Entries by Amy Holmes

8th December Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East The industry’s skills shortage has always been something that has concerned me, so I’m always happy to hear of initiatives or training aimed at upskilling employees or training new recruits with the skills the industry needs. Plans to invest £76m into retraining adults […]

1st December Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Earlier this week, the government announced the long awaited Industrial Strategy white paper. Thankfully, the construction sector was one of the industries chosen to receive a government boost, in the deal planned to boost productivity. As of recently, I’d say the industry has […]

24th November Journal Column

  By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Earlier this week, chancellor Philip Hammond made his first Autumn budget since abolishing the Spring statement and within it was plenty of positive news for the industry. House-building and the industry was front and centre of the statement, with many announcements setting […]

17th November Journal Column

  By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East We live in a world where gadgets and technology make our lives easier daily and wearable technology is one that has the potential to improve safety and increase productivity in the industry. Wearable technology is defined as any accessory or piece of […]

10th November Journal Column

    By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Last month, more than 50 house-building companies committed to upping their game in training and recruitment. The Skills Pledge is the latest scheme to come out of the Home Building Skills Partnership (HBSP). The HBSP is a body that was set […]

3rd November Journal Column

By Alison Nicholl, Associate Director, Constructing Excellence – ‎BRE Earlier this year, BRE launched The Biophilic Office project – an office refurbishment project that will provide evidence that biophilic design will be beneficial to the health, wellbeing and productivity of office workers. Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. […]

27th October Journal Column

  By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East It’s been one year since Mark Farmer’s report ‘Modernise or Die’ was released. Farmer tackled the report with no holds barred and it was intended to shock the industry and government, giving an open and honest review of where the industry was […]

20th October Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East   Last week (10 October), the world and the industry celebrated World Mental Health Day, this year, focussing on mental health in the workplace. The day provides the opportunity for everyone to talk about and recognise mental health issues. Research suggests that those […]

13th October Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East A report on the disability employment gap found that as of last year, only 49% of disabled people were in work. That means there’s still more than half of disabled people who could be out there looking for work, with the ideal skills […]

6th October Journal Column

By Richard Waterhouse, CEO of NBS I’ve always been a supporter of encouraging young people into the construction industry and in the past, the problem always seemed to be with education, not just in skills and training like you would expect, but more in simply educating them on what the industry has to offer. As […]