CITB’s Graham McPhail speaks about the future for CITB and the end of training at the National Construction College.

It will be one of the first opportunities for Construction Heads and senior managers in Construction Training to be able to question a Director of CITB.  Join us at the BACH Development Day  in York 22 Nov 2017.

Also added Ken O’Connell will give an update on OFSTED inspections

See Programme below booking instructions – only 6 places available to 10.30 17 Nov.  If you cannot get a place call Ian

You need to access the new BACH website which is under construction. If it still asks for a user name and password these are both sws. This login is due to be removed. it was added to stop bookings whilst we were testing the system.

On the Navigation Bar click the link ‘Event List’. Enter 1 in the number of places and complete the details of the delegates. If more than 1 person attend please make extra bookings.


We are not taking on-line payments but we will use our new accounting system that your Finance Dept used to pay both your subscription and spring conference booking.

We will send you an invoice which can be paid by BACS or you can pay by card using the link on the invoice. The ‘Pay by Card’ link is secure and run by Worldpay so BACH does not hold or see your card details.

For questions and queries, but not bookings, please call 07539 143184 or email [email protected]

ACH Autumn Development Day CPD Wednesday 22 November 2017

We have booked the conference facility at the National Railway Museum in York for Wednesday 22 November 2017.  It is right next to the station and we should have limited free car parking.

BACH Autumn Development Day


This programme is subject to change

The Future of Construction Training in Further Education

09.30 to 10.30  AGM – Members only

10.30 to 10.35 Welcome Bob Howlett

10.35 to 10.55 T Quals update and proposals for 35 days work experience. Bob Howlett

10.55 to 11.15 Table discussion and feedback on current work placements practices in colleges followed by session to generate views on and ideas to meet Work Experience in T Quals

11.15 to 11.30 Tea and Coffee

11.30 to 11.50 Curriculum Developments in Construction Quals including Building Services update. Paul Brown and Rob Mallender City and Guilds

11.50 to 12.10 Trailblazer update

12:00 to 12:20 Table Discussion on standards and delivery of the new specifications including feedback

12.20 to 13.15 Lunch and networking

13.20 to 13.50 The future of training  including a short update on CITB  Graham McPhail from CITB and NOCN

13.50 to 14 10 Q and A on CITB

14.10 to 14.20 Tea and Coffee

14.20 to 14.40 Higher App development Brian Duffy Leeds College of Building

14.40 to 14.55 NOCN update Chris Carter-Rowlands

14.55 to 15.05 Ascentis update Helen Butler

15.05 to 15.15 City and Guild update Paul Brown

15.15 to 15.25 Think Build. Anthony Bruton Think Build Project Manager


(British Association of Construction Heads)

BACH focuses on enabling and empowering the Construction Heads within Further and Higher Education to achieve the very best outcomes for their students and colleges.  In its  30 years years BACH has gone from strength to strength and now has an enviable tradition of delivering excellent CPD and networking opportunities with conference content driven by your peers.

 BACH is run for and by its members as a Not for Profit association.

  • Termly meetings in your area with your peers from construction colleges
  • Autumn Development Day with CPD
  • Spring Conference cover Hot Topics that concern Construction Heads
  • Representation and cooperation with associated bodies
  • Excellent links to Ofsted and assistance for Ofsted ‘readiness’
  • Portfolio of best practice case studies

BACH members now manage over 90% of the Learners studying the construction curriculum and includes membership of 80% of the Colleges offering the Construction curriculum in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Colleges and appropriate organisations who are passionate about quality and standards in construction education and training.  Click HERE for details about membership.

BACH conference sharing of ideas

BACH conference sharing of ideas


Wednesday 16 November 2016  Autumn Professional Development Day

Top industry speakers providing relevant information and discussion for FE Construction Heads.

Sunday 12 to Tuesday 14 March 2017 Spring Conference, Norwich

This 2 day event will have highly relevant speakers, topical workshops and dinners.  All providing lots of networking opportunities with members, guests and exhibitors.

For more information or to register an interest please email [email protected]

Sponsorship opportunities available