Friday, March 24, 2017

Competent Contractor Event - Friday, 31st March

A Competent Contractor Event will be held on Friday, 31st March at the John Charles Centre for Sport (formerly South Leeds Stadium), The Parkside Suite, Middleton Grove, Leeds LS11 5DJ.

This FREE session will include information and advice about usual criteria clients need re-assurance of, i.e. Risk Assessments, Method Statements, the Competency, Experience and Training of Your Staff.

The session covers the proportional approach to Health & Safety and expected co-operation with others on a project that ensures the client's reputation and helps you gain a competitive edge! Learn How to Improve Your Business!

This FREE session will provide you with information on:
  • Safety Schemes in Procurement (CHaS/ Safecontractor etc)
  • Principal Contractors PQQ: Pre-qualification Questionaires – how to get approved!
  • SSOW: Risk Assessments, Method Statements; Competency and Best Practices
  • Training Requirements and minimum standards
  • Using external Consultants – the Do’s & Don’t’s

To book a FREE place/s go to:

If you have any questions please email to: by Wednesday 29th March 2017.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dates Agreed for West Midlands NDTG Demolition Manager Black Card Course

Dates have now been agreed for a NDTG Demolition Manager Black Card Course in the West Midlands. It starts on Thursday, 27 April then 04/05, 11/05, 18/05 and 25/05.

Please email to reserve a place at the standard NDTG rates.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Only 6 months to go until the Demolition Degree launches!

It's received quite a bit of coverage and already has more than 20 people signed up to study, but we're getting ever closer to the launch of the UK's first ever degree in demolition. There's only 6 months now until it the first running of the degree gets under way, and C&D's very own Matt Birch will be a student.

If you'd like to learn more about the course, head on over to the University of Wolverhampton website.

Friday, February 10, 2017

CSCS Moving All Industry Accreditation (IA) to a Recognised Qualification.

Essential Site Skills emailed us details of a move to a recognised qualification, which we have shared below for your convenience:

CSCS has announced it is developing plans to move all Industry Accreditation (IA) also known as Grandfathers rights cardholders to a recognised qualification.

What does this mean for current card holders?
In the meantime existing IA card holders can continue to renew their cards in accordance with the scheme rules. These cards will include Blue Skilled worker, Gold Supervisory, and Black Managers cards that state on the back of the card gained through Industry accreditation.

The withdrawal of Industry Accreditation will be the final step towards achieving the Construction Leaderships Councils requirement of ensuring nationally recognised qualifications are in place for all occupations.

What can you do now to get ahead of the scheme?
If you are a CITB registered Employer - take advantage of the CITB Flexible Skills & Training Fund to gain the relevant qualification whilst funds are available to cover the cost before the option to renew is removed and the requirement to complete the appropriate qualification is mandatory.

Applications for CITB Flexible Skills and Training Fund opened on the 7th February 2017 and will remain open until the 20th November 2017.

Who can apply?
CITB registered construction employers with fewer than 100 direct employees.

How to apply?
Essential Site Skills (ESS) can offer advice and support with the application and any training requirements involved. Call 0115 8970 529 or email

Eligible applicants can submit an application at any time from 7 February 2017 to 20 November 2017, and accumulated applications will be scored at six points in the window:
  • Window opens - 7 February 2017
  • Review date 1 - 6 March 2017
  • Review date 2 - 24 April 2017
  • Review date 3 - 29 May 2017
  • Review date 4 - 17 July 2017
  • Review date 5 - 2 October 2017
  • Review date 6 - 20 November 2017
  • Window closes - 20 November 2017
At each scheduled point, all applications which have accumulated since the last point will be evaluated and those applicants will be notified of decisions.

How much can I apply for?
  • Up to 10k – less than 100 direct employees
  • Up to 7.5k – less than 75 direct employees
  • Up to 5k – less than 50 employees
What training activities can I apply for?
Skills and training activities that are vital for the construction industry, which identify you are reducing a skills gap, reducing skills shortages, and improving access to the right training. For example, in the last round of funding we have had successful applications for CPCS training/testing, First Aid and Construction NVQs.

Only one bid allowed per CITB registered employer each per 12 month period. The CITB Grants Scheme rules aligns grant eligibility to those employees that appear on a Levy Return covering the period in which training is provided; therefore, funding bids for training where CITB grant is currently available will not be allowed/approved in respect of any individuals included in the bid who are specifically excluded from eligibility under the Grants Scheme rules, for example, but not restricted to, training provided to gross paid CIS subcontractors.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Supervisor course now fully booked!

Spaces on the 5 week CCDO Demolition Supervisor course starting on Thursday, 16th March are now full, but we are putting together a new list of dates for the course for later in the Summer so watch this space!

The dates were as follows:
  • Thursday 16 March - FULL
  • Thursday 23 March - FULL
  • Thursday 30 March - FULL
  • Thursday 06 April - FULL
  • Thursday 13 April - FULL

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Working at Height training documents

Here at C&D we have recently created two new documents used during our Working at Height training courses. We have decided to share both documents with everyone as a way of both better promoting safety as well as making everyone aware how much detail is involved in learning to be safe in just this one area.

Below are links to both the main document and associated flowchart for your convenience:

Working at Height flowchart

Working at Height document

If you would like to discuss Working at Height training further, please get in touch with Stuart at

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Booking now open for Spring CPD: Asbestos and Lead

The Association for Project Safety (APS) has opened bookings for its Spring CPD: Asbestos and Lead.

As the APS website explains:

This series is made up of two half day seminars over one day: The duty to manage asbestos in the morning, and Construction lead (paint & dust) hazards training in the afternoon. Both are from the CDM Duty Holder's perspective.

This ​CPD ​series ​will ​cover ​two ​topics ​over ​one ​day: ​
  • Morning ​Session: ​The ​duty ​to ​manage ​asbestos. Speaker - Michael Doherty, Bell Safety (Support Services)
  • Afternoon ​Session: ​Construction lead (paint & dust) hazards training . Speaker - Tristan Olivier, Lead Paint Safety Association
Detailed information about the speakers is available to view, and if you would like to attend then please email Laura at

Prices range from free to £230 depending on which sessions you would like to attend and your APS membership status. Dates and locations are available from February 1st through to May 4th. Please check the APS website for further details.