National Apprenticeship Week proved last week that there remains an excellent opportunity for us to look towards the future, and benchmark our performance in developing skills and attracting recruits.
As a former apprentice and now the managing director of a £22m business, I can see the value of apprenticeships from both sides of the fence.
It just wouldn’t be the UK if there weren’t a few days of the year dominated by cold weather and our inability to deal with it.
The industry is still shaking, and will be for many months to come, following the collapse of the UK’s second-biggest contractor.
In his editorial last week – Beware the hungry contractor hoovering up Carillion work – CN editor Tom Fitzpatrick rightly emphasised the need for caution over contractors taking on former Carillion projects.
Anyone in industry, government or the client community who is surprised that a giant main contractor has gone bust clearly hasn’t been paying attention.
If the government wants to solve the housing crisis, it must address the barriers to output that local housebuilders continue to face.
There is no doubt that investment by the Treasury in key areas could make a huge difference in easing pressures on SMEs and freeing them up to grow.
While problems accessing finance are not a new issue for small housebuilders, you would be forgiven for assuming that almost a decade after the financial crisis, this problem would have eased.
Talking points: Your comments on the big storiesSubscription
Carillion has continued to hog the headlines in the past seven days but debate among CN readers has broadened to look at the wider implications and what needs to change.
Rail projects: 3 mistakes your team must avoidSubscription
The sector holds many demons but disputes over complex contracts and tricky engineering can be dodged with a few sensible steps.
Does the wording of your contract reflect your intentions? A recent case shows why contractors should be wary.
Is air quality the next asbestos?Subscription
With air quality high on the agenda – especially in London – could it turn out be the construction industry’s next asbestos?
The granting of third-party rights under construction contracts has become an increasingly popular practice in the UK construction industry. A recent case involving a Yorkshire bank, financial fraud and Paradise Beach might just add weight to that trend.
A case between Leeds Beckett University and Travelers Insurance Company provides a reminder that all-risks insurance does not cover all eventualities.
A decision in the case between North Midland Building and CydenHomes provides clarity on a hotly debated topic within construction law.