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ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award 2019 now open for entries

Entries are now open for this year’s ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award, which aims to showcase the very best talent across ECA’s member businesses.

Now in its 43rd year, the award is widely recognised as the premier training award in the electrotechnical and engineering services industry. The three finalists will not only have good technical skills but will also be role models for others in the industry.

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National Apprenticeship Week 2019: Attending an apprenticeship workshop

Guest blog by UCEM's Events and Communications Manager, Hannah Peck

On Tuesday (5 March) I spent the day in London at one of our Surveying Technician Apprenticeship workshops. In my job as Events and Communications Manager I don’t often get to speak to apprentices face-to-face so it was lovely to be able to spend the day with some of them, particularly during National Apprenticeship Week.

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Students ‘step’ onto major construction sites in Leicestershire

Twenty ambitious construction and trade students from in and around Leicestershire have been welcomed onsite at five high-profile building projects.

Stepnell is delivering several multi-million-pound projects across the county within the commercial, conservation, education and health sectors and has been offering hands-on work experience to college students.

Working in partnership with Leicester Employment Hub and Leicester College, budding, bricklayers, electricians, plumbers and painters have taken part in up to 60 days of work in the last three months.

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Demolition to kick-start new housing estate

The former warehouse facilities of Ridgeons building merchants on Cromwell Road, Cambridge will shortly be demolished, making way for a large new housing neighbourhood, as Cambridge City Council looks to increase council homes in the region.

Local construction firm Mick George Ltd will imminently complete the demolition works on behalf of Hill Partnerships Ltd. 

It is understood that Mick George Ltd have made considered efforts within the scope of the works to recycle much of the demolition materials for re-use, minimising traffic congestion within the area.

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Help with buying a rainwater system - and finding a local installer

Rainclear Systems, the specialist metal rainwater system stockist and online retailer, can help with selecting, costing and buying your rainwater system. They offer a free ‘Take-off’ from architect’s drawings to ensure you have a list of all the components you need, and using a rainwater flowrate calculator, they will work out what size guttering & downpipes will be required on your project in your particular geographic location. 

Then they can let you know the cost of buying all the components from them. 

If you need a special colour or a bespoke item fabricated for your project, they can help with that. 

Read more: Help with buying a rainwater system - and finding a local installer

FIS extends helping hand to Paragon Interiors Group staff facing redundancy

FIS, representative body for the £10 billion finishes and interiors sector in the UK, has extended its hand to help the 75 staff being made redundant at Paragon Interiors Group.

Iain McIlwee, FIS CEO said “Paragon Interiors Group is a time served Gold award winning member of FIS and it’s tragic to learn the deal with Red 7 Property has collapsed. We care deeply about our membership base and recognise that staff are the most valuable asset of any organisation. We have worked with our colleagues at Paragon Interiors Group for a long time and for this reason we would like to help them secure employment in other organisations through our contacts and networks”

Read more: FIS extends helping hand to Paragon Interiors Group staff facing redundancy

Mick George Ltd splash out on stabilisation kit

Having announced the appointment of two new Senior Stabilisation Managers at the back end of 2018, Mick George Ltd has further signalled its intent to grow their Stabilisation division with the six-figure acquisition of an impressive Wirtgen 250i ‘S Pack’.

Having landed many high-profile contracts for its Stabilisation service in recent times, the Wirtgen 250i has been thrust straight in to action at the National Trusts Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire as part of a ‘Welcome Project’ that Mick George Ltd are completing various enabling works at.

Read more: Mick George Ltd splash out on stabilisation kit

Cygnus offers maximum protection to Battersea Power Station

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has confirmed the largest installation of its Cygnus Wireless Alarm System to date. 

Over 460 alarm units have been installed at London’s major landmark, Battersea Power Station, protecting 3,000 workers on site. This is the highest number of units to be installed on one project since the inception of the Cygnus alarm system.

Read more: Cygnus offers maximum protection to Battersea Power Station

Tudor Roof Tiles scoops a win in the Pitched Roofing Awards

Tudor Roof Tiles Co Ltd, Britain's foremost independent handmade clay roof tile manufacturer, has scooped a win in the first ever national Pitched Roofing Awards.

King’s College Music School, Wimbledon, was proclaimed outright winner in the best ‘Commercial Property Application using Roof Tiles’ category using Tudor Roof Tiles working with Avonside Roofing Group.

Read more: Tudor Roof Tiles scoops a win in the Pitched Roofing Awards

Training success at the 2019 IAPA Awards for Nationwide Platforms

Announced at the IAPA Award ceremony, which was held on 6th March in Dubai, the IPAF Members only award was presented to Nationwide Platforms Training Manager, Charlie Ellis. Charlie was honoured with the IPAF Training Instructor of the Year for his dedication in providing quality training on some of the largest construction projects in 2018; most notably the high-risk Highways England M5 re-development at Oldbury Viaduct where he acted as Lead Senior Instructor.  

Having dedicated the last 14 years to providing working at height training at Nationwide Platforms, Charlie has consistently demonstrated outstanding commitment to the IPAF training programme, providing in-depth support and guidance, whilst always striving to maintain the quality and integrity of IPAF courses. 

Read more: Training success at the 2019 IAPA Awards for Nationwide Platforms

Call for businesses to include health and wellbeing in apprentice training

Corporate health and wellbeing provider Let's Get Healthy is calling on construction businesses to include health and wellbeing when preparing apprentices for work this National Apprenticeships Week.

Maria Bourke, MD of Let's Get Healthy, said: "I believe the apprenticeship levy is a huge opportunity to build the workforce of the future to be resilient to the pressures of the modern world, allowing them to understand and take control of their health and wellbeing to make them strong leaders and great managers."

Read more: Call for businesses to include health and wellbeing in apprentice training