Weekly News Bulletin – 14th December

This week we saw positive news for the Black Country, which is where Metsec is based, as The Business Desk reported that more than 4,800 have benefitted from free skills training. Upskilling employees is key to ensure industries, such as construction, continue to evolve and maximise the latest technologies.

Apprenticeships remain in the news agenda this week too, as Global Construction Review shared a story reporting that a UK construction employers’ body has issued warnings of a labour shortage, as a result of the decreasing number of apprenticeships entering the industry. Apprenticeships are key to the future of construction and it’s important that businesses and the Government work together to encourage this form of training. Find more about our apprenticeships here.

In other news, BIM remains a talking point, with a new report exploring how the software can add value to intelligent buildings. PBC Today shared news highlighting how BIM can move construction forward by helping to transform buildings into smart, optimised, intelligent buildings. We recognise the importance of BIM and how it’s changing the way buildings, infrastructure and utilities are planned, designed and managed. Watch this short video to find out more about how BIM can help your project.

Another hot topic is offsite construction, and this week Politics Home featured a story discussing Lord Mair’s approval of this form of manufacture. He believes that it can lead to lower costs, faster delivery and increased quality. Have you seen our piece by our sales director for framing, outlining the benefits of this method of construction? Read it here.

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Nearly 5,000 employees boosted by free skills training in the Black Country

More than 4,800 people in the Black Country have benefited from free skills training through a programme to support businesses in upskilling employees, raising productivity and boosting business growth.


UK construction employers warn of labour famine after apprenticeship numbers collapse

A UK construction employers’ body has warned that the industry will “grind to a halt” amid a collapse in the number of people becoming apprentices, a fall it blames on a controversial policy to boost those very numbers.


BIM adds value to intelligent buildings, says report

A new report from Navigant Research examines how building information modelling (BIM) adds value to intelligent buildings


Lord Mair: Off-site manufacture has the potential to transform the construction industry

New technologies such as off-site manufacture could considerably improve the productivity of the construction industry, says Lord Mair.