Construction comes to the rescue of lost new talent

The jobs market might be booming, but young adults express concerns about their ability to find suitable career opportunities post-pandemic New Government-backed scheme launches to help young people find apprenticeships and first jobs in construction – an industry fighting hard for new recruits In the wake of official statistics showing Continue Reading

SNIPEF enhances its Industrial Relations offering to Members with appointment of new specialist to give direct advice

The campaigning trade association for the plumbing and heating sector is again enriching the services it offers its Members with the expansion of its Industrial Relations (IR) department and the appointment of another IR specialist. The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation has brought HR Management graduate Rosie Ritchie into a full-time IR Continue Reading

Danger of unqualified electricians must be regulated before there’s a tragedy, SELECT MD tells radio listeners

People’s lives are being put at risk from electrical work carried out by unqualified or incompetent “electricians” the Managing Director of Scotland’s largest construction trade association, SELECT, has told national radio.  Speaking on the popular Thomas Nagy Electrical Show on Fix Radio, Alan Wilson said: rogue tradespeople “pose dangers not only to Continue Reading

National Robotarium appoints first CEO in major milestone for UK’s tech future

A major milestone in the development of the UK’s tech economy has been reached with the appointment of the National Robotarium’s first CEO. The National Robotarium will catalyse innovation and talent development in Robotics and AI.  Stewart Miller is well suited to lead this initiative, a distinguished business leader with Continue Reading

hub South West aims its 12th highly successful Building for Growth programme at ambitious businesses in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway

hub South West, the public-private partnership of local authorities, NHS, blue light services and numerous leading construction industry Tier 1 building contractors, is inviting ambitious construction industry-related businesses to participate in its twelfth Building for Growth programme, run in partnership with its Tier 1 contractor partners.  The online programme, which Continue Reading

SNIPEF hits out at potential for two-tier qualifications in Northern Ireland as Traineeships are pushed through by the DfE

The professional body for the plumbing and heating sector in Northern Ireland has hit out at proposals for traineeships as a route to entry to the sector, saying they are likely to create first- and second-class qualifications which will be detrimental to skills and quality. The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Continue Reading

SELECT says recommendations in new retentions report can be a ‘game-changer’ for the construction industry

Scotland’s largest construction trade association, SELECT, has hailed a new report on cash retentions as “a potential game-changer” – and says its recommendations could lead to greater reinvestment in the industry. The campaigning trade body says the in-depth review by the short life working group (SLWG) could bring an end to the practice Continue Reading

SELECT widens its influence among key stakeholders with substantial expansion of Local Authority Forum

In another encouraging sign that the electrical industry in Scotland is emerging stronger and more focused from the pandemic, the sector is expanding the remit and membership of its influential Local Authority Forum. Run by SELECT, Scotland’s largest construction trade association, the ambitious recalibration to include housing associations, universities and NHS estates Continue Reading