CICA president’s industry report

The focus on industry improvements in the area training and competence is now at its greatest level within CICA. The CICA board is unified in supporting purpose driven initiatives in many areas, such as, a nationwide traineeship program, and the development of a standardised verification of competency (VOC) program accessible to all. Read more

The year that was for the crane sector

2016 has been another tough year for our industry, with a reported slowing for total construction investment in 2015-16 of -9.8% versus a forecast of -2.4% given last year.

Of course, this is the figure for total construction however, there were pockets, which continued to show strong growth, namely multi-level apartment construction, which was up 18.6%. The good news is that the 2016-17 forecast is for positive growth at 4.6%, driven mainly by infrastructure-related engineering works with road and rail leading the way. Read more

Consultation commences on LEEA apprenticeships

Following initial discussions with the IFA and having identified a gap in the apprenticeship scheme for the occupation of Lifting Equipment Examiner, LEEA will now be inviting its members to come together to form the necessary ‘trailblazer’ group, which will meet to work out what the sector actually needs from its future workforce.

Interested members must be committed to take on apprentices in their own businesses and willing to contribute to the drafting of an occupation proposal, which will in the future form an apprenticeship standard.  Read more