Tuesday, 27 June 2017

CV Checklist

Here's a very simple CV checklist you can use to make sure , to make sure this doesn’t happen we’ve put together a quick CV checklist to help you to make sure you’ve not missed anything.

If you can tick off all of these points then you’re good to go!

Personal details
Have you included the right personal details? Check and double check your contact details are correct and leave out anything you’ve not comfortable disclosing, such as age or gender. However, if you are British, you may want to include this as it shows you’re able to legally work in the UK. The same is true if you’re not British but have all the appropriate paperwork to allow you to legally seek work.

Have you included soft and hard skills? As well as your experience with advanced computer software or additional qualifications you also want to highlight those all-important transferable skills.

It's not necessary to note the details of your referees on your CV, but you should state that details of references are available on request. It’s always best to show that you have (good) references ready should you get the job.

Ideally, a CV shouldn’t be longer than two sides, although if you’re more senior this can be increased to 3 pages as long as it’s all relevant. It should look clean and tidy with no frills or fancy attachments, and all of your information should be clearly laid out.

Spell check
We've said it before, we’ll say it again. Spell check your CV! And it’s not even enough to just spell check it with a computer programme – you need to ensure that the grammar is also correct. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself then get a friend to help you out.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Trailblazer Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships in England are changing. The Government has chosen to create an employer-led model for developing and funding apprenticeship standards. This will replace the current system and focus on employers driving the development and delivery of apprenticeships. The Government’s aim is to replace all current Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE apprenticeships) with new apprenticeships, known as Trailblazer Standards, by the end of 2020.

The emerging Trailblazer Apprenticeships have different delivery and assessment arrangements and some do not include the use of N/SVQs as is the case with the current SASE Apprenticeships.

Government will only allow the Inclusion of mandatory qualifications in Trailblazer Apprenticeships under certain circumstances and each individual Trailblazer Employer Group will have to determine with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) whether its proposal will meet their criteria if they decide to include a N/SVQ as a compulsory part of the Apprenticeship.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

UK Construction Market Update - April

The ONS have released their Construction Output in Great Britain: March 2017 and January to March 2017 figures, showing that construction grew for the 5th consecutive period on a 3 month on 3 month basis, rising by 0.2% for Q1 2017. Supporting this positive view the Glenigan Index April 2017 shows the value of work starting on site in the 3 months to April was 6% higher than during the same period a year ago, offsetting earlier weakness at the end of 2016.

Friday, 21 April 2017

UK Construction Market Update - March

The ONS have released their Construction Output in Great Britain: February 2017 figures, showing that construction output fell by 1.7% compared to January 2017; however output grew by 1.5% on a quarter on quarter basis, making this the 4th consecutive period of growth. Substantiating this positive view the Glenigan Index March 2017 shows value of work starting on site in the 3 months to March was 2% higher than during the same period a year ago, and 2% higher than the final 3 months of 2016.

Friday, 17 March 2017

UK Construction Market Update - February

The ONS have released their Construction Output in Great Britain: January 2017 and new orders October to December 2016. Figures show that construction output fell by 0.4% in January 2017 compared to December 2016, however output grew by 1.8% on a 3 month on 3 month basis. New orders fell by 2.8% in Q4 2016, driven mainly by falls in private industrial and private commercial work. Yet despite new orders falling in Quarter 4 of 2016, the annual volume of new orders is now at its highest level since 2008.

Friday, 17 February 2017

UK Construction Market Update - January

The Construction Products Association has released their latest construction forecasts, showing that construction output is expected to grow by 0.8% in 2017, 0.7% in 2018 and 2.2% in 2019. Whilst showing that construction will maintain its post-Referendum momentum, these forecasts are also masking considerable variation in fortunes across key construction sectors.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

CSCS Construction Related Occupation (CRO) Card Withdrawal

CSCS will stop issuing Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards from 31st March 2017 and all CRO cards issued since October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017. CRO cards issued before October 2015 will remain valid until their expiry date.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

National CSCS Card Audit - February 8th

CSCS are encouraging cardholders to bring their cards to work on the 8th February for an industry-wide CSCS card audit.

Monday, 23 January 2017

UK Construction Market Update - December

The Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI December report shows a positive end to 2016, which is led by the fastest rise in new order volumes since January 2016. The Index registered 54.2 in December 2016 an increase from 52.8 in October 2016, signalling a robust and accelerated expansion of overall construction output. Complementing this, the Construction Products Association’s latest State of Trade Survey shows that sales by the UK construction products manufacturing sector climbed for the 15th consecutive quarter in Q4 2016, achieving continuing growth going into 2017.

Friday, 20 January 2017

CSCS Highlights of 2016

In 2016 CSCS announced further changes to the scheme in line with the aim of ensuring a fully qualified workforce.

Profiled Route 
Profiled Route was used by construction site managers and supervisors who had onsite experience but did not hold nationally recognised, construction related supervisory or management qualifications. On this basis, Profiled Route did not support industry’s desire to qualify the workforce and CSCS stopped accepting Profiled Route applications from 1st April 2016. With the closure of Profiled Route all new applications for CSCS Black and Gold cards now require the applicant to complete an NVQ/SVQ levels 4, 5, 6 or 7.