Entries by Grace

National Women in Engineering Day

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East National Women in Engineering Day (NWED), which takes place next Sunday, highlights the opportunities available for women in engineering. The event takes place every year on 23 June and aims to raise the profile of women in engineering across the world. It’s your […]

Investing in our workers

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East The Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) Skills Workstream last week published its Future Skills Report, urging contractors to hire more employees directly. According to the report, industry workers do not receive enough training and the best way to tackle this issue is for contractors […]

World Environment Day – climate change and the industry

  By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Yesterday we celebrated World Environment Day to encourage awareness and action on protecting the environment. Because of what we do, our industry has the potential to cause a lot of damage but that also means we also have huge potential to make a […]

What ex-offenders can bring to the industry

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Government figures show that more than 82,500 people are in prisons across the UK and those who are set for release face re-entering society, getting their life back on track and starting the long, difficult process of looking for a job as an […]

Why you shouldn’t overlook the North East

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Our region might have fewer big projects than those down South and we certainly get less attention than those big-money schemes but that’s not to say we should be overlooked. We might be small and have faced (and overcome) many obstacles, but we […]

A new procurement era ahead?

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Unless you’ve been holidaying in some far-flung place in the past few weeks, you’ll know that the vacancy for the North of Tyne Mayor has been filled and Jamie Driscoll is now in office.  A key part of the mayor’s manifesto is to […]

Why the next 10 years are important for climate change

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East We work in one of the biggest industries in the world, and because of what we do, we have the most potential to make a difference on protecting the environment. One of the biggest differences that can be made lies within our industry, […]

What do the under 30’s think of the industry?

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East This week, Building’s survey of the perceptions of young people found that those working and studying in the industry are optimistic about their careers and happy in their work. For so long we’ve been trying to change young people’s perception of the industry […]

Why we must take care of iconic buildings

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East The emotional response to the devastating fire at the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral shows that such iconic buildings really do mean a lot to us, not just to our industry but to the world. Whether conscious or otherwise, the built environment and infrastructure […]

Flexible working and working mums

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Construction doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to women. Last year the results of the gender pay gap report showed that construction has the biggest gender pay gap of any UK industry, at 25%. We have known of the under-representation of […]