National Construction Academy Visit Jewson Live

On Thursday 15th December, Jewson Builders Merchants held their annual Jewson Live Trade Show and National Construction Academy attended with a group of trainees and apprentices. The event held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham had over 180 exhibitors from across the construction sector.

Attending as part of the Jewson Foundation+ account for Apprentice and Trainee Tradespeople, National Construction Academy Trainees visited the event to broaden their knowledge of tools and equipment relevant to their trade and to increase their understanding of how to best utilise the modern builders merchant in their own careers. Trainees visited a range of stands at the event and attended a presentation from Jewson regarding their Jewson Foundation+ account that was officially launched at the event.

The event featured a range of activities on the many exhibits including several competitions and activities such as 3 driving simulators, demonstrations and a live show featuring former Premier League football player, Dion Dublin and former Rugby England international, Neil Back.

Thomas Marples, Head of National Construction Academy said ‘The Jewson Live event is a fantastic opportunity for our trainees and apprentices to build their knowledge and experience in the construction industry. It is really valuable for them to have an opportunity to build their understanding and have a chance to experience such an exciting event. Jewson have put on a really great event and are doing a fantastic job in supporting young people into the industry.’

 

New Era for CITP as Chief Executive Resigns

The Construction Industry Training Board – CITB Chief Executive, Adrian Belton has resigned from his role and will leave at the end of 2016. The decision comes at a rapidly changing time in the Construction Industry where many believe it is a critical time for the training board to develop the offering for the UK after Brexit, the launch of Trailblazer Apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Levy.

In a statement released by CITB from their Chairman, James Wates announced ‘CITB is now moving onto the next phase of its reform, which is engaging with industry on how it will support, delivering the required change and consulting on a new Levy Order.  This includes reforming the Grants Scheme to ensure that Levy funds are invested in the skills most needed by our industry.’

The change offers the CITB to appoint a successor to deliver on plans delivered to the CITB regarding their future offering to the construction industry.

At the National Construction Academy we support young people to become valuable members of the construction industry overseen by CITB, it is important for the industry to have a quality pipeline of new talent to grow, develop and meet the needs of the UK employers.

If you are an employer looking to understand how an Apprentice could be beneficial to your business, email: employ@ncaapp.co.uk. If you are a young person looking for a career in Bricklaying, email: apply@ncaapp.co.uk or DM us on Twitter.

NCA – UK Construction Boosted by 8 Month High & Positive Autumn Statement

In November, UK construction business activity and new orders grew at its fastest pace in 8 months since March earlier this year. In an optimistic month which also included very positive announcements in the Chancellor Phillip Hammonds First Autumn statement the construction industry appears to be growing in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum.

Announced on 23rd November the statement including a £23 billion investment fund which crucially for the construction industry included a £2.3 billion housing infrastructure fund for the access roads and water connections to support the construction of new homes. On top of this fund an additional £1.4 billion has been allocated to build 40,000 new affordable homes and another £1.7 billion to accelerate construction of new homes on public sector land.

British Property Federation chief executive Melanie Leech described the spending on infrastructure to help bring forward housing sites as both “a hidden gem” and “a silver bullet”. She added: “The £1.7bn for accelerated construction on public land will also help upscale the modular construction sector, meaning a more efficient industry and the faster delivery of homes,”

In the Markits’ private sector survey the boost was noted to have been caused by a ‘resumption of projects delayed after the Brexit vote’ this boost in activity also drove an increase in employment in the industry.

Paul Burrows Recruitment Executive at NCA added ‘As a training provider in the construction sector it is always exciting to see the industry growing and developing. As an industry growth creates opportunities for employment particularly for apprentices who are key to filling the skills gap’. The National Construction Academy was launched earlier this year by its president, Nick Knowles. Our aim is to provide the link for young people looking to get into construction and for employers who have skills gaps that young people could become future experts in.

If you are an employer looking to understand how an Apprentice could be beneficial to your business, email: employ@ncaapp.co.uk. If you are a young person looking for a career in Bricklaying, email: apply@ncaapp.co.uk or DM us on Twitter.

Construction Skills Shortage – New Generation of Workers Needed!

The UK construction industry is facing a major labour and skills crisis. Therefore, it is vital that more and more young people are encouraged to choose jobs within the sector.

The construction industry generates almost £90 billion annually and is a major sector of the UK economy, employing over 2.9 million people. This represents  around 10% of UK jobs. But this is not enough. There are now not enough skilled workers to help keep the country on track with its housebuilding targets. Therefore, the industry needs to fulfil around 182,000 jobs by 2018.

The shortage has particularly become an issue in recent months. Nearly two-thirds of companies are reporting that they are struggling to hire bricklayers. According to the Federation of Master Builders within the SME construction sector, 55% are also finding it hard to source joiners and carpenters.

Not only this, but the current construction workforce are also ageing. There is a significant number of workers retiring, or due to retire, within the next ten years. A focus needs to be placed upon encouraging younger individuals to join the sector.

For young people, the construction industry isn’t seen as a glamorous sector to work in. It also tends to lose out to other industries that are better paid and more stable. Most individuals though merely don’t know about the type of jobs and the opportunities on offer in the sector. There is instead a preconception that the jobs are predominantly manual. This is not the case, though. There are many other career types available that could suit just about anyone, regardless of their skills.

Therefore, it has been recommended that action needs to be taken in changing these perceptions. There instead, needs to be better communication about the positives of working within the industry. The government has already invested over £1 billion in training and apprenticeship schemes. However, the industry itself now needs to play its part in attracting new workers and incentivising young people.

The National Construction Academy see this as an opportunity to provide the country with the next generation of construction workers, who will be highly trained to be an asset on site.

Thomas Marples, Head of the National Construction Academy commented: “The National Construction Academy offer a solution to the skills shortage in the bricklaying industry by providing young people with an opportunity to bridge the gap between their current abilities and what the construction industry requires of them. It is a fantastic chance to learn the trade while demonstrating to their employer just how valuable and influential a permanent employee they could be. We have already found our training has been highly successful for our pilot employers and Apprentices.

The National Construction Academy was launched earlier this year by its president, Nick Knowles. Our aim is to provide the link for young people looking to get into construction and for employers who have skills gaps that young people could become future experts in.

If you are an employer looking to understand how an Apprentice could be beneficial to your business, email: employ@ncaapp.co.uk.

If you are a young person looking for a career in Bricklaying, email: apply@ncaapp.co.uk or DM us on Twitter.

Construction Trailblazers Coming Soon!

The Department of Education has approved a plan by Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to support the development of the Construction Industry’s Apprenticeship Standards to ensure that all Apprenticeships are in line with the industry’s skills needs.

Apprenticeship Standards, launched as part of Apprenticeship reforms, offer employers and candidates a new approach to Apprenticeship delivery that is designed to be more specialised to job roles. The training programmes are intended to meet the industry requirements much closer and to ensure that Apprentices are further prepared and equipped with the relevant skills in their chosen career path.

The announcement incorporates CITB into the development of Standards for the construction industry and utilises its members in the development of Standards towards their particular trade.

The National Construction Academy support the development of the new Standards to further ensure the offering that providers give to their Apprentices and Employers is optimised fully to the job roles required by the Employers we work with and the career goals of our Apprentices.

Thomas Marples, Head of National Construction Academy said, ‘We are excited to see the development of Apprenticeship Standards in construction and look forward to being able to release our first Construction Trailblazer Apprenticeship. We are continuously working towards providing the employers we work with Apprentices that will help structure their future and provide young people with the opportunity to build their dream career ’

The National Construction Academy was launched earlier this year by its president, Nick Knowles. Our aim is to provide the link for young people looking to get into construction and for employers who have skills gaps that young people could become future experts in.

If you are an employer looking to understand how an Apprentice could be beneficial to your business, email: employ@ncaapp.co.uk.

If you are a young person looking for a career in Bricklaying, email: apply@ncaapp.co.uk or DM us on Twitter.

First Lessons Begin for NCA Apprentices

The first cohort of NCA Apprentices was welcomed this week into the National Construction Academy in Derby to their first lesson as part of their Level 2 Apprenticeship Programme in Trowel Trades, all of whom are employed by employers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. During the lesson, the Apprentices were able to develop their skills in Bricklaying, working towards their first synoptic assessment as part of their qualification. They are all aged 16 to 20 and are building the foundations for their lifelong careers in the construction industry.

All NCA Apprentices will complete their programmes over 12 months, in which time they will then have the opportunity to study towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship qualification to further develop their career. Many of the candidates had successfully completed the NCA Traineeship, which is the starting point of the candidate’s trowel trade career, giving them their CSCS card and have now been offered an Apprenticeship role with the Employer they trained with.

The Trowel-Trade Apprenticeship will allow the Apprentices to hone their skills as Bricklayers and, by the end of the programme, they will be able to complete a wide range of bricklaying activities including brickwork using a variety of bonds and materials and blockwork. A key fundamental of the programme is also to operate safely on a construction site.

Thomas Marples, Head of NCA said, ‘We are delighted for our Apprentices to come into the Academy and study towards their Apprenticeship. The team here at the National Construction Academy believe that the programme will give them an excellent opportunity to excel in bricklaying and it will be a great opportunity to forge exciting careers in the construction sector.’

The National Construction Academy (NCA) was launched earlier this year by its president, Nick Knowles. Our aim is to provide the link for young people looking to get into construction and for employers who have skills gaps that young people could become future experts in.

If you are an employer looking to understand how an Apprentice could be beneficial to your business, email: employ@ncaapp.co.uk.

If you are a young person looking for a career in Bricklaying, email: apply@ncaapp.co.uk or DM us on Twitter.

NCA Launch

On Friday 14th of October the National Construction Academy, was formally launched by TV Celebrity Nick Knowles. Nick is the President of the NCA which has been created to meet the challenge of training more young people for the construction sector.

Amanda Solloway, the local MP, Ian Hodgkinson, of Hodgkinson Builders, both spoke about the need to give more young people their first opportunity in the construction sector. The Event was attended by many businesses and local organisations supporting young people.

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TV Personality Nick Knowles to Open the National Construction Academy in Derby

TV Personality Nick Knowles to Open the National Construction Academy in Derby

The National Construction Academy (NCA) is set to be officially opened by Nick Knowles on the 14th October 2016. The opening ceremony will feature a schedule of events culminating with Nick Knowles demolishing a wall to officially declare the academy on 20 Downing Road in Derby City Centre open.

The academy has been set up to address the skills shortage in the construction industry by injecting fresh new talent into the industry through the delivery of high quality, industry focused apprenticeship programmes.

Nick Knowles is a strong supporter of the academy having recently taken up the role of President of NCA.  Nick has used his experience of the industry to influence the development of the programmes. As part of the event Nick Knowles will welcome everyone to the event including the academies’ employers, guests and apprentices attending the celebration.

In a recent interview, Ian Hodgkinson Co-Founder of NCA commented “It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the progress made so far. We welcome all employers and young people to attend to give them the opportunity to see the fantastic opportunities available within the building trade for apprentices and employers who embrace apprenticeships to grow their business.”

The academy currently offers a traineeship and apprenticeship in bricklaying to ‘Fast Track’ candidates into the construction trade by combining high-quality training and effective mentoring and support for young people.  This will develop them into well-rounded valuable employees in construction. The NCA traineeship offers candidates extensive support and training to achieve their CSCS card and to understand the practical skills and knowledge required to be a valuable and safe member of a worksite.

NCA is part of Aspire Achieve Advance (3AAA) an Ofsted Grade 1 training provider operating on a national basis.  3aaa has its headquarters in Derby and works with young people and employers in the Midlands.

If you would like to attend the event then please register your interest by contacting the NCA team on: events@ncaapp.co.uk or 0330 1242 069.

Please RSVP by Friday, 30th September.

If you are an Employer looking to transform your business, e-mail employ@ncaapp.co.uk or a young person looking to take your first steps into a career in construction, e-mail apply@ncaapp.co.uk.

To find out more about NCA, please visit www.ncaapp.co.uk or call 0330 124 2069.

Nick Knowles Appointed As President Of The New National Construction Academy (NCA)

Nick Knowles

The National Construction Academy (NCA) are delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Knowles, TV presenter, director and writer as President. Nick brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role and is passionate about helping young people to secure careers in the construction industry. His work reflects a genuine understanding of the difference skilled tradespeople can make to building and renovating homes.

Nick’s role as President will further strengthen the new Board which includes Ian Hodgkinson of Hodgkinson Builders and Thomas Marples together with the owners of Aspire Achieve Advance Ltd, which is one of the most successful apprenticeship providers in England with over 4000 apprentices on programme. Nick will bring ambassadorial leadership to NCA to support and guide the development of the training programmes, with his abundant passion and vision for the construction industry in UK. The TV personality will help to provide life changing opportunities for young people to start a career path and become successful in the construction trade.

NCA has been created by a partnership of 3aaa and Ian Hodgkinson and it has received great support from the sector. It also responds to the Government’s priorities of developing skills in the construction sector and to increase the numbers of Apprentices. NCA offers traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities that can change the lives of young people offering them an exciting and rewarding chance to build a successful career in the construction industry and perhaps go on to establish their own successful construction companies

Ian Hodgkinson, Founder and owner of Hodgkinson Builders, commented, “Nick Knowles has a strong commitment to helping young people to find careers and jobs that can transform lives. I have worked with Nick on many projects over the years and he will be a champion of everything that encourages and develops young people to enter the Construction sector. We are delighted to have him as our President, by changing the archaic perceptions of the building trade, we hope to tackle the labour shortages UK wide, which are impacting on the production of new homes. It is a great honour to be working with Nick, and we can’t wait to get moving on the next step of our NCA journey.”

Nick Knowles said “‘I am delighted to be joining NCA as President. The construction industry is one that I am extremely passionate about and the need for new homes to be built across the country is critical. NCA has an ambition to provide a national network of training so that employers in the construction sector have a superb pool of labour to respond to the enormous demand for new homes nationwide. I am looking forward to being able to play a role in inspiring young people to be successful in this industry. A career in construction can take you far with the right training and attitude I am excited to be part of this new venture and maybe one day one of our apprentices will be hosting their own TV programme or running their own successful business!”

NCA offers traineeships and apprenticeships for young people and employers in the construction sector. The NCA traineeship offers candidates extensive support and training to achieve their CSCS card and to understand the practical skills and knowledge required to be a valuable and safe member of a worksite. Currently, delivering the traineeship lasts for a period of 12 weeks and includes 6 weeks of training and 6 weeks of work experience with an employer. Each trainee will then be equipped to enter onto an apprenticeship program with that employer.

The NCA apprenticeship enables candidates to further their knowledge and enter employment in the construction industry. The apprentice will learn more advanced techniques to become a competent construction worker. NCA currently have an academy in Derby.

If you are an Employer looking to transform your business, e-mail EMPLOY@NCAAPP.CO.UK or a young person looking to take your first steps into a career in construction, e-mail APPLY@NCAAPP.CO.UK.

NCA Apprenticeships Take on DIY SOS

NCA (National Construction Academy) has been launched to meet the growing need for high quality employment driven training for young people to enter the building trade. Specialising in the delivery of Bricklaying Traineeships and Apprenticeships, we are dedicated to providing your business with skilled young people, helping to build the pipeline of your future workforce and allowing you to train them to meet the needs of your business. We are working with the next generation of aspiring builders who are enthusiastic, passionate and ready to take on the challenge of adding value to your business and dramatically increasing productivity.