BACH one-day Conference Wed 9 November 2022, Bedford

The Conference is at the brand-new £4.3m Bedford College Connolly Centre for Modern Construction.

Conference overview and context

College budgets are going to be further squeezed by the Chancellor, but we are also struggling with rising inflation and the retention and recruitment of staff. And at the same time, the Government plans, by September 2025, to do away with hundreds of Level 2 and below qualifications and courses, which we all know are crucial for students to progress and get into employment in construction.

And if all of that is not enough, we have to redesign all our courses for Net Zero and climate change.

There has never been a more important time to attend a BACH Conference. Free to all BACH Members, including Managers and Senior Staff at any of their  Colleges or Campuses. Book online for 9 November now -

As the leading construction training organisations, we need to work together to face these massive challenges. But not only that, we need to work with the employers in the form of the CLC and CITB.

With all this in mind the Conference on 9 November will deal with two major themes:

The inflationary and staffing issues and how we can work better with employers and CITB;

The ways forward on ‘Greening’ of construction skills.

Come along, share your input, and learn from colleagues how we can all work together to face the uncertainties of our sector.


9:30-10:00 Registration  
10:00 - 10:05 Welcome and Introduction Lee Mills, BACH Chair
10:05-10:20 What does the future hold?

New Government agenda and the challenges we know and follow up from May Conference

Graham Hasting-Evans, BACH President
10:20-10:40 Industry’s Requirements

Construction employment forecasts

Emma Link, CITB
10:40-11:00 CITB’s Plan

CITB’s plans to support the industry and make Levy grants available

Tim Balcon, CEO CITB

Jackie Ducker, Adrian Beckingham, Mark Crosby

11:10-11:30 Break  
11:30-12:30 Workshop: Collaborating with the CITB  

Working groups of members

Facilitation by an NEC member

2:30-1:00 Feedback and discussion David Wilkins, Bedford College Group
00-1:30 Lunch  


What’s happening with greening and apprenticeships, T Levels and HTQs Jane Pierce, Deputy Director, IfATE
2:00-2:30 Training for the Heat Pump Revolution Phil Hurley, Chair of Heat Pump Association
2:30-3:20 Skills for Retrofit & Workshop Exercise Ele George,

Collaboration Hub Manager

Energiesprong UK

3:20-3:30 Summary and Close David Lord, Burnley College, Vice-Chair



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