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Green Building

BACH starts its journey to support its members as they work towards NetZero.

Every College and Training Provider will see 1000s of changes as every trade takes steps towards NetZero

Every Project or Campaign needs a name.  BACH needs to decide if to use NetZero, Carbon Reduction, Climate Change, Sustainability, Green agenda etc etc.

Discussing this with other organisations why they have selected one of the above, but there seems one underlining reason.  Funding.  Today NetZero is attracting the cash.  COP26 in Glasgow uses Climate Change.

CLC  (Construction Leadership Council) uses CO2nstructZero  The 2 should be dropped down, but some posts will not support this.  While I personally don't find another name helpful, following the CLC lead makes sense. You can see their Performance Framework at

I guess everything also needs to follow the government's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

BACH is keen to work with other organisations facing the challenges of how to constantly change teaching in the FE sector to reflect new materials, change of rules, understanding the requirements of major employers and much small businesses.  If organisations focusing on NetZero, Carbon Reduction, Climate Change, Sustainability, Green agenda wish to work with BACH and its Members please contact ian Stirling



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BACH London and South East

Due to so many staff in London colleges being on short-term contracts or subject to ongoing restructuring BACH has decided its London and South East Region requires a small group of Officers instead of a Chair and Secretary. Can you assist BACH to make London an active region again? or 0753143184.

If you lead Construction Training in or around London you can join BACH.

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From fenews- Construction a safer bet than full-time footballer

On 21 April fenews carried a story headed ‘Switching goal from football to the construction industry’ It is a story about Haaroon Belaid, who had played for Charlton Athletic and Bishop Stortford but now studies the Built Environment at Barking & Dagenham College. Builders are always in demand, perhaps when recruiting students this should be the number 1 selling point. Do you have other stories to share with BACH.

Covid-19 will colleges find 2020/2021 easier than Private Training Providers?

As the DfE on 17 April 2020 talks up the possibility of some financial support for providers of apprenticeships and adult education, the future for training providers looks tough. Do you and your colleges have a plan if local or national training provides collapse? Is it am opportunity to acquire some much-needed teaching staff as well as learners. BACH is open as ready to share suggestions.

100% Full – BACH Development Day 13 Nov 2019

The BACH Development Day – CPD has proved popular.  Looking at the programme below, we are sure you can see why ‘The Best Informed Construction Heads’ join BACh and attend this event.

FE Construction Training

An in-depth experts’ view of the 2020 challenges

 Wednesday 13 November 2019

Leeds College of Building, South Bank Campus

Off Cudbear St, Crown Point Rd, Leeds LS10 1EF

09.30 to 09.40 Conference Welcome from our President Graham Hasting-Evans
09.40 to 10.00 Sector Overview Panel chaired by Graham Hasting-Evans and Bob Howlett
10.00 to 10.45 Update on T Levels and Apprenticeship Standards Pamela Rahman, Associate Director – TE Implementation & Delivery at Institute for Apprenticeships and Tech Education
10.45 to 11.15 Construction EPA and Apprenticeships

Tom Burton NOCN Director of Apprenticeships

11.15 to 11.30 Tea/Coffee Sponsored by Dovetail and Slate
11.30 to 11.50 Panel Apprenticeships and T Levels chaired by Graham Hasting-Evans
11.50 to 12.10 Our experiences with the latest Ofsted inspections

Dave Wilkins

12.10 to 12.30 Table discussion on Inspections
12.30 to 12.50 BACH Wales experience presented by Graham Hasting-Evans
12.50 to 13.20 Lunch and networking Sponsored by Dovetail and Slate


13.20 to 13.40 Campaign for gender balance in STEM

Helen Wollaston WISE Chief Executive


13.40 to 14.10 The new Wood Product Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Tony Batchelor British Woodworking Federation

14.10 to 14.30 Benefits of off-site manufacturing and their work with CITB Ian Buckingham, Construction Skills Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre
14.30 to 15.00 Table Discussion – How FE should prepare for the future with off-site manufacturing and advances in construction methods
15.00 to 15.20 BACH’s Strategic Plan Dave Wilkins
15.20 to 15.30 Ideas for National Annual Conference Lee Mills
15.30 to 15.40 Closing remarks and reflections Dave Wilkins.
15:40 Depart

Lunch and Refreshment Sponsor Dovetail & Slate

There will be an optional short tour of Leeds new digital campus before and after the Programme

Leeds College of Building, South Bank Campus is a modern 4 storey purpose-built facility. It is set in one of Europe’s largest city centre redevelopments and it is within an ‘Education Hub’


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Good News Story from the BACH South West Region

Students from Weston College were treated to a behind the scenes visit to the BBC TV programme DIY SOS.  20 students from a variety of construction courses were able to visit a live location site and watch the DIY SOS team of volunteers undertake the restoration of a family home. The students had the chance to meet the DIY SOS crew who spoke so positively about the construction industry and the opportunities it creates.

Students were surprised to hear that the DIY SOS crew still work in the construction Industry when not on set, Mark Millar, who presents, and is the build manager, runs his own construction business in Bristol when not filming.

Students also had a Q&A slot with TV presenter Nick Knowles who proved to be a great advocate for the construction industry, the characters that work within the industry and the impact it has on all of our lives. Nick also challenged colleges to get involved with their own voluntary work within their communities as a regular part of study programmes, highlighting the value to recipients but also to the students who would get a chance to really make a difference.

Students left the visit buoyed with enthusiasm for construction and all pledged to get involved with a voluntary project in 2019-20

Consultant supporting FE Colleges to reach outstanding performance

BACH National Annual Conference Date and Venue announced

Hold Sunday 17 March to Tuesday 19 March for the BACH National Conference. The venue is The Midland Hotel in the centre of Derby.  It is next door to the Station. For those driving it is close to the M1 and has parking on site.

We are holding the member’s rate once again at £450 for the complete package. 

Book the time out of the college today and make sure your manager and colleagues know you are Joining the Best informed Construction Heads

We will be sending out the presenters details as they are confirmed. 

Following from our very successful National Development Day in November the programme will focus on Inspections and the challenges that Heads across England and Wales are facing.  This year more time will be given to members to question the panels of expert presenters.

We welcome input with recommendations of presenters and/or subject we could cover.

Please forward this email on to potential members and others who manage Construction Training in Colleges, Universities and the private sector.

More Construction Frameworks to close. Know your dates.

Stuart Crabb, Curriculum Performance Manager – Construction, Doncaster College and University Centre has asked BACH to Pass on this extra information to Members with the comment below.

Not sure if it’s common knowledge yet about the other frameworks closing for registrations in the middle of next year. Please pass out the attached to the BACH members.

Please find below an update from CITB on the last day for registrations onto SASE Apprenticeship Frameworks at Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3):

  • Wood Occupations Site Carpenter, Bench Joiner at Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) 31ST December 2018
  • Steelfixing Major Projects Intermediate (Level 2) registrations closed removed from framework
  • Lifting Technician Level 2 registrations closed for Mobile, Tower and Crawler Crane
  • Trowel Occupations Intermediate (Level 2) (Bricklayer) 31st July 2019
  • Plastering Intermediate (Level 2) 31st July 2019
  • Painting & Decorating Intermediate (Level 2) 31st July 2019
  • Scaffolding Intermediate (Level 2) 30th April 2019
  • Highways Maintenance Intermediate (Level 2) 30th April 2019
  • Digital Engineering Technician Level 3 not part of framework
  • Floorlaying Intermediate (level 2) 31st July 2019
  • Wall and Floor Tiling level 2 TBC
  • Formwork Intermediate (Level 2) 31st July 2019
  • Tunnelling Intermediate (Level 2) 31st July 2019
  • Piling Level 2 not part of framework
  • General Construction Operative Intermediate (Level 2) 31st July 2019

Framework withdrawal for Carpentry and Joinery.

Neil Hartis CITB’s Standards and Qualifications Policy Manager supplies BACH with update information on the Framework withdrawal for Carpentry and Joinery.

The new Standard for Carpentry and Joinery at Level 2 (£12,000 funding band) is available from September 2018; this covers Site Carpentry and Architectural Joinery.

The Framework pathway for Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery at Intermediate Level 2) will close for registrations on 31 December 2018.

The new Standard for Advanced Carpentry and Joinery at Level 3 (£9,000 funding band) is available from September 2018; this covers Site Carpentry and Architectural Joinery.

The Framework pathway for Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery Advanced Level 3) will close for registrations on 31 December 2018.



Institute for Apprenticeships addresses BACHs concerns in person at their National event.

Robert Nitsch Chief Operating Officer at Institute for Apprenticeships gave an overview of the Institute’s work. This was followed by an in-depth question, answer and discussion.  Rob took some points on board and agree to investigate.  BACH will invite him back to share the progress the Institute under his leadership is making to solve some of the challenges BACH members are facing.  

His presentation is available here Rob Nitsch web PRESENTATION – BACH 21 Nov 18


Chris Bealey digs down into what inspectors are looking for at the BACH National Development Day 2018

Ofsted inspections are rarely straightforward and proving your team is assisting its students sometimes feels impossible.  Chris spent the afternoon at the BACH National Development Day 21 Nov 2918 helping the Best Informed Construction Heads question many parts of their inspection planning.  We have included a link to his presentation, but we are sure those who attended will confirm being there added so much more than a presentation can do.   inspectionsChris Bealey at BACH



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Join the best informed Construction Heads at the


FE Construction Training An in-depth experts’ view of the 2019 challenges. Including Apprenticeships, T Levels & OFSTED Inspections

Programme subject to change as we confirm the final timings for presenters

Wednesday 21 November 2018

National College for High Speed Rail

2 Lister Street, Birmingham, B7 4AG

Day Package Price £100 for members

£165 for non-members include 1 months membership of BACH

Free place for each college*  Second member £50*

First come first booked we are holding 80 places

*Only valid where the college membership is valid and paid. Must be booked before 13 November, not valid without a confirmed booking.

FE Construction Training

An in-depth experts’ view of the 2019 challenges

Including Apprenticeships, T Levels & OFSTED Inspections


08.45 to 09.45 Members only


Development Day – programme subject to change

09.50 to 09.55 Conference Welcome from our new President Graham Hastings-Evans

09.55 to 10.05 Sector Overview including England and Wales Policies, Chair

10.05 to 10.30 Sector update on Apprenticeship Standards, Neil Hartis at CITB

10.30 to 11.00 T-Levels and Reformed Apprenticeships overview, Robert Nitsch Chief Operating Officer at Institute for Apprenticeships

11.00 to 11.15 Tea and Coffee

11.15 to 11.45 T-Levels Wave 1 Construction, DfE

11.45 to 12.15 Workshop

12.15 to 12.30 Feedback of main issues

12:30 to 13.00 Panel Discussion on main issues

13.00 to 13.50 Lunch and networking

13.50 to 14.05 Membership matters, David Wilkins

14.05 to 15.20 Inspections, Chris Bealey

Ofsted and Estyn Policy Overview           

Best Practice


Panel Discussion

15.20 to 15.30 Closing remarks and reflections by Bob Howlett and Dave Wilkins.

15:40 Depart

Optional Overnight accommodation

Rooms are single occupancy and include breakfast. 

£129 but SAVE £20 by booking before 22 Oct* 

Premier Inn Birmingham Central (East)

Richard Street, Aston, Waterlinks, Birmingham, B7 4AA

Google maps show the hotel 5 minutes walk or a 2 minutes drive from our venue.  Parking is chargeable at the hotel at (today’s prices) £4 for 24 hours, so please consider walking to the venue.  We do not have parking at the venue.

Book accommodation before 22 October for our best rate of £109, bookings on or after 22 October will be charged at £129.  Bookings made after 5 November or after our allocation has been sold are dependent on the hotel’s rate at the time.

Cancellation terms

Development Day terms:

Up to 28 days before arrival no charge will be made.

Between 14 and 27 days before arrival, 50% of the appropriate price will be charged.

Within 14 days or the event, full fees will be charged.

Hotel accommodation terms:

Non-refundable at any time. This is due to the commitment BACH has made to the hotel.

Please, will those members who book a free place let us know if they are unable to attend, as BACH has to pay in full for all confirmed bookings as at 13 November.  Please give us as much notice as possible so we have a reasonable opportunity to re-allocate your place.

All bookings must be made on our online booking system

If you any queries, difficulties or suggestions please email or 07539 143184

You do not pay when booking, we will invoice the college

The invoice can be paid by BACS or you can pay by card using the ‘Pay online’ link on the invoice.  The link is secure and run by Worldpay so BACH does not hold or see your card details.

BACH NEC Wednesday 20 June 2018

This is a reminder to all BACH NEC Wednesday 20 June 2018, South and Central College, Birmingham

We have accommodation held for Tuesday night, which will be bookable on the shortly.  It really assist us if everyone could book online, that way we can run hotel booking lists with one click.  If not, we are exporting them to Excel and adding those booking made by email.

Rooms are available at the Hampton by Hilton in the centre of Birmingham.  See Hampton by Hilton, Birmingham website

The meeting kis kindly hosted by our Chair Bob Howlett at South & City College Birmingham See Bordesley Green Campus

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BACH Construction Heads sharing their collective knowledge

1 member free – BACH Autumn Development Day 2018

Wednesday 21 November 2018 is the BACH  Autumn Development Day CPD in the West Midlands.

NEC has decided that for every fully paid up member organisation they will issue 1 free place and another at a discounted rate.  These places are to be used by Named members.

HOLD THE DATE  – you would not want to miss this event.

The event will cover the main subjects that create challenges for members.  This is your opportunity to suggest presenters and subjects.  Please, email them to

In contrast to the Spring Conference, many of the presenters will be BACH members, sharing their practical experience of meeting the challenges facing everyone heading up a Team of Lecturers teaching Construction today.  Never has the need been greater for quality trained UK construction workers.  The Government has a raft of policies aimed at tackling the shortages today and the expected increase in the requirement of UK construction workers after Brexit.  With major construction projects at a level never seen in the UK, BACH Members are 1 of the keys to successful completion of these.  The mix of new build includes Hickley Power Station, Aykon London One,  Angel Meadows Manchester and Chelsea Football Stadium to name but a few.  The refurbishment of Shopping Centres, Railway Stations to the really massive modernisation of The Big Ben and Palace of Westminster and Buckingham Place.  Road and rail projects include HS2 and the building of the £1.5B A14/A1 road improvement.  For more information see 10 Construction Projects to watch.

However, the above are not the only challenges to those recruiting construction workers in the UK.  The house building programme is failing to meet the demand year after year, and many construction workers will start their career in this sector after completing a successful apprenticeship, most taught in Colleges that are BACH members.

If you Head up a Team of people teaching construction, then put Wed 21 Nov 2018 on your calendar now.  Need more information or to join

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