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"The era of global boiling has arrived." If ever a phrase brought home the danger of not meeting net zero targets, then this recent quote, from UN secretary general, António Guterres, is it. The environment is a passion of mine on a professional and personal level as readers of my blogs will know. Climate change affects us all and its increasing impact is obvious. In this blog I will share recent facts on climate change. I will also outline how CITB is working with industry, Governments and training providers to serve the public on the most pressing issue of our time.
Is considering a career in the construction industry as an LGBTQ+ individual a daunting prospect? Worries about acceptance and inclusivity can be discouraging. However, times have changed, and it is important to talk about how the construction industry is constantly evolving and becoming more diverse.
“There are still many people who think that being open and transparent about your sexuality is too uncomfortable, that Pride and its celebrations are merely an extension of this, as well as being a waste of company funds and resources.”
Opportunity – for young people, employers and society – is central to the new Construction Leadership Council’s skills plan.
Sometimes work can offer hope when other parts of life are tough. Take Demolition Operative, Emmy Jones. Emmy has made great progress in her life since joining the Onsite Experience Hub in Leicester. The hub, run by the Council and co-funded by CITB, provides training and job opportunities for people seeking a career in construction.
I like to keep things simple which is why CITB’s new Business Plan has one overriding aim: to put employers in the driving seat on skills and training.
“Even at 58 years old I am learning new technologies.” Those are the words of CITB Instructor and former Groundworker Tim Heads. Bircham-based Tim, 58, became a Groundworker after leaving school. He is a good example of age, skills and job diversity in construction.
This St David’s Day, we are putting a spotlight on CITB’s commitment to supporting the Welsh language.
Ten years on from completing her plant operative apprenticeship at CITB's NCC, Amy Underwood is using her huge online presence to promote construction to the next generation.
I’m a big fan of apprenticeships. Earning while learning is a great way to start working life. I know because when I became an apprentice gas service engineer in the early 1980s it changed my life.