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18 Jun 2018

Anne Milton announces £22m construction skills fund


UK skills minister, Anne Milton, has launched a new £22 million fund to help combat construction skills shortages. 

The Construction Industry Training Board plans to oversee the 18-month scheme. 

 “For our economy to thrive we need everyone, regardless of their age or background, to be able to get the training and the skills they need to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Anne Milton. 

“The government has committed to building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s and we want to make sure that we are investing in the UK skills base to deliver this.”

The £22 million fund plans to support 20 on-site training hubs, work experience and placements for people wanting to join the industry, entry pathways for those currently unemployed, and pathways for “career switchers”.

 “The Construction Skills Fund is a milestone scheme for the sector and provides a significant investment in skills and training. It will help attract new talent and bridge the gap between training and working in the industry,” said Steve Radley, CITB’s policy director. “Having trained on or near to major projects will reveal what an exciting sector this can be, while also putting new talent in the shop window.

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GPS finishes construction of new 785MW CPV Towantic Energy Centre



US firm, Gemma Power Systems (GPS) has announced it has completed the construction of its 785MW combined-cycle electric generating facility in Oxford, Connecticut.

“I want to recognise and thank all of the talented women and men of Gemma Power Systems for their outstanding contributions to this project as we delivered another great project experience to all of our stakeholders,” GPS chief executive officer William F Griffin said. 

“We congratulate CPV on the addition of another highly efficient, clean energy facility to their fleet. We are pleased with the opportunity to continue our relationship with the company and its people.”

The facility features two General Electric 7HA.01 combustion turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine generator, the CPV Towantic Energy Centre is a 2×1 combined-cycle facility primarily fuelled by clean natural gas.

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Construction employment rises in 42 US states 


Across the U.S. between the months of May 2017 and May 2018, forty-two states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs according to an analysis released by the Associated General Contractors of America Labor Department. 

“It is heartening to see such widespread construction job gains,” said chief economist Ken Simonson. 

California added the most construction jobs (50,000 jobs, 6.2%) during the past 12-months. Other states adding a significant number of new construction jobs for the past year include:
Texas (43,100 jobs, 6.1%)
Florida (31,300 jobs, 6.2%)
Georgia (15,300 jobs, 8.4%)
Arizona (12,600 jobs, 8.8%)
Michigan (12,500 jobs, 7.7%)

West Virginia added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (11.1%, 3,400 jobs), followed by Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Utah (7.6%, 7,300 jobs). Construction employment reached a record high in Louisiana, Nebraska and Texas.

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