Friday, December 8, 2017

How to handle alcohol issues in the workplace

David Rowland, Marketing Manager at Effective Software, got in touch with us regarding alcohol and the problems it can cause in the workplace. As David explained to us, "Alcohol is reported to be a possible factor in 25% of workplace accidents and costs £7.3 billion a year in lost productivity."

With that in mind, Effective Software compiled their top 6 tips on tackling the effects of alcohol on staff and workplaces. You can read the tips over on the company's website, with the article entitled "Cheers! - How to handle alcohol issues in the workplace."

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fully Funded Construction / Plant NVQs in the Black Country

Essential Site Skill is currently advertising the availability of fully-funded access to Construction and Plant NVQs in the Black Country. More specifically, in East Riding of Yorkshire, Greater Lincolnshire, and Tees Valley in conjunction with Calderdale College.

There are also free NVQs to upgrade to a blue CSCS or CPCS card.

As Essential Site Skills explains in an email, "We can now provide Construction SMEs based in the above locations with less than 250 employees free construction NVQs through our Skills Support for the Workforce programme, funded by the European Social Fund. Participants must be legally resident in the UK or able to take employment in a European Union Member State."

If you would like further information, please call 0115 8970 529 or email

Friday, October 27, 2017

Did you spot the pink kitten?

Please put your phone down when behind the wheel.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Institution of Structural Engineers Technical Courses

The Institution of Structural Engineers has put up a page listing their technical courses including dates, speakers, and place availability between now and the end of 2018.

The types of course are extremely varied and some of the more popular ones, such as Vibration Serviceability of Engineering Structures and Conceptual Design for Structural Engineers: An Introductory Course, both of which are being run next month, are already fully booked.

Take a look at all the courses and click on any of the course names for further details. If you have any queries or want to discuss booking places, please email Peter Walsh, the professional development manager at the institution.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Face Fit Testing new training dates announced!

Essential Site Skills has announced some new dates for their Face Fit Testing courses, the details of which are below:

The open course dates are as follows:

Face Fit Train the Tester
  • 27 October 2017 - Nottingham - £250+VAT pp
  • 6 November 2017 - Brent Cross - £250+VAT pp
  • 24 November 2017 - Nottingham - £250+VAT pp

Face Fit Testing - on-site course
  • 1 x half day for 1 to 12 people £350+VAT
  • Prices shown are for mainland UK
  • Book another 10 face fit tests (second course) to run on the same day and pay only £135+VAT for the second half day.

Face Fit Train the Tester - on-site course
  • 1 x half day course for up to 6 people £425+VAT
  • Fit Testing Kit - The cost of the Fit Testing Kit is an additional £150+VAT, and the tester can bring this with him on the day.

Call 0115 8970 529 or email if this is of interest or for further information

Monday, October 16, 2017

Save the Date!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Demolition Specialist Applied-Skills Programme (SAP)

The Demolition Specialist Applied-Skills Programme (SAP) is funded by CITB to assist in qualifying the workforce where a formal apprenticeship in not yet available. The delegate will pick up new skills and nationally-recognised qualifications whilst on the programme. Training is carried out by NDTG accredited providers at approved NDTG SAP training centres. Although to complete the programme the majority of the delegate's experience is gained by time spent in the workplace.

Entry Criteria:
You can join the SAP if you have been employed for at least 3 months. Your company must be registered with the CITB, grants are available to support the costs of the course.

2 years

£7,200 +VAT (up to £7,650 in CITB grant aid available)

What Will You receive During/After Completion:
  • Apprentice CCDO Smart Card on entry to programme
  • Demolition Refurbishment Operative CCDO smart card on successful completion
  • CPCS Skidsteer testing (NVQ an optional extra)

To apply, call the NDTG on 01442 217144 or visit the NDTG training website.