"The largest gathering of employers, employees, students, universities, training providers and more, gather to discuss the latest opportunities across the capital"

25th October


10.00am GDPR: are you going to be ready for May 2018?

  • Why the data protection laws need updating
  • Why this has an impact on every business
  • Burden vs Benefit
  • It is mainly about processes, not IT
  • No need to panic....what you need to do


Ian Grey, Information and Cyber Security Consultant, WADIFF Consulting Ltd

11.00am Code of Practice for Project Management for Construction & Development (8 stages of Project Management from Concept to Completion)


Annie Summun, General Manager, Kisiel Group

12.00pm Which contracts should you bid for?

  • Identifying potential sources of suitable contracts
  • Making sure the contract opportunity is a good fit for your business
  • Preparing your business for the bid
  • Resourcing and managing the bid
  • Understanding what the client actually wants
  • Writing answers that answer the questions and score well
  • Performing well during face to face communications with the client


Hugh Graham, Founder, The Bid Coach Ltd

1.00pm Social Media in Construction

  • The value of social media for business
  • Setting goals and achieving success
  • Can you go viral with B2B?
  • Construction firms doing social media right
  • Best practice and advice


Keon Dadgostar, Head of Digital, Ridgemount PR

Sam Hiner, Account Manager, Ridgemount PR

2.00pm Positive Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace

  • Positive Mental Wellbeing
  • Challenging the negative stereotype
  • Mindfulness Matters. Supporting our wellbeing
  • Creating the culture change now
  • Take away tools


Andy Dean, Managing Director, BS2B

3.00pm Marketing Tools - Developing a Winning Marketing Campaign

4.00pm Close

26th October

CPD Conference & Training Workshops


Martyn Price MBE, Chairman, Cross Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force

Christopher Selby, Head of Marketing, Communications & External Affairs, Cross Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force

10.00am An Update from the CITB


Nick James, Senior Partnerships Manager, CITB  

10.30am Skills & Apprenticeship Development

  • Increasing engagement
  • Apprenticeship landscape
  • Pathway to construction
  • Supply chain
  • Engagement support for SME's


Martyn Price MBE, Chairman, Cross Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force

11.00am Panel Discussion: Skills Development in UK Construction 

  • Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Steps to bridge the skills gab


Phil Wade, Operations Director, First Base

Michelle Dawson, Director of Social Impact and Head of Foundation, Lendlease

11.45am Increasing Employability

  • Employability Skills
  • Skillsets desired by employers
  • Skillsets provided to students
  • Methodology
  • Contextualisation - case studies


Christine Gausden, Programme Lead, University of Greenwich

12.15pm Barking Dagenham College Innovation and Partnerships for the Future

  • What are the job opportunities available in the industry?
  • Training and development


Perry Paraskeva, Senior Business Consultant, Barking and Dagenham College

12.40pm The Wider Benefits of Sustainability for Construction

  • What does our industry mean by sustainability
  • How is it helping with the delivery of major infrastructure projects
  • Attracting new talent to our sector, especially those from underrepresented groups
  • Addressing skills shortages through apprenticeships and graduate training


Calvin Howe, Workplace Manager, Volker Fitzpatrick 

1.00pm Workshop: Get Good at School Careers Outreach

  • CITB research indicates that only 10% of construction employers engage with schools for careers-related activity (Young Apprentice Scheme review). So despite the significance of the skills shortage, over 200,000 employers aren't helping to promote construction careers
  • If it's apprehension or nerves holding you back from promoting construction careers, this new CPD Outreach course could be just the answer!
  • In response to the need for increased quantity and quality in schools outreach, Built Environment Skills in Schools and University of Wolverhampton have created an online Outreach course for construction employers
  • In this taster module, you'll learn more about telling compelling stories to inspire your audience and make sure your message is relevant to everyone
  • We'll also look at a foolproof route for approaching and supporting local schools, so you can put your new talents to good use
  • At the end of this session you'll understand more about pupil's career decision process, and you'll be able to create and present emotionally engaging content


Kathryn Lennon Johnson, Founder, Built Environment Skills in Schools

2.00pm Inspiring the Future Generation to Combat the Skills Gap

  • How to tap into and attract the next generation of construction workers
  • The importance of apprenticeships: getting more young people on construction sites and more pan-industry support
  • Inspiring and engaging with young people, using different language, through personal contact and social media
  • The skills gap- what can we do now to prepare for post Brexit?


Anne Timpany, Entrepreneur and Company Director, On Tap Plumbers

2.30pm Round Up Q&A

3.00pm Close



The UK's Construction Industry is currently facing one of the biggest challenges that it has ever encountered, with the lack of skilled workers reaching unprecedented levels. It cannot simply be blamed upon the loss of a number of workers as a result of the 2007 financial crisis, or upon other external factors such as Brexit. Fundamentally the industry requires a significant rethink on how it can become an attractive option for younger generations looking to get into the world of work.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has been given a fresh vote of confidence to help provide skills to the industry, with the CITB Levy continuing to exist alongside the apprenticeship levy. Government is certainly making moves to bring skills into the industry and ensure that one of the most important drivers of economic growth is not hindered by a shortage of skilled labour.

The London Build Skills Hub is putting this issue at the heart of the programme, to deliver a progressive agenda to encourage construction companies in London to push forward with innovative initiatives to bring new faces into the industry with top level construction training.

Here you’ll be able to meet with a range of universities, colleges, recruiters, construction contractors, students and associations, all of whom are looking for solutions to ensure that the construction industry continues to attract future generations, and keep delivering economic growth to the country.