better prepare the industry for the challenges of tomorrow. If we look ahead – the next 5, 10 or 15 years...
addressing-the-skills-shortage-through-diversity-and-inclusion Christina Riley, Founder of LGBT Construct, discusses the impact of Brexit on UK construction, the importance of a dynamic skilled workforce, and why we must change the culture of the industry through collaboration on the diversity agenda. Last week the government triggered Article 50 and Brexit...
moving-towards-smarter-buildings-infrastructure-and-energy Paul Reeve, Director of Business and External Affairs at the Electrical Contractors’ Association, predicts the 2017 climate for the electrical energy industry. The production, distribution and use of electrical energy has always invited technological change, and, occasionally, commercial disruption....

Competency equals customer service?

20/03/2017, 10:51 | By: Roger Webb | #Skills
competency-equals-customer-service Roger Webb, Director of External Affairs for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), reflects on the recent publication of The Bonfield Review and what implications this may have for plumbing and heating professionals in the UK. After much anticipation and with little...
are-the-virtues-of-iot-subject-to-hype-or-becoming-part-of-the-fake-news-that-is-becoming-the-vogue-of-2016-17 Brian Back, Managing Director and Founder of Radio Data Networks Limited, on the misinformation concerning IoT, why it’s important to educate the market to ask the right questions, and who is actually responsible should it all go wrong? Has anybody stopped to think about the consequences of IoT...

Why don’t young people want to work in construction?

06/03/2017, 09:53 | By: Jacques Prior-Chadfield | #Image
why-don-t-young-people-want-to-work-in-construction The construction industry is facing a skills shortage and not enough young people are taking up careers in the sector. Why are millennials turning their backs on jobs in construction and what needs to be done to spin their opinions back around? Fifteen year old guest blogger and Year 10 work...