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A new study has found that 63% of UK trades are struggling to find staff, amid a severe construction labour shortage. The study, conducted by Rated People, also found that many tradespeople are looking to leave the country to find work abroad, leaving an even greater demand for skilled workers across the country. 

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Heating costs can be a major expense during the winter months, but there are a number of things you can do to reduce them. Whilst most of these can be done by the general public, you may need additional help with others.

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A new study has found that 63% of UK trades are struggling to find staff, amid a severe construction labour shortage. The study, conducted by Rated People, also found that many tradespeople are looking to leave the country to find work abroad, leaving an even greater demand for skilled workers across the country. 

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On Thursday 13th July, Access hosted their latest Open Day in Cardiff. From 10:00 - 13:00, over 70 attendees made their way through the doors of our Cardiff Centre. The day promised exciting taster sessions in Electrics, Plumbing, Carpentry, Gas and Plastering, allowing for prospective students to see first-hand what they could learn on the trades courses and speak to our tutors. 

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According to the most recent Construction Skills Network report, the construction industry is likely to continue to experience significant growth over the next 4 years. This growth surpasses previous expectations, indicating a strong demand for tradespeople in the present and the near future.

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Access Training is excited to announce the launch of the Access Network and our improved Student Portal. 

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As the summer season unfolds in the United Kingdom, certain industries witness a surge in demand for employment opportunities. Among them, the construction sector stands tall, offering the most popular summer jobs. The dynamic nature of construction projects, the abundance of opportunities, and the benefits associated with the industry have contributed to its prominence. This article explores why construction has emerged as the most popular summer jobs provider in the UK.

 

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What's changing with PQP cards?

From the 30th of June 2023, PQP cards will only be available to applicants that are a part of one of the approved professional bodies. There is a list available to the public of all 63 CSCS-approved professional bodies to check whether you are on the approved list.

If you are a part of an approved body on the above list, you can continue to apply for your PQP card through your organisation. The changes that are coming into place will only affect those who are not a part of the approved bodies on the list.

 

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Earlier this year in January, The House of Commons had their initial debate over the skills and labour shortages that were apparent within the UK economy.

Previous research conducted by the ONS in late 2022 revealed that 13.3% of businesses currently have a shortage of workers. One of the industries that has been effected most by the skills shortage is the construction industry, with 20.7% of all construction businesses being impacted by the current skills shortages.

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Whether you're a newly qualified tradesman or if you've been in the trades for years, there's no harm in brushing up on your skills. After all, you want to ensure that you do your job to the best of your ability for your customers!

So, what qualities and skills are needed to be a 'good' tradesman? In this blog, we've put together 5 key qualities that we believe make a tradesman stand out from the crowd. 

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