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National Insurance Contributions for Apprentices under 25
19 April 2016 - From 6 April 2016, if you employ an apprentice you may not need to pay employer Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) on their earnings below £827 a week (£43,000 a year). Read more...Latest News
Update on CE marking of fire rated doorsets
18 April 2016 - The new citations list for harmonised standards was published on 8th April and EN 16034 is still showing that the start of the three year coexistence period is 1/9/2016. The anticipated delay in this date hasn't materialised. Read more...Latest News
National Living Wage now in force
1 April 2016 - A compulsory National Living Wage has been introduced today for all working people aged 25 and over, and this is set at £7.20 per hour. Read more...Latest News
New talent matching service launched for construction industry
29 March 2016 - You can sign up to advertise a construction experience or activity to potential new entrants, education providers and your community. Read more...Latest News
Government reveals more on Apprenticeship Levy as BWF responds to Apprenticeship Inquiry
23 March 2016 - With further details on the Apprenticeship Levy emerging and a major shake-up of training provisions expected, BWF responded to the Inquiry on Apprenticeships from the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy. Read more...Latest News
New Government Construction Strategy launched
23 March 2016 - Launched today, the Government Construction Strategy: 2016-2020 sets out a new plan to increase productivity in government construction. Read more...Latest News
Central Point of Expertise for Timber (CPET) to close on 31st March
21 March 2016 - Since 2004, the Central Point of Expertise for Timber (CPET) has supported central government procurers and their suppliers to source legal and sustainable timber, palm oil and woodfuel. Read more...Latest News
Call for entries underway for the Wood Awards 2016
21 March 2016 - BWF members have an opportunity to enter the premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. Read more...Latest News
More Maths but no careers advice means the Budget just doesn’t add up
16 March 2016 - The BWF has responded to today's Budget Announcement from the Chancellor, noting that although tax breaks were likely to benefit the woodworking sector, there was little in the budget to support the next generation of apprenticeships or sustainable product manufacturers. Read more...Latest News
Construction Output Falls in January but New Orders Point to Growth in 2016
11 March 2016 - ONS figures published today show that construction output in January fell by 0.2% and by 0.8% compared with one year earlier Read more...Latest News
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