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RCI July 2017

Zink INDUSTRY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Research from the National House Building Council (NHBC) Foundation shows that house builders need to do more to attract women and young people if the industry is to avoid a workforce crisis. NHBC Foundation report ‘The gender and age profile of the housebuilding sector’ warns of a significant shortfall in workers caused by overreliance on an ageing, maledominated workforce and potential restrictions to migrant labour following Brexit. With estimates showing that the sector needs to recruit 700,000 more people to replace those retiring or moving on, plus an extra 120,000 if the Government’s aim to build one million new homes by 2020 is to be achieved, the NHBC Foundation report calls on Government and house-builders to recognise the seriousness of the problem and to act now to address the shortfall. Just 12% of the UK’s house-building workforce is female – the majority working in secretarial or administration jobs and less than 4% having a skilled trade role. The report also finds that young people, especially girls, are put off working in the industry because of the negative, stereotypical image of a maledominated One of the main findings of the report is that women are still seriously under-represented in skilled, technical and managerial roles in house-building. It identifies a number of challenges that need to be tackled by the sector, and the views of the broader construction industry that are deep-rooted and endemic, such as 008 JULY 2017 RCIMAG.COM Copper Stainless The key players from the mastic asphalt industry gathered at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London, on Friday 9th June, for the annual AGM and MAC Awards to recognise and celebrate the year’s top projects, contractors and achievements. One of the waterproofing industry’s most prestigious events, the Mastic Asphalt Council (MAC) Awards house-building industry. provides the ideal platform for members to honour its top professionals and projects. The attributes of mastic asphalt have contributed to a number of successful projects throughout a continuously positive 2016. In a field of what were described as outstanding entries, Infallible Systems was awarded the coveted Contractor of the Year Award for its exceptional work on Tower Bridge, while Knight Asphalt picked up the Challenge Trophy for its work on the Road Safety Experience in Rochester. Ellie Coulter was the winner of the John Blowers Award for Lifetime Achievement for her work with Sussex Asphalte, a successful business which was started by her father in 1948 and has been continuously trading for nearly 70 years. The company continues to flourish today, while maintaining the traditions of the asphalt trade. Following the awards presentation, guest speaker, Matt Le Tissier, entertained the guests. A one-club player with more than 500 appearances for Southampton and scorer of 200 goals, the former footballer and current Sky pundit was able to reflect on his career as one of the most naturally gifted footballers of his generation. Every year the AGM is organised and held by the Mastic Asphalt Council, a non-profit making independent body that represents more than 90 companies including the UK’s leading mastic asphalt contractors and manufacturers. The Mastic Asphalt Council AGM is always a celebration of the past year’s successes and its awards has grown in terms of both attendees and projects to celebrate. Industry’s finest gather for MAC Awards (L-R) Matt Le Tissier and John Chapman, Infallible Systems (contractor of the year award) (L-R) Matt Le Tissier, Ellie Coulter (winner of John Blowers award), Paul Haymes Sussex Asphalte (L-R) Ken Knight, Matt Le Tissier and David Knight, Knight Asphalte (challenge trophy) A programme to install green roofs in the City of London has won at the UK and Ireland’s Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. The City of London Corporation’s green roof initiative, which has seen over 60 installed, won in the Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment category at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. The Awards for Planning Excellence are considered to be established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Over 60 green roofs have been created in the Square Mile, including the ones at the Barbican, the Museum of London and the grade I listed Guildhall, as part of a City of London programme to help address flood risk, mitigate climate change, improve biodiversity and provide new green spaces for people to enjoy. Nick Raynsford, former planning and housing minister and chair of the judging panel, said: “Planners were front and centre on this project, ensuring strong sustainability outcomes. Despite the small residential population in the City of London, the planners worked hard to ensure strong community involvement. It shows an excellent example of how taking a long-term view of a project can allow you to overcome resistance and achieve results.” Running for over 40 years, the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society. This year saw a nearly 40% increase in entrants and the judges shortlisted 90 finalists across 13 categories. Andrew Jones, practice leader design, planning and economics at AECOM said: “Those recognised tonight illustrate the best of the planning profession and demonstrate the impact we have on quality and delivery in every area of the built environment. On behalf of AECOM I would like to extend our congratulations to all of the commendations and winners.” Green roof initiative wins planning award ongoing stereotyping and antiquated recruitment practices. Commenting on the report, NHBC head of research and innovation, Neil Smith, said: “Young people and young women in particular need to be made aware of the wide range of roles in the house-building industry. From design to engineering and site management, many careers in housebuilding are rewarding and well paid, offering work in a variety of roles and environments.” Commenting on her experiences as a woman working in the housebuilding industry, Redrow Homes’ site manager, Zara Fairman, said: “It’s a real privilege to be able to show that it’s not just a man’s world and that women can do well in the house-building industry. It’s also important to know that you don’t necessarily have to be from a trade, or engineering background – there are lots of transferable skills needed for this job.” The report says that the Government must recognise the issue and continue to invest in the talent pool even during economic downturns and also to invest in careers education in schools to inspire the younger generation. It advises companies and HR teams that they must work together and collaborate, learn lessons from industries that have successfully begun to tackle diversity issues (e.g the British military), increasing investment in apprenticeships to increase their reach, more effective use of social media, promotion of women and mentoring young people already within the sector and to invest in the existing talent pool to capitalise on loyalty and up-skilling the existing workforce. The industry must do more to attract the next generation


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