CITB-ConstructionSkills calls on SME to take on low carbon building skillsAs registration for the authorisation of Green Deal providers, assessors and installers opens, CITB-ConstructionSkills is calling on small and medium sized (SME) contractors to take on low carbon building skills to benefit from the home energy-efficiency scheme.
The Sector Skills Council and Industrial Training Board is encouraging SMEs to register as a Green Deal installer with an appropriate accreditation body, in order to benefit from the 60,000 jobs that are estimated to result from the initiative. Only firms demonstrating they meet the competency criteria by possessing the appropriate qualifications will receive the Green Deal Quality Mark and be authorised to deliver services through the scheme.
Mark Farrar, chief executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills, commented: “If the Green Deal is to be successful, we as an industry must deliver a high and consistent quality of work to instill consumer confidence. That means, if necessary, upskilling and gaining the qualifications that are recognised under the Green Deal scheme.
“There is a clear process that SMEs must go through in order to upskill and become registered for Green Deal and ECO work. Firms should visit the Cut the Carbon portal at www.cskills.org/cutcarbon to understand more about this step by step procedure. Through the portal, SMEs can also access the Green Deal Competency Framework (GDCF) which has been created to provide a mapped overview of qualifications which will be recognised under the Green Deal Scheme.
“We are also working to prepare the industry for the Green Deal by investing funds to put in place a network of Green Deal training providers and up to 1,000 installers. The time to prepare for the future is now.”
Moroccon Construction Fair
Morocco attracts the interest of the investors as an export-oriented manufacturing hub for the European market, increasing importance with the tourism industry, reveals Morocco’s underlying growth momentum in the next few years.
The sector is expected to continue on this strong growth over the medium-to-long term. It is forecasted that a real growth of 2.56% year-on-year for Morocco’s construction industry in 2014 and average real industry growth of 6.8% per annum between 2014 and 2023.
The Moroccan construction industry registered a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.27% during the review period (2009–2013). This growth was supported by government reforms including the liberalization, modernization and privatization of previously government-run sectors. Despite the financial crisis and the Arab Spring uprisings, the government increased expenditure on the construction and renovation of roads, airports and seaports.
Construction industry growth is expected to remain healthy over the forecast period (2014–2018), as a result of the government’s focus on infrastructure and residential construction. The residential, infrastructure and commercial construction markets collectively accounted for 84.1% of the construction industry’s value in 2013.
The contribution of these three markets will be significant to overall industry growth, with industry output expected to record a forecast-period CAGR of 5.06%.
In this sense, Morocco Build will be opening doors in Casablanca International Fairground from 12 to 15 October 2015 along with Morocco Machinex, Morocco Industry Expo and Morocco Automotive Fairs.