construction industry

CIJC Guidance on Holiday Entitlement 2021

The Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) has provided a briefing that gives guidance on the programme of Public/Bank holidays and annual holidays, which apply in England, Wales and Scotland until the New Year 2022. The full document can be found here.

EE Smith celebrates four decades of its apprenticeship partnership with Leicester College

Specialist interior fit-out contractor and NAS Member, EE Smith Contracts Ltd, is celebrating four decades of its apprenticeship partnership with Leicester College recruiting 15 youngsters despite Covid-19. John Richardson was among the first apprentices that EE Smith Contracts Ltd sent to the former Southfield College – which became known as Leicester College in 1999 – …

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Covid-19 updates: Job Support Scheme, Fines for companies preventing workers from self-isolation

Working from Home In light of Boris Johnson’s announcement on 22 September, UK office workers have been encouraged to return to working from home, much of the hospitality industry has been given a 22:00 closing time (along with other restrictions), the use of face coverings has been expanded, and last week saw the rule-of-6 being …

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Five Minutes With Gail Hounslea, Chairman of the Ladder Association and Managing Director of Ladderstore

    As part of the NAS’ Working at Height Week, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to spend (a virtual!) Five Minutes With Gail Hounslea, Chairman of the Ladder Association and Managing Director of Ladderstore. 1. How did you first come into this industry? I started a company, Ladderstore, in 2004 to …

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Supporting the move towards zero cash retentions in construction

Cash retentions – the withholding of a percentage of payment on construction work until it is completed free of defects – is intended to provide security to clients that any defects will be rectified appropriately. However they can be problematic for all parties in the supply chain, and retention bonds on larger projects are becoming …

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Safeguarding apprentices – apprenticeship funding, guidance and webinars

Amid the current skills shortage, it is essential that the construction industry safeguards apprentices with formal apprenticeships. In the Retaining Talent in Construction Survey carried out by Build UK on behalf of the Construction Leadership Council, results in June showed that 43% of apprentices were currently furloughed, with 6.7% likely to lose their jobs by …

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Asbestos: awareness and training within our industry

Here at AT&C Ltd we have been quiet during the lockdown period, all the while, life still goes on. Recently we delivered training for essential maintenance staff to undertake works refurbishing Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s plant and energy centre, with another two groups for work in a Royal Residence amongst others. The Licensed Asbestos removal industry …

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