16 Dec 2014

Carillion aims to train 5,000 apprentices in five years

Carillion has set a target to create 5,000 apprenticeships over the next 5 years across the country. The ambitious target comes as a direct result of the Government’s announcement to end National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25. The tax change will save businesses over £1,000 a year when they employ an apprentice earning £16,000.

Ray Wilson, director and general manager Carillion Training Services, said: “We are enormously proud of our track record in providing employment and training for young people and we have set ourselves a target of employing in excess of 5,000 new apprentices across our network of training centres.

“We welcome the support for apprenticeships announced in the Autumn Statement which will help to give young people genuine life chances and enable them to realise their full potential.

The Carillion apprentices will be based out of the firm’s network of training centres across the country.

Lovell Scoops Contractor Of The Year Award

Housebuilder Lovell has won the Contractor of the Year title at the 2014 Builder & Engineer Awards. The annual awards, organised by industry magazine Builder & Engineer, recognise the construction sector’s top achievers. Lovell regional director, Simon Medler, said: “I’m delighted on behalf of all our employees across the region, as well as the subcontractors and partner organisations that work with us and are very much part of our team.

“Our apprentice business administrator Gabby – a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category – deserves particular praise. Gabby exemplifies our commitment to investing in talented people and helping them build their careers with us.”



16 Dec 2014

New Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Released

The Government has released a new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) to help households improve their energy efficiency. Beginning on Wednesday 10 December, the scheme will open to new applications, with up to £5,600 available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor insulation. Up to £30 million in vouchers will be available and details of further releases will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next release expected in February 2015. This is part of the additional £100 million for household energy efficiency measures announced in October 2014 which is in addition to the £450 million already allocated to household energy efficiency over 2014 – 17.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “This fund is a big success story for the Green Deal – helping thousands of people improve their homes so that they’re warmer, greener and cheaper to run. “The best way people can cut their energy bills, this winter and every winter, is to improve their homes so that they leak less heat and use less energy. That’s why we’ve increased the funding available for the Green Deal to help even more people start saving money sooner.”

08 Dec 2014

Smaller firms plan pay rises

Almost three quarters of small and medium sized construction firms plan to give their employees a pay rise in the next 12 months, according to figures revealed by the Close Brothers Business Barometer. The survey found that of 700 SME owners and managers canvassed the overwhelming majority had penned in pay rises in the new year.


Holiday Pay

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that UK businesses should include overtime as well as basic pay when calculating holiday pay.

Holiday pay must, in broad terms, be based on actual earnings, averaged out over a 12 week reference period.

It should include overtime (that the worker is obliged to work – even though the employer may not offer it) and “travelling time” which are not intended to reimburse expenses but provide additional remuneration.

For clarification you should contact your Employment Law advisor.


CSCS Provisional Cards

CSCS will stop issuing provisional cards with effect from 31st January 2015.

Anyone intending to seek a provisional card needs to do so as soon as possible.

CSCS stopped issuing the green Construction Site Operative (CSO) in July 2014.

CSO card holders need to identify which card they need to have in the future (which depends on what work they carry out on site).

Trade specific card holders will need to ensure that they have the appropriate qualifications to apply for these cards.

08 Dec 2014

Construction employers will learn this month how much they will have to pay under the revised CITB training levy system.

Around 16% of firms will see their bills rise with 84% staying the same or falling.

Companies hit by a rise will mostly see an increase of less than £500.

During December every construction employer in the country will receive a communication from CITB setting out the way the levy will be calculated from 2017.

Employers who have previously declared labour-only payments received, which reduced their levy liability, are being told that this offset facility is being removed to further simplify the system.

Steve Radley, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at CITB said: “The changes we are making to the Levy system come in direct response to requests from the industry for a more transparent, easily operated system that makes it quicker, easier and cheaper to complete annual Levy returns.

“With the industry returning to growth we know that it is ever more important for us to respond quickly to the requests of the industry to enable companies to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

“We are pleased that we have been able to make the levy process more efficient and are working to make sure that employers are aware of the training and other services that are available to their businesses through the Grants Scheme.”

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