31 Mar 2015

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CDM 2015

The new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) come into force on 6 April 2015.

The draft HSE and industry guidance produced in January 2015, and listed below, is being updated and is expected to be published shortly before 6 April on the HSE and CITB websites.

We anticipate that the links below will not change however you may have to refresh them to get the updated content.

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 – Draft guidance on the Regulations

CDM 2015 draft industry guidance

Addition Guidance information is available on the CITB website, where you can also download the CDM Wizard shown below, instructions on its use is included on the web site.


19 Mar 2015

Government has ‘listened to the construction industry’ with apprenticeship voucher scheme

18 March, 2015 | By Tom Fitzpatrick Construction News

The government has “listened to the construction industry” by introducing its new apprenticeship voucher scheme, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Under the scheme, which would come into operation in 2017, employers would register details including their type of business, the apprentice’s details and the apprenticeship standard on a system being developed by the Skills Funding Agency.

Employers would then be eligible for a discounted rate on the cost of training, up to 100 per cent for 16 to 18-year olds.

The employer would pass on a voucher code to their skills provider, who would be able to reclaim the value of the voucher from the Skills Funding Agency.

The FMB offered the initiative their support, adding that the move showed “ministers have listened to the construction industry”.

FMB chief executive Brian Berry said: “It’s been a long and bumpy road since the Richard Review first touted the idea of putting the purchasing power back in the hands of the employer, but today the government has finally set out a clear direction of travel in terms of its apprenticeship funding reforms.”

Mr Berry warned though that the new system could add “additional administrative burden for small firms” and said he wanted to work with government to ensure any bureaucracy is minimised.

In his Budget speech today, the chancellor pledged that as well as abolishing National Insurance contributions for employing under 21s this year, they would be abolished for employing an apprentice under the age of 25 from April next year.

Interserve chief executive Adrian Ringrose said: “The abolition of employers’ NI contributions for employees under 21 years of age and, from next year, the abolition of NI contributions for apprentices, is a step in the right direction.

“We welcome this news and hope it will result in the creation of more apprenticeship opportunities across the UK.”

The Budget costings document showed the total cost to taxpayers of implementing this measure will be £460m between 2016 and 2020.

The chancellor’s Budget also reiterated the pledge that apprentices rates of pay will increase by 57p an hour to £3.30.

However, Seddon Construction training and development manager Tony Costello said the rise was not enough to attract talented young people into the industry.

“While it’s an increase, I still think it’s pitiful for what we do as an industry,” Mr Costello told Construction News.

“We’re looking for skilled people and we’ve put it up 50p.”