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The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has called for more measures to be deployed in the UK’s construction sector, in order to improve health and safety standards. The REC recently attended a meeting being held by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC), which advises the Health and Safety Executive, to discuss skills

shortages in the industry. The meeting saw the REC call for more to be done to stop the construction industry suffering from further skills shortages, as workers leave the sector because of preventable illnesses and injuries. Daniel Griffin, policy advisor to REC Construction, said: ‘It is in everyone’s interest to ensure we have a healthy and safe workforce.’


SSE has launched a new solar PV offering for its customers that will enable them to benefit from free solar electricity. Customers who sign-up for the scheme will have solar PV panels installed on their roof by SSE‘s microrenewables business – at no cost.

The customer will be able to use electricity generated

by these panels for free, in return for allowing SSE Micro Renewables to keep the panels on the roof for the next 25 years. SSE Micro Renewables will benefit from the generation and export tariffs associated with any solar electricity generated through the solar PV and will be responsible for all ongoing maintenance.

Skills shortage set to last well into the future

The UK is currently suffering from a skills shortage that will not end in the coming years, according to Phil Flaxton, chief executive of WorkWise UK. He claimed that the nation is experiencing a lack of skilled labour for several reasons, and said that the roles affected include electricians and other tradespeople. He said: ‘Despite what is going on in the

economy, there is still definitely a skills shortage in the UK. It depends on what an individual wants to do, but I don’t see that situation changing in the foreseeable future.’ Flaxton also suggested that some young people lack interest in developing new skills via apprenticeships, because they are not willing to stay on a training course for the required period.

EIC makes splash with M&E installation for Thames Water

EIC has completed a commercial office fit out for Thames Water. EIC delivered the full mechanical and electrical installation contract at the 43,000ft2

Operational Management

Centre – known as Kemble Court – within just five months. Working alongside main contractor Itineri, and mechanical and electrical consultant The Engineering Practice, EIC was responsible for mechanical and electrical installation.

Although the building was empty when the work began, staff began relocating to Kemble Court during the refurbishment process. To minimise disruption and respond quickly to any concerns, EIC put in place a dedicated customer helpdesk. The team worked flexibly around the requirements of these early occupiers, while also ensuring the delivery schedule was met on target.

Ian Lyall, joint managing director of EIC, said: ‘This was an exceptional project, which demanded experience from across the company working together to ensure the efficient delivery of a large-scale scheme within a fairly tight timeframe. We took a flexible approach to the delivery of the contract and made sure the team was able to respond quickly when the client’s requirements changed and when the building became occupied.’

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