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More Construction news......

I was at a recent CITB/WECA round table listening to ideas for the Construction Skills Fund and the Homebuilders Association spoke of their successes with a Construction boot camp, here's some of the detail for your information and I have just been passed some other useful Construction funding information if you are interested... Innovate UK - Business Basics Fund -

  • Boosting SME productivity (trial strand) – Grant Funding

  • Aims to drive innovation and enable better investment decisions at a local and national level.

  • The programme will test innovative ways of encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt existing technologies and business practices that can boost their productivity

  • Competition opens: Tuesday 26 June 2018 - Closes: Tuesday 4 September 2018 12:00pm

  • Collaborations are encouraged. Private organisations must work with at least one public sector or not for profit partner.

  • You can apply for up to £400,000 in grant funding to run a trial. Projects must start by 1 November 2018, end by 31 December 2019 and can last between 3 and 12 months. Evaluation of the longer term impact may continue after the end of the project.

'Bytes and Mortar’ construction revolution to build 50% quicker -

  • Construction Sector Deal launched to transform construction through innovative technologies to increase productivity.

The Construction Sector Deal will deliver:

  • £420 million investment in ‘bytes and mortar smart construction’ - investment will transform construction through use of digital building design, new manufacturing technologies and offsite manufacturing helping cut the time taken to deliver new build by 50%

  • cheaper energy bills for families and businesses – support Industrial Strategy mission to halve the energy use of new builds by 2030

  • 25,000 construction apprenticeship starts and 1,000 Construction T Level placements by 2020 to help give young people the skills that industry needs – with £34m to scale up innovative training models across the country

  • improved global access to a $2.5 trillion export market – a globally-competitive sector targeting the growing international infrastructure market that is set to grow by 70% in the years ahead

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