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NEC BIRMINGHAM   08-10 OCTOBER 2019

Marketing has such a vital role to play in construction 04/12/2018, 15:37 | By: Lauren Barker | #Skills
marketing-has-such-a-vital-role-to-play-in-construction It is just over 3 years ago. I sit there in my interview for a marketing role, waiting for those predictable questions… “What are your biggest weaknesses?”… “Out of all the other candidates, why should we hire you?" I know the process, contract/freelance work has been my life and...
Our extraordinary industry has something for everyone 03/12/2018, 09:28 | By: Rachel Bell | #Skills
our-extraordinary-industry-has-something-for-everyone Architect Rachel Bell is Head of Business Development at Stride Treglown, one of the top 15 architectural practices in the UK. With a strong track record working in several different sectors, her current outward-facing role is well suited to her inclusive, smiling personality. After many years’...
the-construction-industry-is-unique-because-of-the-people-that-work-in-it I have always had links to the construction industry from as long as I remember. Many family members have made very success careers in construction so it’s not a surprise that from an early age I knew the industry I wanted work in. I studied Building Services Engineering and Sustainable Energy...
Being a Wastewater Civil Engineer – It’s awesome! 19/11/2018, 10:02 | By: Sally Walters | #Skills
being-a-wastewater-civil-engineer-it-s-awesome Hi, my name is Sally Walters and I am a Chartered Civil Engineer. I have been a Civil Engineer for over 15 years, working predominantly in the Water sector, more specifically as a Wastewater Engineer! I don’t think when I started my journey in Civil Engineering that I would ever have imagined being a...
construction-industry-is-a-fantastic-vocation-that-should-be-attracting-the-best-and-brightest-of-the-next-generation Construction has an image problem. Sadly, too many young people see it as an unappealing place to work, but that doesn’t deter me. I’ll shout from the rooftops and tell anyone who will listen that our industry is a fantastic vocation that should be attracting the best and brightest of the next...
Unlock opportunity, a new attitude to recruitment 12/09/2018, 16:58 | By: Matthew Tilt | #Skills
unlock-opportunity-a-new-attitude-to-recruitment Matthew Tilt, Governor of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Onley, explains how a government-led drive to reduce reoffending could not only lead to safer streets, but help meet the construction’s recruitment needs. Prisons, with their high walls and closed gates, are often the last place businesses think to...
Help young people to help you, you know it makes sense! 15/08/2018, 13:37 | By: Christine Townley | #Skills
helping-young-people-to-regenerate-their-lives-communities Ahead of her CPD workshop at UK Construction Week – Helping young people to regenerate their lives & communities – Christine Townley, skills and diversity champion at CT Consultants, explains how helping young people help themselves could help your business flourish. We are in challenging times…...
3-things-they-don-t-tell-you-when-responding-to-a-bid Nick Pearce Strategic Director at brand and communications consultancy JPC, shares three must-do things when bidding for large contracts. Search online and you’ll find a wealth of advice on Bid tendering. It sounds pretty obvious and formulaic when you read it. Bid or No bid. Make a plan. Form a...
serious-about-your-working-relationships-get-comfortable-with-the-fact-that-you-re-going-to-be-uncomfortable Ahead of his talk at UK Construction Week – Raising Our Game in the Science of Team Chemistry – Paul Fox, Founder of Constructive Coaching, explains why teams that hold each other to account are the most humane and rewarding to be a part of. Avoiding a sticky conversation, not intervening when a team...
delivering-right-first-time-though-the-inspection-and-test-plan-process Ahead of his talk at the Quality in Construction Summit on June 7, Mike Buss, Head of Quality at Taylor Woodrow, discusses the true purpose of an Inspection & Test Plan, and explains that while an essential assurance tool, we must consider how we plan, manage and monitor the delivery process itself if...
Carillion: Were the government distracted by Brexit? 18/01/2018, 15:37 | By: Nathan Garnett | #Blog
carillion-were-the-government-distracted-by-brexit Following the dramatic collapse of Carillion, UK Construction Week’s Nathan Garnett asks, did the UK’s second largest construction company slip through the cracks because the government were sidetracked by Brexit, and are private finance initiatives really devoid of risk? The demise of Carillion this...
Tearing down walls 09/01/2018, 17:16 | By: Håvard Bell | #Skills
tearing-down-walls Ahead of his talk at The Ultimate BIM Summit on 31 January, Håvard Bell, CEO at Catenda AS, explains how in the age of digitization, the construction industry should be tearing down walls, not building them. We might be in the business of building walls, but when it comes to the ways we will work...
Bridging the gap between industry and education 03/01/2018, 12:40 | By: Mirona Tomala | #Skills
bridging-the-gap-between-industry-and-education Mirona Tomala, Development Graduate at Southern Housing Group, draws on her recent experience as a post-graduate to address some of the key factors contributing to the UK's construction skills crisis. The status of the skills shortage in the industry is well and widely known; reports published,...
Meeting future energy demands 23/11/2017, 15:19 | By: Dr Liam Lidstone | #Skills
meeting-future-energy-demands There is a definitive positive momentum in the electric vehicle market. Government and car manufacturer announcements this year show a pathway to a drastic increase in electric vehicle utilisation and penetration into the global car market. But how prepared are we in the UK to manage the change...
Don’t shy away from the F-word 01/08/2017, 10:11 | By: Nathan Garnett | #Skills
don-t-shy-away-from-the-f-word UK Construction Week’s Nathan Garnett explains what the F-Gas Regulations mean for specifiers, owners and users in the HVAC industry and why it’s important to act now. You’ve probably heard of F-Gases and know a bit about them, but are you aware of the significant impact they have on the HVAC...
A tragic reminder that safety is paramount 03/07/2017, 09:45 | By: Nathan Garnett | #Skills
a-tragic-reminder-that-safety-is-paramount In light of recent tragic events, UK Construction Week’s Nathan Garnett explains why the industry must act swiftly to decipher the latest guidance and advice, why we must deliver facts and not speculation, and why there can be nothing more important than the safety of a building's occupants, no matter...