Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Inspiring the Future has made a million connections between young people and employee volunteers

Inspiring the Future, the government scheme setup to get industry leaders volunteering and visiting schools, is something John has been a part of since the very start. We've written about it a few times on our sister site Demolish and Dismantle. It even led to Matt Birch getting a job with us as a trainee engineer because he heard John speak at his school and then wrote for work experience.

Now the scheme is four years old, and they've sent John an update you can read below:

Dear John

Inspiring the Future was launched in July 2012, and today we are publishing a four year review. We wanted to take this opportunity to write and thank you for helping to make a difference to the aspirations and life opportunities of the next generation of young people in the U.K.

Over 5,500 state schools, including 85% of secondary schools and colleges, have signed up and over 10,000 teachers have collectively sent 135,000 invitations to volunteers. As a result, over a million new connections have been made between young people and employee volunteers.

You can read the story of Inspiring the Future in our special 4 year review published today: Inspiring the Future 2012 - 16 (PDF)

There are now over 30,000 volunteers signed up to Inspiring the Future and its Inspiring Women and Primary Futures Campaigns. We are constantly striving to improve and make our service even better, and recently launched the new 'mapping' option on volunteer profiles, allowing you to volunteer within a 40 minute radius of your chosen address. We will be making further upgrades over the summer. We value your feedback, so please do get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions about any aspect of the Inspiring the Future experience.

If you don't already, then please follow us on twitter - @Edu_Employers. As always we have just one simple ask - that you forward this email to one friend or colleague and encourage them to also sign up to Inspiring the Future. Together we can really make a difference.

Best wishes

The Inspiring the Future Team

This is fantastic news, and long may it continue!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Face mask failures on the rise

The Building Safety Group (BSG)has found there to be a 58% rise in breaches in usage of personal protective equipment (PPE). That's based on a review of 10,000 independent inspections of construction sites.

The main reason for this increase is face fit dust mask failings. Dust fume infringements were up 13% and COSHH violations were up 43%. As regular exposure to construction dust can cause lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and silicosis, the face mask failures are of great concern.

BSG managing director Paul Kimpton commented:

"Everyone involved in construction has a responsibility in managing risks to health, and all parties must take ownership of their part of the process. Construction dust is not just a nuisance. It can seriously damage your health and cause life changing lung diseases."

For more information regarding the use of face masks, please get in touch.

Source: The Construction Index

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The timetable for completing a 2016 CITB LEVY return

The NFDC has posted information relating to the timetable for completing the 2016 CITB Levy Return, a process which has been delayed due to system changes at CITB.

Here's the post in full:

Filling-in your levy return
Employers will be able to fill in a postal levy return as normal, or have the option to complete their return online:

• Postal levy return - Employers will receive their levy return forms in mid-August 2016
• Online levy return - Online users will be able to submit their levy return from the beginning of September 2016. Employers will be notified once the service is available.

The deadline for completing postal and online returns is 31 December 2016. Due to the levy return process being delayed, employers who submit their levy return by the 31 December deadline will still qualify for Supplementary Payment.

Levy assessment
Employers will receive their 2016 Levy Assessment paperwork in March 2017 as normal. All employers should have already received their 2015 Levy Assessment. If not, please contact CITB on 0344 994 4455.

Claiming CITB Grants
The 2016/17 Grants Scheme Year will begin on 1 August 2016 and eligible claims can be submitted from this date. The rules on claiming grant will be:

• Grant claims submitted between 1 August 2016 – 31 December 2016 will be paid regardless of whether the employer has completed their 2016 levy return
• Grant claims submitted between 1 January 2017 - 31 July 2017 will only be paid to employers who submit their 2016 levy return by the deadline of 31 December 2016.

This is particularly important for employers paying both the CITB Levy and the Apprenticeship Levy and who will be eligible for support under a one year transitional package covering the first year of the Apprenticeship Levy’s operation. The Apprenticeship Levy will begin in April 2017, and eligible employers will receive support under the transition package through an Enhanced Training Grant. As a result, employers who do not submit their 2016 levy return on time will not receive support under the transition package for the period 1 April 2017 – 31 July 2017.

The rates for the 2016/2017 Grants Scheme will remain unchanged from the previous year.

More information on completing your levy return is available on the CITB website.

Monday, August 8, 2016

C&D announce the opening of a brand new training facility at our new Wombourne office

C&D are pleased to announce that our new training facility above the newly opened Wombourne office is now ready for courses!

For the last few years C&D have arranged training courses throughout the Midlands as and when required by our clients but now is the time to have a base for courses hence our investment in a new training room at Wombourne.

The new facility allows training to be delivered seven days a week if required and will also be available to training partners who want a good environment for their courses at a reasonable cost.

Full details of our new training programme will be on the website shortly.

Friday, August 5, 2016

NDTG announce changes in attendee numbers for CAT B training courses

As part of their continual review of training course delivery in the demolition industry the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) have announced a change to the attendee numbers for all CAT B training courses (full & refresher) from August 2016.

All courses booked with C&D from the 8th August will be for a MAXIMUM of 10 persons with the ideal NDTG course size of 8 persons.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Erith is leading the way in demolition apprenticeships

Erith Contractors Ltd. has teamed up with Passion Project, a charity established in 2013 to help address youth unemployment. The aim of this partnership is to set a new standard in demolition apprenticeships, and Erith has just seen the first wave of apprentices go through initial training and job placement.

All 9 apprentices work on Erith sites across London and the South East, where they continue to train and earn new skills. The end result hopefully being a full-time career in the demolition industry.

You can read the full story of Erith's collaboration with the Passion Project over on the IDE's website.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

CCDO Smart Card webinar videos now available to watch

If you missed the CCDO Smart Card Webinar earlier today, don't worry, videos of the event are now available to watch right here.

In part one, NFDC CEO Howard Button introducing changes to the scheme:

Then in part two, there's a full Q&A session covered about the scheme: