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INDUSTRY VOICE


BMF support for construction talent retention scheme


THE BMF HAS expressed full support for a number of measures to secure jobs within the construction industry announced within the Chancellor’s statement on 8 July.


One of the key announcements in the written statement is the launch of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme (CTRS), a partnership between the Government and industry to secure essential talent in the UK construction sector.


The CTRS will be run by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) which is made up of trade and business associations from across the supply chain, including the BMF. It is designed to keep skills in the sector, matching displaced workers with employers


workforce. We need to keep the skills built up over many years within the industry in order to secure construction’s long-term recovery.


seeking new staff. It is based on a proven model to safeguard talent in the aerospace and automotive sectors.


The CTRS is an online portal that supports redeployment of staff at risk redundancy across the sector, while also enabling temporary employee loans between businesses. The scheme will also give displaced workers from other sectors a route to find new employment in construction. John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Covid-19 has already had an impact and we are seeing businesses having to reduce their


Get ready for Brexit


BMF MEMBERS WILL have seen media reports about moves the UK Government is making to help companies prepare for life outside the EU from 1 January next year.


A public information campaign called “The UK’s New Start: Let’s Get Going” began in mid-July to set out actions to prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December. Adverts in the print & broadcast media include the “Check, Change, Go” slogan that directs you to an online checking tool at www.gov.uk/transition to help you identify what to do for your business. Ministers have also published a 206-page guide called the “Border Operating Model” to describe end-to-end processes and systems that will be used at the border for imports & exports. It is a technically-detailed guide to arrangements & actions that will be adopted as the UK will no longer be in the EU Single Market and the Customs Union.


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In light of the continuous changes to events due to COVID-19 precautions, please check the BMF website at www. bmf.org.uk for all the latest news and events updates in this ever-changing environment.


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Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, BMF staff were tracking Brexit while the UK & EU negotiate various arrangements including a trade deal. We concentrate on what advice you will require regarding product standards, trade tariffs & quotas, VAT and purchasing policy. The associations & federations we collaborate with that speak for your customers are concerned with migrant workers, public tenders, contracts & liabilities and associated extra burdens. If and when a trade deal is struck, the BMF will know better how to help you in the coming months.


“The CLC’s Talent Retention Scheme, alongside the financial measures announced by the Chancellor to encourage businesses to employ and train young people and provide quality apprenticeships, will help to retain our talent base and redeploy their skills across the entire sector as well as well moving to secure the future by investing in the next generation.”


The CTRS has funding secured from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy until the end of the financial year, providing a free online platform


for any organisation looking to hire, while ensuring that candidates’ skills and experience are given a prominent platform within the industry. John Newcomb added: “This is a proven programme, with no cost for users, that is supported by the entire construction industry bringing significant scope and scale to its successful delivery. We will be promoting the CTRS online portal extensively within the building materials sector and encouraging BMF merchant and supplier members to register.”


• For more information about the scheme visit: www.trs-system.co.uk/ construction


Hidden signs of housing need


THE LATEST CROP of housing research reveals two aspects of the housing crisis that go unnoticed affecting those aged under 35 and who are in work. BMF staff have seen findings of the English Housing Survey from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government that quantifies the scale of ‘sofa surfing’ and ‘concealed households’.


In the last financial year, 541,000 households (2% of total) had someone living with them who would otherwise be homeless - known as ‘sofa surfing’. This is more prevalent in London and the South East - and 29% of those who had ‘sofa surfers’ living with them also had dependent children.


In addition, there were 1.6 million households (7% of total) in which there was an adult who would like to buy or rent their own place but cannot afford to - described as ‘concealed households’. In these households, it was found that: (a) 88% are aged under 35 years; (b) 82% are in full or part time work; and (c) 39% were in London or the South East. Most ‘concealed households’ live with owner-occupiers. Evidence, if any was needed, of the need to “Build, Build, Build”.


www.buildersmerchantsjournal.net August 2020


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