Industry awaits consultation findings

The results of the government’s consultation on the practice of cash retention under construction contracts will be published in April. The consultation, which closed in mid-January, covered areas including: • the effectiveness of existing prompt and fair payment measures for retentions • research carried out for industry by Pye Tait • late a[read more]

Enhanced Verification of Overseas Qualifications

The UK’s international qualifications agency UK NARIC and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have announced additional measures relating to the assessment of overseas qualifications. From 01 December 2017, overseas construction workers wishing to work in the UK will have the technical content of their overseas qualification mapped a[read more]

Build UK Accident Survey

The 2016/17 Build UK Accident Survey is now live and you can submit your accident statistics for the last 12 months from 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017 via the following link: Build UK Accident Survey 2016/17 For companies that have not had any accidents over the last 12 months, Build UK still wants to hear from you and the survey will take no [read more]

2017 Sees Big Changes to Qualifications AND Funding

Training From September 2017, for England only, TICA will deliver apprenticeships at both Levels 2 and 3 on a standard – moving away from our current framework. All English candidates will follow the standard, and will complete their apprenticeship with an End Point Assessment (EPA) which will be overseen by an independent EPA organisation. The[read more]

Apprenticeship Levy for Wales

The Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect on 1 April 2017. Apprentice eligibility will depend on where the apprentice spends most of their working time. If the apprentice lives in either Wales or England, their employer is based in either Wales or England and the apprentice spends 51% or more of their time working in Wales, their funding come[read more]

Contractual Severance Pay

The National Joint Council for the Engineering Construction Industry have issued details of Contractual Severance Pay, effective from 6 April 2017. Find out more about the Contractual Severance Pay Values here.    [read more]

Apprentice Levy and How to Register

Apprenticeships and how they are funded are changing fundamentally in 2017. Levy Paying Employers (ie those with a monthly payroll of over £3m) Levy-paying employers are now able to register to access their apprenticeship service levy account. Following registration you will be required to sign a contract with the apprenticeship service. [read more]

CSCS to Develop a TICA Affiliate Card Scheme

TICA - as a member of BuildUK, has agreed to abide by the 2015 decision of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to promote card schemes to our members which carry the CSCS logo – with no exceptions. Over the past few months, we have worked closely with CSCS to develop a TICA affiliate card scheme that will offer all operatives who have qual[read more]

How Apprentice Levy will Affect our Members

National Apprenticeship Funding Proposals - How will they affect TICA Members? The Department for Education has released their ‘proposals for apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017’ somewhat later that we had originally been told to expect. Here are the headlines: • Start date for the new system – 1st May 2017 this is for apprenti[read more]


TICA will be represented at the upcoming BuildUK Ltd AGM which will take place on Wednesday 21st September 2016. The association is working closely with all members to develop a clear position on the priorities for construction in relation to Brexit. The following key issues have been identified: • Free movement of EU workers • Access to th[read more]