CFA and Flooring Industry News
CFA welcomes new member
We are pleased to welcome new contractor member Jaycee Contracts Ltd of Kings Langley, Hertfordshire.Friday 24th March 2017
CFA welcomes 3 new members
We are pleased to welcome 3 new members as follows:
ACL Finishing Ltd of Hainault - Associate contractor
Midland Carpet TIle Recycling/MCT of Birmingham - Member-other
Pantera Carpentry Ltd of Dartford - Associate contractorThursday 23rd February 2017
CFA welcomes new member in Great Yarmouth
CFA is pleased to welcome new Contractor member Breydon Flooring Ltd of Great Yarmouth.Sunday 19th February 2017
Updated CIP Construction H&S Manual
Build UK members can claim a 30% discount on the CIP H&S Manual, which contains the latest industry guidance, by using the code BUILDUK.Monday 13th February 2017
Are You Ready for the CRO Card Withdrawal?
CSCS will no longer issue Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards as of 31 March 2017 as the industry moves towards full qualification, a development which affects card requirements for site visitors who are not undertaking construction occupations.
For more information, visit Build UK Newsline.Monday 13th February 2017
CFA welcomes new member
We are pleased to welcome new Associate Contractor member Showpiece Flooring Ltd of Leeds, West Yorkshire.Tuesday 10th January 2017
Build UK Training Standard Updated
The latest version of the Build UK Training Standard, which outlines industry agreed requirements for all those working on construction sites, is available.
It now includes details of the five new CSCS partner schemes and a renewal period for health and safety training.Tuesday 10th January 2017
Ministerial Approval paves the way for New Floorlaying Apprenticeship
Alan Gayle of AG Flooring Ltd is delighted to inform CFA members that Ministerial Approval has been received to develop a new apprenticeship standard for the sector which will replace the existing floorcoverings apprenticeship.
The new apprenticeship is required after a Government review which recommended that new trailblazer apprenticeships should be developed by employers for every sector, to ensure that they meet the current and future needs of the industry.
Alan said “This really is fantastic news for companies who employ floorlayers or carpet fitters, also a great opportunity to be involved in reshaping our Industry for the future. As we can now commence the process of establishing our new employer group in order to agree the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for a Floorlaying Apprenticeship, along with the related training and assessment required to provide world class skills for the next generation of floorlayers”
The bid is supported by large and small companies who cover commercial and domestic activity and where appropriate, the employer group will have access to support from the CFA and CITB.
CFA CEO Richard Catt commented “This is an incredibly important piece of work for the industry and whilst it is employer led, I am clear that the support that the CFA are offering will prove vital in delivering a new standard that is fit for purpose. Ensuring that our sector has a quality apprenticeship, compliant with governments new guidelines, is not only important for the continued success of members’ businesses but indeed the future of our sector. It is also important that we help to secure qualifications for young people, potential future business leaders, who choose flooring as a trade”.Tuesday 3rd January 2017
If you would like to read the latest version of Guidance for Trailblazers it is available here or you can talk to Mick O’Flynn, CFA’s training manager about apprenticeships on 0115 941 1126.
CFA welcomes new member
CFA is pleased to welcome new associate contractor member Ashlays Contract Flooring Ltd of Llandrindod Wells, Powys.Tuesday 22nd November 2016
New members for CFA
The CFA is pleased to welcome two new members. Kent Flooring UK Ltd of Rochester, Kent have joined as Contractor members and O Scarfe Flooring Ltd of Redbridge, Essex have joined as Associate Contractor members.Friday 18th November 2016
Entries Now Open for Construction News Awards 2017
Entries are now open for the Construction News Awards 2017, offering companies across the industry a superb opportunity to showcase the very best of what they do.Wednesday 16th November 2016
The Construction News Awards has 18 categories available to enter including the brand new International Project of the Year award. These prestigious awards, which this year are focused around the ‘People, Pride and Passion’ that make the event possible, are an ideal platform to demonstrate your achievement whether it involves excellence in health and safety or training, a new innovation or a project that you are particularly proud of.
The judging process is one of the most rigorous in the industry and the panel of over 60 judges includes some of the UK’s top construction clients. All short-listed finalists will be invited to give a face-to-face presentation to demonstrate why their entry should win.
Entries are open until Friday 27 January 2017 and you can enter online via the Construction News Awards website.
CFA welcomes new member
CFA is pleased to welcome Kick-Start Publishing Ltd as a new member. Kick-Start (publishers of CFJ magazine) are based in Eridge, East Sussex have joined the CFA in the Member-Other category.Thursday 10th November 2016
Paul Morrell to advise major review of industrial training boards
Skills Minister Robert Halfon invites industry expert to advise major government review of the industrial training boards.Thursday 10th November 2016
Robert Halfon, the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, has today (26 October 2016) announced that Paul Morrell, the former government construction advisor, has agreed to use his expertise in helping determine the future shape of industrial training boards.
The announcement follows the publication of a report by Mark Farmer for the Construction Leadership Council (published 17 Oct 2016) ‘Modernise or Die’which posed a number of questions about the ability of the UK construction sector to maintain and expand capacity, and the effectiveness and future role for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Paul Morrell OBE is an English chartered quantity surveyor, former senior partner of Davis Langdon, and from November 2009 to November 2012 the UK government’s first Chief Construction Adviser. He led the UK Government, Innovation and Growth Team that produced ‘Low Carbon Construction’ (published in November 2010) and was also the instigator of the ‘Government Construction Strategy’ (published in May 2011) which championed collaboration and the use of information technology - notably building information modelling.
Robert Halfon, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills said:
I am delighted Paul has agreed to lend his experience and advice to this important review. Paul is a highly respected figure both in the industry and in government and is known as a strong force for change and modernisation.
The government’s ambitious infrastructure and housing plans require a step up in capability and capacity in the construction sector. Training boards can help deliver the skills we desperately need and I look forward to seeing some real recommendations from this review.
Notes for editors
The governments skills plan, launched this summer, announced major reforms to improve vocational education and establishing clear routes to skilled employment. The report also acknowledged that there were particular areas of priority within the economy that are reliant on certain key skills being available, and the government would take action to address those challenges.
The CITB, and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Boards (ECITB) are funded by the industries they serve, not government, by way of a statutory training levy. The levy proceeds are redistributed by the industrial training boards chiefly in the form of grants to subsidise training costs in the sector.
The introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017 will impact on larger companies currently in scope of the levies operated by the industrial training boards. A key question for the review, and any subsequent levy order will be whether market failures in construction still require a separate levy and grant system and if so, how this can operate alongside the apprenticeship levy.
CSCS Releases SmartCard Promotional Videos
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has launched a video campaign to promote the use of SmartCard technology across construction sites in the UK.Thursday 10th November 2016
The campaign consists of four short animated videos which focus on the benefits behind the technology and the future of CSCS SmartCards. The microchipped cards, which were originally created to certify that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out, have multiple functionalities which can contribute to ensuring high standards of on-site health and safety.
CSCS SmartCards have the potential to manage site inductions electronically, control construction site access, record individual training information and provide notifications when qualifications are due for renewal. The scope of the smart technology not only benefits the industry as a whole through its impact on achieving a fully-qualified workforce, but also has positive financial implications for individual contractors.
The promotional videos coincide with Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)’s CSCS SmartCard audit, which will take place across all Build UK and CECA member construction sites on 8 February 2017. The audit is designed to promote the value of SmartCard technology and drive increased industry uptake in line with the Construction 2025 target for the industry to adopt smart technology and solely recognise cards carrying the CSCS logo by 2020. It will also serve to highlight any expired and fraudulent cards that are in the system and allow contractors to take action where necessary.
If you have any questions on Build UK and CECA CSCS SmartCard audit, contact Build UK Health and Safety Manager Emma Bentley. For more information on CSCS SmartCards, view the Construction News website.
Government Publishes Further Details on Apprenticeship Levy
The Department for Education (DfE) has published further details of how the Apprenticeship Levy will operate and the associated system of apprenticeship funding for England.Thursday 10th November 2016
The announcement provides further clarity in addition to some welcome steps for employers, including:
• Apprenticeship levy payers will now have 24 months, rather than 18, to spend levy funds in their digital accounts before they expire
• A commitment to work with employer groups to design a system that enables firms to transfer funds from their digital accounts to their supply chains
• Additional funding to support the delivery of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds.
The Government has committed to the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017. Timescales remain tight and it is essential for the Government to work with business to achieve a suitable system and ensure a smooth transition. In particular:
• Concerns still remain over the proposed funding caps for construction apprenticeships, as in many cases the costs of delivery appear to have been underestimated
• Government must clearly communicate the new levy and funding arrangements in practical terms that allows employers to understand the end-to-end process for taking on and funding an apprentice
• While the Apprenticeship Levy covers the whole of the UK, the DfE proposals only cover apprenticeship funding in England. Employers need clarity on how the new funding arrangements will come together on a UK-wide basis.
Build UK will continue working with the DfE, CBI and other industry partners over the coming months to ensure an effective system.
Summary of Apprenticeship Levy and Funding System
All employers in the UK with a pay bill over £3 million will be liable to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. The levy rate will be 0.5% of the pay bill, with payments made monthly to HMRC through the PAYE system.
Example - Calculating your Apprenticeship Levy
An employer with an annual pay bill of £5,000,000 will need to spend £10,000 on the levy:
• levy sum: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000
• subtracting levy allowance: £25,000 - £15,000* = £10,000 annual levy payment
*All employers will have an allowance of £15,000 to deduct from their levy liability.
N.B: The Apprenticeship Levy is separate from the CITB Levy. All in-scope employers with a wage bill of over £80,000 will still pay CITB levy.
Apprenticeship Funding System – England Only
Start date: The funding system will take effect from 1 May 2017 for all apprenticeships that begin after that date. Any apprenticeship which started before 1 May 2017 will be funded through to completion under the current rules.
What funding covers: The system will support employers to pay providers for the training and assessment of apprentices.
Funding bands: All apprenticeships (frameworks and new trailblazer standards) will be allocated to one of 15 funding bands. The upper limit of these bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and represent the maximum the system will provide for each apprenticeship.
Paying for your apprenticeships:
• Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will receive funding to a digital account on a monthly basis depending on the amount of levy they pay. The money in their digital accounts will be used to pay their chosen providers.
E.g. if an apprenticeship has an upper funding limit of £5,000, the employer will be able to transfer up to £5,000 to a provider from their digital account for that apprenticeship.
• For employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy there will be a system of co-investment, with Government contributing 90% of the apprenticeship costs.
E.g. if an apprenticeship has an upper funding limit of £5,000, the Government will contribute £4,500.
Negotiating with providers: Employers will be responsible for negotiating a price with providers. Any employer that agrees a price which is above the funding limit for their chosen apprenticeship must bear all the additional costs.
E.g. if an apprenticeship has an upper funding limit of £5,000 and the employer agrees a price of £9,000, the employer must pay the additional £4,000 in full.
Additional funding for 16-18 year old apprentices:
The Government will make an additional payment to the provider equivalent to 20% of the maximum funding band for that framework. In addition, the Government will make a £1,000 payment to both the employer and provider when they train a 16-18 year old.
Payment Initiatives Make Progress
Central government is taking action to speed up payment throughout the supply chain on public sector contracts, while the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter continues to gather pace.Thursday 10th November 2016
Over 400 central government departments and agencies have a commitment to pay at least 80% of undisputed invoices within 5 days, with the remainder paid within 30 days. The majority of central government departments exceed this commitment, with performance against the target published every three months.
The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 extend this commitment to the supply chain, mandating that 30-day payment terms are implemented down the supply chain on public sector contracts.
It has long been recognised that construction has a payment problem and the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter sets the benchmark for best payment practice within the industry. Construction companies are increasingly signing up to demonstrate their commitment to prompt and fair payment and Build UK Member signatories, including Mace, Osborne and Skanska, can be found on the Build UK website.
The new Duty to Report legislation comes into effect from April 2017 with large companies required to publish their payment performance every six months. Confirmation of the exact requirements are anticipated next month, with full guidance expected in January. Build UK will be working with members to interpret the legislation for construction so that those members classified as ‘large’ report on the same terms.
The commitment shown in the public sector coupled with the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter and Duty to Report provides a powerful set of vehicles for tackling the industry’s payment challenges.
CFA welcomes two more new members
CFA is pleased to welcome new contractor member Morris and Spottiswood Ltd of Glasgow and new associate contractor member 360 Degree Flooring Ltd of Dumfries.Wednesday 26th October 2016
Tax Guidance for Build UK Members - October
Members of Build UK can access the Construction Industry Joint Taxation Committee’s (JTC) monthly tax guidance newsletter as a key benefit of Build UK membership.Wednesday 26th October 2016
Members often register the difficulties they face in complying with changes to taxation rules and regulations, and can now access the JTC newsletter which will be publicised monthly on Newsline and includes guidance on challenging issues and direct responses to taxation queries.
The October edition includes advice on:
• HMRC’s ‘Making Tax Digital’ proposals for digital reporting of accounts and tax returns
• Pay rolling employees’ taxable benefits
• New advisory fuel rates for company car drivers, which apply from 1 October 2016.
The full newsletter is available to view on the Build UK website.
National Infrastructure Commission – Call for Ideas
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, together with the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), has launched a call for ideas for the NIC’s future studies.Wednesday 26th October 2016
The NIC provides impartial advice to the Government on infrastructure and sets out the UK’s future major infrastructure requirements. This year the NIC has completed studies and provided Government with advice on High Speed North and energy and, to ensure that future studies are conducted in areas which represent the country’s most critical infrastructure challenges, a call for ideas has been launched.
The NIC’s objectives are to:
• foster long-term and sustainable economic growth across all regions of the UK
• improve the UK’s international competitiveness
• improve the quality of life for those living in the UK.
The NIC examines economic infrastructure, which concerns transport, energy, water, waste, digital and flood risk management. It does not include the built environment of houses, schools, hospitals or commercial property, which are out of scope, although it does consider the implications of its recommendations for these sectors.
The initiative is open to everyone and ideas that meet the following criteria would be particularly welcomed from infrastructure experts, operators, business representative groups and investors:
1. Does the suggestion deal with a nationally significant issue?
2. Does the suggestion need to be considered now?
3. Does the study deal with a challenging issue?
4. Would any potential recommendations be realistic in terms of cost?
5. Would the NIC add value by considering this issue?
The deadline for responses is Wednesday 2 November 2016. To submit an idea, please complete the Response Form and return it to email@example.com.
For more information on the NIC’s objectives and the call for ideas, visit the Government website.
Farmer Review Says Construction Industry Must ‘Modernise or Die’
The Government-commissioned Farmer Review into UK construction has concluded that fundamental change and modernisation is required in order to address long standing issues and ensure the future of the industry.Wednesday 26th October 2016
The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model, which was commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and led by Cast Chief Executive Mark Farmer, provides 10 recommendations to change the way in which the industry operates and address those problems that it feels threaten the future of construction.
The conclusions of the review, which references a lack of collaboration and dysfunctional training funding and delivery models as areas in need of improvement, echo Build UK’s assessment of the industry’s skills agenda, which has long been an area of key importance for the organisation and one that it has already taken steps to address.
Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE delivered the ‘Skills Hack’ at the 2016 Construction News Summit, which resulted in an industry commitment to reform the skills system. The workshop concluded that a joined up approach is essential to addressing construction’s skills challenges, with industry representatives agreeing that changing mind-sets towards the CITB levy, implementing an in industry-wide recruitment strategy and increasing the value of apprenticeships and vocational training should represent the three key priority areas for change. Based on these priority areas, Build UK committed to working with industry bodies and employers to draft the strategies necessary to deliver such outcomes.
On the Farmer Review, Suzannah Nichol MBE said:
“The drivers for the industry to change have never been stronger, with Mark’s review framed around low margins, pressures on skills and a traditional sector competing in a digital age for talent. However I do think that the clear path outlined offers the opportunity for the whole supply chain to come together and face the challenges head on. We all need to up our game if we are to deliver the infrastructure and built assets Britain needs and Build UK is prepared to play an active role in leading change across the industry.”
The full report is available to read on the Build UK website. To find out more about the outcomes of the Construction News Skills Hack, view Suzannah Nichol MBE’s expert opinion piece in today’s (17 Oct) Construction News.
Industry Agrees to Reform Skills System at Construction News Summit
Industry has committed to implement industry wide strategies on recruitment, apprenticeships and training to create a skills system fit for the future.Wednesday 26th October 2016
Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE delivered the results of the Construction News Summit Skills Hack, which brought together 40 industry representatives to agree solutions to tackling the industry’s skills challenges.
Construction firms were encouraged to alter their mind-sets with regard to the CITB levy, and accept that the levy should be strategically deployed to deliver training and skills for the whole industry.
The second outcome of the Skills Hack was agreement for Build UK to develop an industry-wide recruitment strategy which brings together current initiatives to inspire people to join the industry.
Increasing the value of apprenticeships and vocational training was also deemed a key area, which if addressed could help tackle construction’s skills challenges and contribute to filling the 46,000 jobs the industry is anticipated to create in the next five years.
Based on these priority areas, Build UK committed to working with industry bodies and employers to draft:
• an industry-wide training and qualifications plan to support the delivery of the skills that are required
• an industry recruitment and retention strategy to pull together best practice and enable employers to collaborate on initiatives
• an industry apprenticeship strategy to make people’s journeys through training and qualification easier.
Addressing the Summit, Suzannah Nichol MBE said:
“If we want to change the system, we ourselves have to change. If we are prepared to do that we will become an industry of first choice to work in, and together we can all win.”
To find out more about the Summit, which took place on 11-12 October 2016, view the Construction News website.
Build UK Launches Site Induction Guidance
Build UK continues its commitment to health and safety with the launch of new industry guidance on conducting construction site inductions.Wednesday 26th October 2016
The Site Specific Health and Safety Induction Guidance, which has been drafted in consultation with, and the full support of, Build UK members is designed to encourage best practice and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the on-site induction process.
Site inductions are delivered daily across the UK with the objective of briefing workforces on the health, safety and environmental aspects relating to the construction project they are about to work on, with Build UK’s guidance providing a breakdown of what an effective induction should include. By reinforcing the purpose of site inductions and the importance of ensuring that all operatives working on-site are aware of the project’s ongoing activities, specific site rules and hazards and risks, the guidance provides a consistent approach which is designed to improve health and safety standards across UK construction sites.
The new guidance, which comes at a time of great activity for Build UK following the Safety Helmet Colours Standard and the news that Highways England will adopt the initiative from 2017, further emphasises the positive impact Build UK continues to have on the industry’s health and safety agenda.
Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said:
“Site inductions play a vital role in the running of safe and healthy construction projects. By establishing a clear and consistent way of delivering essential information Build UK aims to improve on-site communication and ensure that every induction is both informative and worthwhile for everyone.”
Highways England Adopt Build UK Safety Helmet Colours Standard
Build UK continues to positively impact best practice in the industry with the announcement that Highways England will adopt its Safety Helmet Colours Standard from 2017.Friday 7th October 2016
Highways England’s construction and maintenance contractors will implement the colour-coded safety helmet system next year, a development which will help to ensure consistent health and safety standards across UK construction sites.
The Build UK Safety Helmet Colours Standard, which coincided with the release of its Training Standard, was drafted in consultation with, and the full support of, Build UK members to develop best practice and ensure the effective delivery of construction projects. Using simple colour coding to identify on-site personnel, the Standard provides a clear and consistent approach to improve communication and safety across UK construction projects.
Its launch highlighted Build UK’s commitment to improving on-site health and safety, while news that Highways England will adopt the Standard exhibits not only Build UK’s reach, but the willingness of the industry to present a joined up approach. The development of the Standard and its implementation by the wider industry represents a success for Build UK’s collective voice and highlights the positive results that can that can be achieved through a collaborative way of working.
Philip Farrar, Highways England Major Projects Delivery Hub Health and Safety Lead, said:
“Health, safety and wellbeing is a key imperative for Highways England and adopting the Build UK Safety Helmet Colours Standard supports the objectives of our 5-year health and safety plan. This is a great example of working collaboratively with our delivery partners and the wider construction industry to achieve consistent standards.”
Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said:
“We are delighted that our Safety Helmet Colours Standard, which aims to provide clear and practical help for everyone working on-site, is being taken on and implemented by the wider industry as best practice. Health and safety is a priority for Build UK and we will continue to bring the construction supply chain together to discuss the issues that matter to our industry and ensure that Build UK, as the voice of the industry, leads positive and meaningful change”.
For more information about Highways England adopting the Build UK Safety Helmet Colours Standard visit the Construction Enquirer website. The Highways England Safety Helmet Colours guidance document is available on the Government website.
New Free Childcare Entitlement
The Government’s free childcare initiative which entitles eligible working parents to up to 30 hours of free childcare will be available throughout England from September 2017.Friday 7th October 2016
The free childcare allocation will be offered in some local authority areas from September 2016 as part of a pilot programme before full rollout in 2017.
All children in England aged three or four are currently entitled to 15 hours free childcare, with some two-year-old children also entitled to the free 15 hour allocation.
An additional 15 hours of free childcare will be available for eligible working parents of three and four-year-olds. This will mean a total of 30 hours free childcare for eligible families. Eligibility will be based on parental income rather than the number of hours worked each week:
• The additional 15 hours of free childcare will be available to families where both parents are working, or the sole parent is working in a single parent family.
• Each parent must earn the equivalent of 16 hours a week at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW), and neither parent must earn more than £100k per year.
• In a household where at least one parent earns £100k per year or more, that family will not be eligible to take up the additional hours of free childcare.
In the majority of circumstances, families where one parent does not work, or neither parent works, will not be eligible for these additional hours. However, families where one parent is receiving benefits relating to caring responsibilities or a disability will be eligible.
Further information on the additional entitlement will be released in due course. For further information on free childcare availability in England, visit the Government website. Build UK members can call the Croner Employment Helpline for more information free on 0844 249 9873.
Holiday Dates 2017
The Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) has announced the 2017 programme of public and annual holidays for England, Wales and Scotland.
The programme details annual holiday entitlement under the CIJC Working Rule Agreement until New Year 2018, and features the following changes to the previous year:
• From January 2017 the annual industry holiday entitlement will increase to 22 days, plus eight days of bank holidays (30 days in total)
• The holiday year will now run from 1 January to 31 December
• Easter (spring) and summer holidays are no longer classed as separate categories, and are instead grouped under the category ‘Other Holidays’.
The holiday dates for 2017 in England, Wales and Scotland will be as follows:
- New Year’s Day - Monday 2 January
- Good Friday Friday - 14 April
- Easter Monday - Monday 17 April
- May Bank Holiday Monday - 1 May
- Spring Bank Holiday (England and Wales only) - Monday 29 May
- Friday Immediately preceding the Annual Local Trades Holiday (Scotland only) - As fixed by local authority
- Summer Bank Holiday (England and Wales only) - Monday 28 August
- Friday and Monday at the Autumn Holiday (Scotland only) - As fixed by the local authority
- Christmas Day - Monday 25 December
- Boxing Day - Tuesday 26 December
- New Year’s Day 2018 - Monday 1 January 2018
Friday 7th October 2016
For further information on annual holiday entitlement under the CIJC Working Rule Agreement, see Annual Holidays 2017.