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Studying for a degree in house building

The construction skills gap crisis took a bit of a U-turn last year with the introduction of the House Building Degree, which was set up by Redrow in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University and Coleg Cambria in Wrexham, to tackle the growing shortage of workers in construction. New home builds are a hot topic on the political register, and with this government pledging to build 300,000 new homes a year, Redrow sees their new degree course as an opportunity to help achieve these targets.

Women at the top – how we can inspire more women managers to join the construction industry

how we can inspire more women managers to join the construction industry

Construction has always had a reputation for being a male-dominated industry, and as we approach the end of 2018, according to statistics, it still is, with only 44,444 women working in the sector compared to 419,018 men. Although the industry is working hard to change its macho male dominated connotation, there is still more to be done to not only encourage women to join but to create an environment that sees companies retain, develop and enhance their female workforce.

1st and 3rd world problems – count yourself lucky!

I’ve just been very fortunate and had an 8-day trip to Tanzania. My wife and I had 5 days on safari, and then 3 in Zanzibar. Apart from the absolutely marvellous chance to see many beautiful wild animals close up, we also travelled around 1,500km through the country. We met many locals, either in the hotels and lodges, or just walking down the street. Everyone was friendly, in particular the little kids walking to school who were giggling whilst they said “Jambo” to us and wanted high fives.

Low skilled doesn’t mean low value - How low skilled workers can be a good thing for your business

Low skilled doesn't mean low value

The UK has one of the most skilled workforces in the world with 42% of workers qualified to degree level, but the highest number of jobs that need to be filled (54%) are found within the low skilled sector.

Take a look at your business. How many labourers, drivers, machine operators, young workers, etc. do you have versus skilled managers, planners, engineers, architects? The number of unskilled workers often outweigh those of a company’s skilled workforce and yet is their value deemed to be as important?

New building designs and the use of VR and BIM

New building designs and the use of VR and BIM

Technology has touched every part of industry as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and none more so than construction. Technological changes in how we design, engineer and build structures have brought something quite different to the world of construction projects especially in the form of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Virtual Reality (VR).


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