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Construction Market Update: February 2022

Construction, FIR

Published 28th Jan 22 - by sophiecoyle

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SMEs struggling to keep sustainability top of the agenda, survey finds

A survey of hundreds of UK-based SMEs has revealed a drop in the proportion positioning environmental sustainability and a priority issue in the short-term, with Covid-19 and the energy price crisis taking precedence.

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BAM commences work on £10m low carbon primary school in Bristol

BAM has been appointed to deliver a £10m low carbon primary school under the Southern Construction Framework (SCF). It has been designed to achieve low carbon Passivhaus standards, featuring triple glazing, solar panels, highly insulated thermal fabric and heat recovery units.


Prisoners to get construction training for rehabilitation

Prisoners will be trained in construction skills to help with their rehabilitation on release, as part of a new government initiative.

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JUST LAUNCHED! Sustainability for Groundworks Learning Pathway

The transition to net zero, delivering biodiversity net gain, working towards a more circular economy, delivering social value and combatting modern slavery are just some of the challenges faced by our industry, and groundworkers have a pivotal role to play.

In collaboration with the School’s Construction Leadership Group, we’ve developed a new beginner level learning pathway, which is designed to help groundworks companies address those high priority issues.



February’s featured topic: Fairness, Inclusion and Respect

The Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) programme is an industry-wide initiative that aims to make workplaces better for everyone.

As a sector, we need to embrace FIR in order to attract, recruit, train and retain the skills to address the industry-wide skills shortage. Construction clients and large contractors are increasingly expecting their supply chain partners to work with them to achieve this. Take a look at some of the key resources available to support you on this:

Equality, Diversity And Inclusion Policy Template

Simple document for small businesses to use to get started writing their EDI policy.

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CIPD Good Work Index

The CIPD Good Work Index provides an annual snapshot of job quality in the UK, giving insight to drive improvement to working lives. Measures of GDP and employment rates are important, but we also need to understand whether the jobs we have are good or poor and how they can be improved.

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Developing A Diversity Communication Strategy

Communication is absolutely vital. It’s not about communicating in singular ways or even one-way communication. It is about ensuring that it is inclusive, it’s diverse, that you’re thinking about people.

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