Monthly Archives: February 2016

Skills gap targeted as guide to employing next generation published

Construction leaders are smashing the barriers that block young people from entering the industry as part of plans to attract a new generation into the sector.

The Strategic Forum for Construction, working with the Construction Leadership Council, today publishes comprehensive guidance for companies who want to give under 18s their first step in the industry.

Currently many businesses that want to provide jobs and work experience to under 18s face difficulties due to perceived issues including safety regulations, insurances and safeguarding. This is stopping young people from getting a foothold in the sector at precisely the time when many are making their career choices.

The Strategic Forum Guidance for Employing Young People provides clear information on how under 18s should be introduced to the industry and managed once employed, as well as a sample risk assessment to help employers.

The guidance, which was an agreed action within Construction 2025 and has been developed by Build UK, is available on the Strategic Forum’s website at

Build UK chief executive Suzannah Nichol said: “in the race for talent our industry faces significant recruitment challenges over the next decade. There is a generation that is ready to meet our needs, yet we may miss them if we make it difficult for them to get a taste of our sector through a first job or work experience. We hope that this guidance will give employers the confidence to give young people, under the age of 18, an opportunity to see the broad range of careers construction offers”.


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Strategic Forum for Construction Relaunches for 2016

Industry leaders have set ambitious plans to drive improvement across the sector with the relaunch of the Strategic Forum for Construction.

In 2016 the Forum will be targeting delivery of four cross-industry work streams covering payment, pre-qualification, procurement models, and industry Commitments. The Forum will soon publish further details of each, along with details of how companies can get involved in each work stream.

The Strategic Forum was formed in 2001 to bring together representatives from the industry’s customers, contractors, specialists, professionals and products companies. Since 2013 it has been working with the Government to support delivery of the recommendations of Construction 2025, the industrial strategy for construction.

The reformation of the Construction Leadership Council, and merger of the National Specialist Contractors Council with the UK Contractors Group to form Build UK has seen a refresh of the Strategic Forum, making it more representative of industry while focussing on the delivery of key improvements for industry.

The Strategic Forum’s members are:

Build UK

Construction Alliance

Construction Clients Group

Construction Industry Council

Construction Products Association

Specialist Engineering Contractors Group


The Forum is chaired on a rotating basis by representatives from each of its six members. The Home Builders Federation and CBI also attend Forum meetings

Construction Products Association chairman John Sinfield said: “The Strategic Forum provides the whole industry with the opportunity to work together to tackle some of the major challenges that stand in the way of better, more efficient delivery for our customers. We are looking forward to pushing ahead with the Strategic Forum’s agenda in 2016, driving improvements across the sector”

Construction Industry Council chairman Tony Burton said: “As the only body that represents the whole of the construction sector, the Strategic Forum is perfectly placed to work collaboratively on major industry issues. Our members have agreed four key work streams for 2016, and we expect to see substantial activities this year in each area. In doing so we will help make life better for companies across the country”.


For further details please contact Alasdair Reisner on 0207 340 0454 or