Industry News

CITB research: Construction growth will create 232,000 jobs over next five years

According to the latest research from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the UK construction sector will experience a dramatic growth over the next five years.

The annual average growth is expected to reach 2.5% in the period 2016-2020, mostly driven by infrastructure and private housing. That could lead to the creation of around 232,000 jobs.

The commercial construction sector will see a 3.4% increase per annum - CITB reports - while private housebuilding will also experience sustained growth across the forecast period, reaching £26bn output by 2020.

Wales will be the first in line with an annual growth rate of 7.1%, followed by the South West (4.4%), London (3.5%), and the North West (2.6%).

Steve Radley, Policy Director at the CITB commented: “All types of training, and especially apprenticeships, will be vital to delivering this pipeline of work. This positive forecast should inspire more people to start apprenticeships, and more firms to take them on.”

2017 BMF All Industry Conference to be sponsored again by FAKRO

For the third year in a row, FAKRO has confirmed its headline sponsorship of the BMF (Builders Merchants Federation) All Industry Conference in 2017.

FAKRO  is one of the fastest growing manufacturers of roof windows in the world.  In the UK, distribution is via major builders merchants nationwide.  With a service and support offer geared to the merchant market, the company’s long-standing relationship with the BMF is a natural extension.

BMF MD, John Newcomb commented: “We are delighted that FAKRO is to sponsor the BMF All Industry Conference for a third time. The last two have both been hugely successful, with delegate numbers increasing each year. We have already started planning for 2017 and it promises to be the best event yet, so watch out for details of dates and venue later in the year.”