FREE places are still available at Hertfordshire’s first Education Matters in Construction Conference on Thursday 26 May at the BRE Innovation Park, Watford. This half-day conference is aimed at senior managers and those involved with learning and development in the construction industry.

How to close the construction skills gap is a top of mind for all those involved in recruitment and staff retention in the industry. The CIBT has stated recently that “with growth returning across the country and over 230,000 jobs expected to be created over the next five years, demand for construction workers is high and skills shortages are emerging. It has never been more important to attract, train and retain the next generation of workers”.

Topics covered at the conference include:

·         Why education is critical in the construction industry

·         The latest schemes for employers and employees

·         How to benefit from generous government funding

Speakers include:

·         Dr Peter Bonfield, Chief Executive, BRE

·         Steve Radley, Director CITB

·         Tony Ellender, Head of Talent, Balfour Beatty

·         Stephen Fox, HE Director, UCSA

At this conference delegates will discover how education is becoming essential to fill the skills gap in construction, how to make the most of the new apprenticeship landscape and learn about the new and ground breaking Construction Management Degree offered by the University of Hertfordshire.

This conference is being run in conjunction with BRE, Contructing Excellence, UCSA (University Campus St Albans), Oaklands College and the University of Hertfordshire. To book your free place online now visit

The Hertfordshire Chamber’s Property & Construction Forum partners Constructing Excellence can answer any questions about the event, for more information contact Adrian Dixon 07711 718532 or email