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21 April 2016 | Training
A Judicial Review of the construction industry training levy has concluded that CITB is entitled to charge it.The Judicial Review was instigated by payroll company Hudsons Contract Services Ltd...

Deputy Principal Derek Whitehead from the project’s lead partner, Leeds College of Building, says: “Step Up Into Construction will not only attract more people into the industry, but it will help businesses fill vacancies and make them more productive."

11 April 2016 | Training
A collaborative partnership that aims to address feared skills shortages in the construction industry has been granted £500,000 funding from the England European Structural &...

The meeting of the Stone Industry Training Group at the Building Crafts College in March.

31 March 2016 | Training
The Natural Stone Industry Training Group (NSITG) met this month (22 March) at the Building Crafts College in London to discuss the Government's proposals for what it calls Trailblazer...

Discussing training in the stone industry at a meeting in the Building Crafts College.

28 March 2016 | Training
It has to be said: there was not a lot of evident enthusiasm for the government’s new apprentice programme when a group of those interested in training in the stone industry met to discuss the...
Mark Priestman
21 March 2016 | Training
After attending the latest quarterly meeting of the Natural Stone Industry Training Group (NSITG) in February, Mark Priestman, the NSS training correspondent who is a partner at training provider...
Trailblazer Apprenticeships meeting

The Heritage Craft Alliance is holding a meeting about heritage Trailblazer apprenticeships on 5 April in York.

21 March 2016 | Training
Location: Room K/159, Kings Manor, University of York, York, YO1 7EPDate: 5 April 2016Time: 13:15RSVP: [email protected] Heritage Craft Alliance is holding...
Kay Porter of TTA

Kay Porter, Executive Officer of TTA. The Tile Association has been given the go-ahead for its new Trailblazer apprenticeship. The stone sector is meeting to discuss its apprenticeships this month (22 March).

14 March 2016 | Training
The Tile Association (TTA) is working to develop a new apprenticeship for the wall and floor tiling industry after getting the go-ahead from the Government.On 22 March Stone Federation's training...
Training Levy changes next year

From next year, the Training Levy will be 0.5% of the wages bill for companies with a wages bill of more than £3million.

7 March 2016 | Training
The new financial year in 2017 (starting April 2017) sees the introduction of the government's new Apprenticeships Levy. The new Levy is being introduced at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s...

The Lord Bishop of London, The Rt Revd Richard Chartres.

1 March 2016 | Training
On 12th October 2015 the Lord Bishop of London, The Rt Revd Richard Chartres, spoke in the Second Reading debate on the Government’s Enterprise Bill to highlight the importance of...
25 February 2016 | Training
After attending the latest quarterly meeting of the Natural Stone Industry Training Group (NSITG) in February, Mark Priestman, the NSS training correspondent who is a partner at training provider...

The Natural Stone Industry Training Group is looking for 10 Trailblazers to develop a new kind of apprenticeship.

22 February 2016 | Training
Meeting: Tuesday 22 March, 1pm, Building Crafts College London E15 1AHThe Government introduced a review of apprenticeships which was first published in 2013 entitled The Future of Apprenticeships in...
10 February 2016 | Training
BSRIA supports the CITB announcement that CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards have been revoked after an investigation into fraudulent activity at five test centres showed more than...
Mark Priestman

Mark Priestman is a Partner at Priestman Associates LLP, a leading façade preservation project consultancy. From stonemasonry and heritage skills through to Site Supervision and Conservation Management, the partnership is trusted by the leading brands of the sector as an NVQ provider for experienced, upskiller and apprentice workers.  

Mobile: 07876 687212. [email protected]


5 February 2016 | Training
Following the exposure by the BBC Panorama programme of fraudulent practices in some training establishments leading to the issuing of CSCS cards to operatives who did not have a legitimate right to...
BCC Principal Len Conway and Stone Federation CEO Jane Buxey shake hands, flanked by tutors Nigel Gilkison and Jon Whitbread.
16 November 2015 | Training
StoneTrain, the training division of Stone Federation GB, has a new partnership with Building Crafts College, Stratford, London, for the College to deliver the Specialist Apprentice Programme (SAP)...
Enjoy a stone weekend on the rocky Aran island in Ireland this September.
3 November 2015 | Training
Inish Oirr (or Inisheer, as it is also known) is the smallest of the three Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland (not to be confused with the island of Arran in Scotland). It will be the setting...