Companies that recruit apprentices can see a return on investment (RoI) as soon as year two of the apprenticeship programme, according to new figures from The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP).
The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) has signed a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding with the China International Contractors Association (CHINCA). The MoU will improve collaboration between international and Chinese businesses, facilitate skills transfer and increase the use of FIDIC contracts.
Trustees of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has formally agreed to join the global declaration of an environment and climate emergency. The Institute also pledged to support the government’s 2050 net zero emissions target.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced on 12th June that the UK will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050. The statutory instrument to amend the Climate Change Act 2008 was laid before Parliament on the same day.
The ECA and other members of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) are launching a series of programmes to bring industry and education together. The move follows a report that highlights school leavers as poorly-prepared for careers in engineering or electrotechnical sectors.
In the next of a series of moves to enhance the robustness of cardholder qualifications, CSCS and SKILLcard are requiring all applicants to have satisfactorily completed the CITB health, safety and environment test or approved equivalent. This will now be the only way to show satisfactory evidence of health and safety compliance.
Leading UK engineers have assessed the possibility of using hydrogen in place of natural gas in the UK’s gas grid and concluded that there is no reason why this cannot be achieved safely. This would contribute significantly to the UK’s 2050 carbon emission reduction target and help address the climate emergency.
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In May, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) proposed new ambitious targets for the government to reduce greenhouse gases to zero by 2050. The CCC report Net Zero – the UK’s contribution to stopping climate change calls for the UK to adopt a new, zero greenhouse gas emission target by 2050 and large-scale low or zero-carbon heating installation by 2030.
Japan’s largest housebuilder has taken a 35% equity stake in the modular arm of UK developer Urban Splash. The multi-million pound investment will see Sekisui House work with Urban Splash and Homes England to deliver thousands of new homes.
BSRIA’s annual World BACS study for 2018 shows that the global market for BACS products grew by an estimated 4% annual growth rate (AGR) to reach more than US $6.3 billion in 2018 and is forecast to reach US $7.8 billion in 2023. This in turn supports the larger market for value added services and maintenance.
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has delivered a framework for the UK construction and property industry to transition new and existing buildings to becoming net zero carbon by 2050, to meet the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement.
In the wake of the recent insolvency statistics published by Office of National Statistics (ONS) the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has called for urgent action on measures to tighten payment security.
A new labour market report on the electrotechnical industry has estimated that between 12,500 and 15,000 additional skilled electricians will be needed over the next five years to accommodate forecasted growth.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has demanded that no new homes be connected to the gas grid from 2025. In its report UK Housing: Fit for the future, the CCC also says that existing homes should be retrofitted for efficiency and use of heating technologies such as heat networks or heat pumps.