CTI News & Events

CTI extends sponsorship with Structural Timber Awards 2016

The Confederation of Timber Industries has confirmed its sponsorship of the Product Innovation Category at the Structural Timber Awards 2016.

The event, designed to celebrate the best in timber construction world, will take place on 19 October 2016 at NEC, Birmingham.

The Product Innovation Award intends to showcase both new innovative products and existent items on the market used in a fresh and inventive way. The winner must demonstrate that the product or emerging technology meets the appropriate UK building regulations and health and safety standards.

Shortlisted projects will include physical products designed specifically for timber usage or a general building products revealing a new dimension when used in conjunction with timber technology. 

Submissions are open until 31 May 2016.


[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-extends-sponsorship-structural-timber-awards-2016]

CTI and Proskills launch survey on skill shortages within Timber Industry

The Confederation of Timber Industry (CTI) and Proskills have launched the largest employer skill survey ever undertaken in the UK's Timber Industry Supply Chain.

The research aims to identify the current level of skills shortages and gaps in education provision within the whole Timber Industry Supply Chain, from forestry to builders’ merchants and manufacturers. It will be distributed to businesses and other interested parties through trade associations, research institutes and training providers operating in the UK.

Through the survey, CTI and Proskills will map current education providers delivering to the sector, highlighting gaps between supply and demand. Similarly, the research will identify areas of strength and excellence offering a catalyst for the engagement of the industry in improving skills, recruitment and training.

The collected data will be summarised in a report, indicating priorities and needed actions, to be published in the spring of 2016. The CTI will present the findings to Government, stakeholders and key opinion makers in order to shape the political agenda on education and skills (view CTI 3-year strategic plan).

Succession planning for an ageing workforce and gaps in provision are issues which need to be addressed. Few young people decide to choose timber as a career option, as repeatedly outlined by trade organisations, training providers and companies. This issue is exacerbated by the limited offer of further Education courses, apprenticeships and craft qualifications that affects the growth of the whole sector. It is time to turn the page addressing the problem with focused measures.

 “This survey represents a great opportunity for the timber industries to express their views about skills needs”, said Dirk Vennix, CTI Chief Executive. “Improving Skills and Education is a key target of CTI 3-year strategic plan and, along with our members, we intend to encourage young people to go for a career in the timber sector. Depending on the outcomes of the survey this could include supporting the launch of new timber related courses as well as helping increase the number of apprenticeships and developing an ambassadorial schools network across the supply chain.”

 “In a changing and demanding world, this is a great time for employers to really get involved with skills and careers development for the future”, said Jonathan Ledger, CEO Proskills UK. “Working in partnership with CTI, Proskills is able to use its extensive skills and research experience to inform the emerging strategy that will support sustainability and future growth individuals and businesses within the timber industry and its supply chain”.

The survey is accessible online here or through a printable version, downloadable here.

The deadline for submissions is 5 February 2016.

Download this press release here.


[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-and-proskills-launch-survey-skill-shortages-within-timber-industry]

CTI Newsletter for Autumn 2015

The CTI Autumn 2015 Newsletter is out.

In this issue: 

- Internal organisation and CTI network's enlargement;

- First CTI supporters' network meeting;

- Key-strategic themes;

- Promoting the excellence in the Timber Supply Chain.

To read the publication online click here.

To download the Newsletter as a pdf file click here.

View all CTI press releases and newsletters here.


[News URL: http://www.cti-timber.org/content/cti-newsletter-autumn-2015-0]

Alex Goodfellow appointed as CTI Director

Alex Goodfellow, Group Managing Director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems, has been appointed as Director of the Confederation of Timber Industries [CTI].

The CTI was launched in June 2015 and has, for the first time, brought together all aspects of the Timber industry’s supply chain, from sawmilling and timber distribution, through to paper and furniture manufacturing and timber construction. This pan-industry approach will enable the supply chain to have one voice when it comes to tackling common issues that will have an impact on the future of this important business sector.

Alex Goodfellow was appointed Group Managing Director - Stewart Milne Timber Systems in 2011 and has more than 30 years of experience in the new homes and construction sectors. He has played important strategic roles in the growth of the Group’s homes and timber systems divisions, having held senior positions in both areas of the business. Alex is also a leading figure within the national timber frame industry and is currently the Commercial Committee Chair of the Structural Timber Association.

His key role on the CTI Board will be to represent the structural timber industry as the CTI develops its strategy for engaging with the wider construction industry to improve overall economic growth, provide robust options to combat the skills shortage and maximise the use of sustainable timber through education, awareness of the benefits and support.

Alex Goodfellow said: “I am delighted to join the Board and support the CTI in maximising the value of timber in the market.  I believe my expertise in the housing and construction sectors, gained over the last 30 years will add to the Boards overall expertise and support the CTI’s strategic goals. I am looking forward to contributing to the CTI’s vital work in expanding the use of timber in UK construction, especially in the housing market where there are so many valuable benefits.”

Andrew Carpenter, Structural Timber Association (STA) CEO said: “We are very pleased to help the CTI drive the supply chain agenda on economic growth and happy to support our Commercial Committee Chair in his new role. Our vision is to see the UK construction industry increase the use of structural timber, thereby bringing further success to all stakeholders across the entire timber supply chain. We believe Alex will help to not only promote structural timber but also to raise the bar in sustainability, quality, innovation and skills and training within the sector.”

CTI Chairman Peter Hindle MBE added: “I am very grateful to Alex for accepting my offer to take up the new position on our Board. Alex will add significant expertise to the CTI Board through his sector leading roles within Stewart Milne and the STA. He will also provide unique insights into one of the fastest growing markets in the timber supply chain and we are looking forward to a very constructive relationship.”

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CTI Chief Executive joins Trade Association Forum Board

The Trade Association Forum (TAF) has announced that Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive of the Confederation of Timber Industries, joins the Board with immediate effect as non-executive director. Dirk Vennix will represent the 1-10 staff band of membership subsequent to a formal election process amongst TAF membership to fill the vacancy after the previous incumbent stood down.

Since its formation in 1997, the Trade Association Forum has been encouraging the development and sharing of best practice among UK trade associations and promoting the role of effective trade associations to government, industry and the wider public. TAF represents more than 300 trade associations and membership organisations.

Linda Cavender, General Manager of Trade Association Forum, said: “I am delighted Dirk has been appointed to serve on the TAF Board – I am certain that he will bring a great deal of experience to the table and complement the rest of the TAF Board to great effect.  I very much look forward to working with him.”

Dirk Vennix said: “I have always been a strong supporter and user of TAF services over the years and I know from personal experience that the forum provides invaluable advice and resources for many trade bodies. This is an exciting period for the Trade Association Forum with the upcoming review of the Forum’s vision and strategy which will determine its future direction. I am looking forward to helping TAF grow in terms of membership and revenue streams as well as providing members in the 1-10 staff band with any support they need on strategy, communications campaigns, stakeholder engagement and issues management.”

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