May 16, 2020

The UK’s Crown Commercial Service launches bidding for £1.2bn public sector buildings framework

UK
government
Crown Commercial Service
Modular buidings
Sophie Chapman
1 min
UK government to select panel for modular buildings
The Crown Commercial Service, the UK government’s executive agency and trading fund, has launched the bidding process for a £1.2bn (US$1.53bn) modula...

The Crown Commercial Service, the UK government’s executive agency and trading fund, has launched the bidding process for a £1.2bn (US$1.53bn) modular framework.

The agency is aiming to produce a panel of suppliers that will deliver module buildings for the nation’s public sector.

The new framework will be divided into seven lots, with half of the lots covering hire only arrangements.

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The lots include: ‘Purchase of Education related Modular Buildings’, ‘Purchase of Healthcare related Modular Buildings’, ‘Hire of Education related Modular Buildings’, ‘Hire of Healthcare related Modular Building, ‘Hire or Purchase of non-Education and non-Healthcare related Modular Buildings’, ‘Hire or Purchase of non-Education and non-Healthcare related Modular Buildings’, and Hire or Purchase of non-Education and non-Healthcare related Modular Buildings’.

The framework is set to replace the existing framework created by the Department for Education and Skills earlier this year.

The module orders are expected to be valued at up to £522mn ($666mn), with the orders to be released over the coming four years.

The appointment of panel will begin in March next year.

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Jun 11, 2021

Apprenticeships can bridge skills gap says Autodesk director

Autodesk
CITB
apprenticeships
Training
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Construction Skills Network says UK industry must fill 216,800 posts by 2025

The UK construction industry needs 216,800 new workers by 2025 to meet rising demand, according to the Construction Skills Network published by CITB.

Even before Covid-19, it was estimated it needs to attract 400,000 new recruits each year to meet the UK’s infrastructure needs.

But given one in three current construction employees are over 50 there is predicted to be a 20-25% decline in the available workforce over the next decade. And with end of the free movement of people from the EU, it has further limited access to skilled talent.

Mike Pettinella, Director, Autodesk Construction Solutions EMEA, believes the solution may be one that is hardly new, but might have taken a back seat during the pandemic.

"Apprenticeships could help us bridge the construction skills gap and meet this rapidly rising demand, and attract a new crop of younger talent to the industry," he said.

"Apprenticeships benefit everyone. For candidates, it’s an opportunity to learn valuable skills without incurring thousands of pounds of student debts. For employers, it’s a chance to train up employees in the competencies that are really needed – combining technical knowledge with collaboration and team work, which are equally important as you enter a new industry. And if you’re a larger company and already required to pay the apprenticeship levy, it makes sense to ensure you’re benefitting from the scheme too."

Marshall Construction recently took on nine new apprenticeships covering various roles. "Some of our previous apprentices have left and started their own businesses, which sets them up for life," said Chairman Robert Marshall. "Most of our current managers came from organic growth within the business whom we have trained to our own standards." Firms such as Barnwood Construction and Keepmoat Homes are also advertising and supporting apprenticeships.

According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand. Scotland (1.4%) and Wales (0.7%) are also predicted to fare well. The only region forecast to see a slight decline in workforce is the North East (-0.1%).

Major projects such as HS2 are driving growth in some regions and infrastructure (5.2%) and private housing (6.7%) should see the healthiest pace of expansion by 2025.

The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the future shape of work will be profound. Modelling by the McKinsey Global Institute on the effects of technology adoption on the UK workforce shows that up to 10 million people, or around 30 percent of all UK workers, may need to transition between occupations or skill levels by 2030.

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