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Press Releases and Coverage

7th October 2017 Hazards of a Skills Clash
The Scottish Building Federation featured prominently in a special construction supplement in The Herald commenting on the rejection of CITB's levy proposals and CITB's deregulation of craft apprenticeships. 20171007 The Herald - Hazards of a skills clash.

29th September 2017
Scottish Construction Bodies Reject CITB's Levy Proposals
Members of the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) and the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF) have both voted overwhelmingly to reject the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) proposals to continue to raise the construction industry training levy. The full SBF Press Release is available here.

1st September 2017
Scottish construction bodies seek member views on future of CITB levy
The Scottish Building Federation, together with the Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) and the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF), the only three Scottish Consensus Federations, are surveying their memberships for views on the future of the Construction Levy administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The SBF Press Release is available here.

24th July 2017
Scottish builders’ confidence declines as fears over future work pipeline grow
The confidence of employers in the Scottish construction industry has taken a hit as fears over future work prospects grow. This is a key conclusion of the latest Scottish Construction Monitor, a quarterly survey of the membership of the Scottish Building Federation which represents hundreds of building companies located throughout Scotland, from Orkney to the Borders. The SBF Press Release is available here.

13th July 2017
Scottish builders ‘increasingly concerned’ by planned new craft apprenticeship framework
Scottish construction employers are becoming increasingly concerned by plans to introduce a new framework governing how apprentices working in the industry’s traditional craft trades are trained and employed. The warning has been issued by a coalition of industry employers, trade associations and trade unions as plans to introduce the new framework from the start of the 2017-18 academic year look likely to go ahead despite an absence of meaningful consultation. The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is available here.

27th March 2017
Scottish builders plead for ‘greater certainty’ as industry confidence holds steady again

Scottish construction industry confidence has remained steady at PLUS 2 for a third consecutive quarter according to the latest in a quarterly series of industry employer surveys.  The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is avialable here.

15th March 2017
Scottish construction employment closes 2016 at 3-year high
Employment in the Scottish construction industry closed 2016 at 181,000, an annual rise of 7% or 12,000 and the highest number employed within the sector since December 2013.The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is avialable here.

10th March 2017
£14.5 billion output from Scottish construction in 2016
New official figures from the Office for National Statistics, issued today (10th March), show the Scottish construction industry generated total output of £14.5 billion last year, a modest decline on record output of £14.7 billion during 2015.The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is avialable here.

20th December 2016
Scottish builders’ confidence holds steady as rethink urged on abolition of apprentice skills test
Confidence amongst Scottish construction employers has held steady at PLUS 2 during the last three months of 2016, the same level recorded during the previous quarter.  The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is avialable here.

9th December 2016
Private sector keeps Scottish construction buoyant after Brexit vote
Output from the Scottish construction sector seems to have remained buoyant during the three months immediately following the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union, new official figures suggest. The SBF Press Release is available here and the associated press coverage is avialable here.