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UK Construction Week is a new event which is set to become the biggest construction industry trade show on the UK calendar, comprising nine separate shows under one roof from 6th- 8th October. Held at Birmingham’s NEC, over 55,000 trade visitors are expected to make their way around the show featuring 600 industry exhibitors and dozens of expert speakers. If you’ve already booked your free ticket to UK Construction Week, you’ll want to start planning your schedule now – there’s so much to see that it will be easy to miss something. The Integrity team have highlighted a few events that are worth adding to your calendar if you’re heading to UK Construction Week…

Apprenticeships and SMEs (10am, 6th October – Site Zone, Build Show)

Apprentices have been an integral part of the construction industry for centuries, and they remain vital to its future today. With skills shortages looming for the industry, it’s never been more important to encourage the younger generation to start working in construction. This talk from CITB’s Paul Blakeman talks you through all you need to know about hiring an apprentice including how to apply for grants and funding.

Keynote panel discussion: the state of housebuilding in the UK (10.50am, 6thOctober – Homebuilding Theatre, Build Zone)

The housing crisis may be a big issue with the public, but politicians have taken little action to increase the supply of housing in the UK. This panel discussion brings together industry experts including Chris Carr of the FMB Home Builders’ Group and Kevin Crawford of CIAT to discuss political and practical obstacles to the shortage and the home builders’ role in creating solutions.

Are you are your business BIM Level 2 ready? (3pm, 6th, 7th, 8th October– BIM Prospects Theatre, Build Show)

BIM is almost omnipresent in the construction industry today, and it’s only set to become more important as time passes. The government want the construction industry to be ‘BIM Level 2 Ready’ by 2016 – so attend this talk to learn the basics.

How can the homebuilding industry improve skills training to overcome site skills shortages? (10am, 7th October – Homebuilding Theatre, Building Show)

This panel session looks at poor training as a cause of skills shortages in the construction industry in the UK. The speakers (including John Slaughter of the Home Builders Federation and Andy George from Barratt Developments debate how to make traditional skills training more appealing to the younger generation – without compromising the uptake of practical skills.

One hour masterclasses: communications for SME builders (3.30pm, 7th October – Site Zone, Build Show)

Social media, websites and PR aren’t just for big companies. This session aims to help SME builders navigate the world of marketing. If you’re looking to expand your efforts in this area or want to know if marketing’s worth the investment, be sure to attend this masterclass at the Build Show’s Site Zone.

Making government a more intelligent construction client (10am, 8th October – Main Stage)

Dr. David Hancock is Head of Construction at the Cabinet Office, and he’s partaking in several seminars and panels at UK Construction Week. This talk discusses how to improve the relationship between the construction industry and the UK government as a client, including checking progress against the Construction 2025 vision.

The future of the government construction strategy (3pm, 8th October – The Infrastructure Hub, Civils Expo)

Later that day, Dr. Hancock heads over to the Civils Expo to discuss the future of the UK government’s construction strategy. This seminar is unmissable for construction companies who take on lots of work in the public sector.

Beer festival (6th-8th October)

There’s plenty of entertainment and refreshment at UK Construction Week, including a beer festival where local craft breweries will be showcasing their wares!

There are dozens more events at this year’s UK Construction Week. If you’re looking for specific events for your sector or want to see what else is on offer, explore the full schedule on the UK Construction Week website.