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Brexit would lead to shortage of construction staff, says Barratt boss

David Thomas, chief executive of the UK’s largest homebuilder, says an EU exit would impair industry’s ability to build houses.

Britain’s departure from the EU would hit housebuilders’ workforces hard and exacerbate the housing crisis, the boss of the UK’s largest homebuilder has said.

David Thomas, chief executive of Barratt Developments, said: “We would much prefer that the UK stays within the EU. We have a significant part of our labour force, particularly within the London market, coming from continental Europe – the free movement of labour in the European market is a positive from our point of view.”

A vote to leave the EU would mean “even more pressure in terms of skills shortages”, he argued. “If you ask any housebuilder what their main challenge is, they say it’s labour availability.”

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CITB Changes Grace Period on Certificate Renewals

CITB announced changes to the Site Safety Plus Scheme Rules with regards to the way delegates renew their SMSTS and SSSTS certificates.

There is currently a six month grace period in which delegates can sit a refresher course after the date their certificate has expired, as of 31st December 2015 there will be no grace period after your certificate expires. This means that you must now sit a refresher course before your current certificate expires, failure to do so will mean that you have to sit the full course again.

The changes mean all workers who hold these certificates must be aware of their tickets expiry date and ensure they book on to an SMSTS or SSSTS Refresher course before the expiry date. There will be no exceptions to the new rule without a formal appeal being submitted to the CITB for approval.

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FOMAC proud to be supporting CRASH, the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people.

FOMAC are supporting CRASH’s No Christmas Card Appeal. CRASH is the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people.

With the UK bracing itself for a record cold winter, many of us take solace in the knowledge that Christmas will be spent in an environment of warmth, kindness, support and love. For the thousands of homeless in the UK, the festive period has different associations: Isolation. Rejection. Fear. Uncertainty.

As such CRASH is again appealing to the industry to make a practical contribution as part of its No Christmas Card Appeal. As always, the premise for the appeal is very simple: CRASH is asking companies to donate their full Christmas card budget. The money raised will then enable CRASH, through its unique relationship with its patrons, to construct and renovate emergency night shelters, hostels, day centres, hospices and move-on accommodation, providing a safe and welcoming refuge for people in need, not just for Christmas, but throughout the coming year and beyond.

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FOMAC Proud sponsors of Crayford Arrows Black Under 13’s team

Crayford Arrows Black Under 13’s team has gained a new supporter in the shape of leading specialist recruitment company FOMAC.

The specialist construction recruitment agency is sponsoring the junior football team, which plays its home matches in Bakers Field, for the current 2015 season in the Selkent League. The young soccer stars will sport their kit in their upcoming match against Phoenix Sports Lions this Sunday 06/12/2015.

Under 13’s Team Coach Danny Jinks said: We are really grateful to FOMAC, without companies like this sponsoring junior teams like ourselves with new kits it would be very difficult and expensive. I have been a coach for this team  for some time and it has been a pleasure to see them develop and grow. Many thanks to FOMAC for allowing us to look the part, play football and enjoy it with confidence.“

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Construction wage growth ‘double the national average’

Permanent and temporary wages have increased in last 12 months

Construction industry workers have seen their pay levels increase at twice the UK average over recent months, according to a new study.

Research  shows that some building professionals have benefited from wage rises of more than 10% over the last 12 months.

The results reflect rising activity levels within the UK construction industry, with employers aiming to secure skilled workers as they bid for new contracts.

Salaries in the construction industry are on the rise and are higher this year than the levels in 2014.

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Specialist contractors see recruitment struggles hit 14-year high

Skills and Talent shortages within the Construction Industry

Recent Article by Construction Enquirer states:  “The number of specialist contractors struggling to recruit skilled labour is at its highest for 14 years according to the latest trade body survey. As a result of the yawning skills gap over a quarter of firms say they are being forced to turn down work”

The REC Jobs data proved that there are currently 47 areas of skills shortages, with construction falling into this, encompassing as it does a wide range of disciplines from structural engineering to architecture, bricklaying to surveying and has resulted in employers finding it difficult to recruit talent.

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Find a cure for Channan – Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

Her name is Channan Petrides, 

She is 22 years old and suffers with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a Genetic Fault in the Genes that effects several organs and can cause Diabetes, Enlarged Heart, Liver and Digestive problems among others, but mainly it kills the lungs, leaving you oxygen dependent with very little mobility & needing machines to help you breathe until the lungs fail.

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Job interview preparation

The most important step to landing a job is being prepared for your interviews

By doing some preparation you’ll feel more in control, and will appear cool, calm and collected as a result to your prospective employers – qualities always looked for in the perfect candidate.

Here are some preparation tips to help you make a big impact.

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