A new report from Kier called Averting a £90bn GDP crisis points to a need for business and government to do more to improve out of date careers advice. The study found that 90% of teachers are unaware of the scale of the recruitment shortfall in the construction sector, with 41% not realising that there […]

We have recently surveyed construction professionals, asking them questions about their journal readership, blog readership, social media activity and use of construction product directories. This is to inform the fifth edition of the Construction Media Index report. How have the findings changed since our last Construction Media Index survey? In this article I take a […]

A major CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) report into migration and the construction industry has revealed that a third of firms employ migrant workers. Over a third of employers who employ staff from outside the UK say they do so because there are not enough skilled applicants from the UK, rather than for cheaper labour. […]

How can construction draw in new talent? A survey of over 350 contractors, conducted by ECIC, has revealed that there is high pressure for the sector to meet demands with the current skills shortage continuing. According to the survey, 78% of contractors admitted they were impacted by the skills shortage, with 56% planning to increase […]

AR and wearable tech to improve construction site safety Augmented reality is being used by Skanska in their training. By using 1:1 scale virtual reality for onsite training they are able to simulate dangerous scenarios that would not be possible at a real physical training grounds. In California, start-up Lightform has developed a new type of […]

Writing for PBC Today Buildoffsite argues that, to fix our broken housing market, we need to challenge our use of traditional construction methods and materials. Buildoffsite say “The only viable way to get substantially increased capacity out of a supply chain that is under real strain is to challenge traditional methods of construction and also […]

Traditionally, product innovation in the construction sector has been driven by changes in regulations, requiring manufacturers to add new performance characteristics to their products. Today we are at a critical point requiring significant changes in behaviour, driven by reducing skills availability, increasing costs, greater focus on building outcomes and digital technology as an enabler. Competitive […]

BIM adoption and the standardisation of product data Results of a survey, by Construction Manager and BIM+ have revealed that a high proportion of public sector clients are failing to adopt BIM on their projects and that 1 in 4 said they did not ask for BIM adoption on their projects. They surveyed clients, contractors […]

In response to the recently launched Procuring for Growth Balanced Scorecard by the government, The CPA has produced new procurement guidance tool. Dr Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive at the Construction Products Association, said “The CPA tool will signpost procurers to the established set of international and European standards, Publicly Available Specifications (PAS’s) and certifications schemes […]

A year has passed since the government BIM level 2 mandate came into force and the UK is seeing world leading development being done in the area of BIM. Yet since the level 2 Mandate, Brexit fears have exacerbated the skills gap faced by the industry, as well as impacted on the costs of materials. […]