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£8 million of extra HS2 funding to benefit local communities and woodlands between Birmingham and Crewe

More than £8 million of government funding will create new woodlands and deliver safer roads on the route of Britain’s new railway, HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani announced today (25 June 2018). Speaking at the launch of HS2’s ‘Green Corridor’ in Kenilworth, the minister backed HS2’s ambitious plan for connected wildlife habitats and native woodlands the length of the route,…

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£22m construction skills fund to help narrow industry’s skills shortage

The government has attempted to address the construction industry skills shortage with a £22m cash injection which will bring training to construction sites and therefore allowing learners to apply their knowledge in a real-world environment. The multi-million-pound Construction Skills Fund has been announced by skills minister Anne Milton with 158,000 new construction jobs expected to…

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New report calls for more public-private collaboration to deliver industrial strategy

The government needs to encourage greater collaboration between the public and private sectors if it is to deliver on its industrial strategy, reveals the latest Perspectives on Infrastructure: Delivering the industrial Strategy report from law firm Burges Salmon and Infrastructure Intelligence. The report, the third in a series of infrastructure-related reports by Burges Salmon, presents the challenges…

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£1.25m funding available for immersive learning projects in construction

Could you develop a pilot which would enable learners in the construction industry to become immersed in an interactive learning environment? The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has opened a second call for funding applications to help solve skills challenges. Immersive learning is the use of digital technologies such as virtual and augmented reality in…

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Michael Gove unveils government’s new Clean Air Strategy

Environment secretary Michael Gove publishes the government’s Clean Air Strategy today, which aims to cut air pollution and save lives, backed up through new primary legislation. Air pollution is the fourth biggest threat to public health after cancer, obesity and heart disease and the government claims that the new strategy sets out how the UK…

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Network Rail announce successor to chief executive Mark Carne

The state-owned operator of Britain’s rail network has announced Andrew Haines is to become its new chief executive, following Mark Carne’s decision to retire earlier this year. Haines will be joining Network Rail after leaving his role as chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority and comes into the position with a wealth of experience…

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Robotics and AI for safer work: apply for residental and funding

Individuals from a business can attend a 5-day innovation lab to collaborate on ideas and get a share of £15 million via the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £15 million for businesses and researchers to collaborate on robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) systems that support safer work…

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