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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. 

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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”

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