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New Inquiry Launched On The Government’s Management Of Major Projects
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On Thursday (11 October) the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee launched an inquiry on the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio. The portfolio currently has 133 projects with a value of £423 billion. This includes high profile infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, HS2 and Hinkley Point but also major Government ICT projects, projects

Transport Secretary Announces Terms Of Reference For Forthcoming Rail Review
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Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP announced the terms of reference for the Government’s forthcoming Rail Review. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Grayling said: “When I took over as Transport Secretary in 2016 I said that change was needed. I started to bring together the operation of the tracks and trains,

B&CE Launches Pilot Group On Occupational Health
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B&CE has launched a pilot group of 18 companies to help develop a new product to improve occupational health provision across the construction industry. Each year in construction, 80,000 workers suffer from illnesses caused or made worse by their work, with too few having access to occupational health services. B&CE is working to improve the

Proposed Measures To End Late Payment To Small Businesses
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New measures to tackle the issue of late payment to small businesses have been unveiled today by the Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst, who has also launched a call for evidence on the matter. Part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, the proposals include measures to empower trade bodies to highlight best and worst practices in

CITB London Conference 2018
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On Tuesday 2 October, CECA Director of External Affairs Marie-Claude Hemming attended the CITB London Conference, where she chaired a Q&A session with Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, and a key member of Sadiq Khan’s team. In the session, Pipe spoke primarily about the Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) Programme. Its launch

Chancellor Announced Measures To Boost Skills, Growth & Prosperity
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond today announced a package of measures to support business to boost skills, growth, and prosperity in the economy. Mr Hammond pledged Government support for apprentices, adult training, steps to boost management skills in small businesses, and to ensure the UK’s regulatory system is fit for the future. The

Apprenticeship Levy Reform
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The Government today (1 October 2018) announced a package of reforms to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy provides people with the skills they need to succeed. The changes are aimed at providing flexibility for businesses so they can take full advantage of the benefits of employing apprentices, and to help as many people as possible find

CECA: HS2 “Vital” In Rebalancing Economy
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Commenting on calls over the weekend from Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to scrap or delay the construction of HS2, CECA Director of External Affairs, Marie-Claude Hemming said: “HS2 is vital in helping the UK Government realise its ambition to rebalance the UK economy. “As the HS2 programme move towards

CECA: MAC Recommendations Will Drive ‘Brain Drain’ To London
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Civil engineering contractors today expressed serious concern over recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee to adopt a Canada-style migration system. The Committee’s report said that free movement of labour from the EU should end after Brexit, and that there should be no preferential access to the labour market for citizens of any other country or

West Midlands Scheme Launched To Encourage More Women Into Construction
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A new scheme which aims to recruit more women into the construction industry will launch this autumn in the Midlands – running from the 17 September to 5 October. The scheme, the ‘Women into Civil Engineering Programme’, will see CECA joining forces with CITB and Women into Construction (WiC) to launch a three-week training programme.