Construction Talent Retention Scheme is launched
The Construction Leadership
Council’s (CLC's) Talent Retention
Scheme is now live.
The online portal allows
skilled individuals to display
their experience and expertise,
and helps businesses across the
industry find the skills they need.
The CLC said there has been
strong interest in the scheme
since it was announced as part of
chancellor Rishi Sunak’s plan for
jobs earlier last month.
More than 400 employers
have signed up to use the scheme
since its launch on 24 July.
These companies range from
multinational engineering giants,
building product manufacturers
and merchants, through to small
and medium-sized builders.
Early adopters who have roles
listed include Balfour Beatty,
along with builders' merchants
Travis Perkins, Bradfords and MP
Moran & Sons.
Andy Mitchell, co-chairman
of the CLC, said: “The Talent
Retention Scheme is an important
element of the CLC’s recovery
plan for the construction sector,
as it oers an opportunity for the
industry to keep the vital skills it
needs to drive growth across
The free-to-use site allows
the redeployment of sta at
risk of redundancy and enables
temporary employee loans
between businesses. It also gives
displaced workers from other
sectors a route to find new
The platform allows
companies to easily search
candidates’ online profiles and
CVs on a local and national
basis. It also allows companies
to promote and directly manage
information about their business,
latest vacancies, news and events
to workers who are seeking
opportunities, and to contact
For more information, visit
A TRIO BOOST SALES TEAM
Onduline Building Products
has restructured its UK
sales team, as it targets
a growth in sales in
both the professional
Greg Hissey (pictured
above) has taken on the
new role of technical
sales manager for
the southern region,
covering London and the
south east, south Wales,
and the south west.
Greg has been joined
by newly appointed
(centre), as technical
sales manager for the
northern region, covering
the north of England, Scotland and Ireland,
and Bethany Hall (pictured above), as
technical sales manager for the central
region, covering the area from Anglesey,
the west and east Midlands to East Anglia.
ROBYN JOINS RUSSELL
Russell Roof Tiles has
appointed Robyn Lodge
as its new management
at its headquarters in
Robyn joins the
company after gaining experience at
international manufacturer, Doncasters
Group as group finance analyst.
Her main responsibility will be to
prepare the accounts for Russell Roof Tiles
and support the senior management team.
Speaking about Robyn’s appointment,
Andrew Hayward, managing director at
Russell Roof Tiles, said: “We are pleased to
welcome Robyn to Russell Roof Tiles, and
know that she will be a valuable asset to
ALLUN JOINS IBMG AS MD
Independent Builders Merchant Group
(IBMG), which includes Parkers Building
Supplies and Chandlers Building, Stamco
Timber and Fairalls, has appointed Allun
Pittingale to managing director of the
builders’ merchant’s division.
With a track record of working in the
merchant sector, Allun is renowned for
building tight teams and obsessing about
his customers and colleagues.
Selco is committed to opening new branches
Selco Builders Warehouse has announced that it will add to its
branch network before the end of 2020 – despite the ongoing
The builders’ merchant will open its 69th branch in Salford in
October, creating 50 jobs in the local area.
Howard Luft, chief executive of Selco Builders Warehouse, said:
“We are delighted to announce that the plans are still very much in
place for us to open our Salford branch later this year.
“The coronavirus crisis has been an extremely challenging period for the entire country, and it’s
been no dierent for us at Selco. However, opening up in Salford has been a long-term target, and we
are determined to achieve that over the coming months.”
Howard continued: “We are confident that the branch will be open in October, subject to ongoing
developments with coronavirus. Selco has undergone a major branch expansion over the last seven
years, and we are committed to continuing to support tradespeople across the UK.”
The opening will strengthen Selco’s position in the Manchester area where it already has three
branches in Ardwick, Ashton Moss and Baguley, as well as another in Warrington.
Government set to overhaul the UK planning system
The UK Housing Secretary Robert
Jenrick has revealed plans for a
radical shake-up of a "complex
and outdated planning system,"
in a bid to speed up the building
of new homes.
All land will be designated
as either ‘for growth’, ‘for
renewal’ or ‘for protection’. Land
classfiied as ‘for growth’ will have
automatic planning permission for
development, enabling builders to
get on with it, without having to
wait for council approval.
The Housing Secretary was
due to publish details of his
planning reforms as RCI was
going to print. However, he set
out some of the key measures
in an article in The Sunday
Telegraph on 2 August.
He said: “I am bringing forward
radical and necessary reforms to
our planning system to get Britain
building and drive our economic
recovery. We are introducing a
simpler, faster, people-focused
system to deliver the homes and
places we need.
“Under the new process,
through democratic local
agreement, land will be
designated in one of three
categories: for growth, for renewal
or for protection.
“Land designated for growth
will empower development –
new homes, hospitals, schools,
shops and oces will be allowed
“Renewal areas will enable
much quicker development with a
'permission in principle' approach
to balance speed, while ensuring
checks are carried out.
“And protected land will be
just that – our green belt, areas of
outstanding natural beauty and
rich heritage – will be protected as
the places, views and landscapes
we cherish most and passed on to
the next generation as set out in
“Our reforms seek a more
diverse and competitive housing
industry, in which smaller builders
can thrive alongside the big
players, and where planning
permissions are turned into homes
faster than they are today.”
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