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Queen’s graduate collaborates with The McAvoy Group on offsite housing solution

Queen’s University Belfast Civil Engineering graduate Hung Phung Quang is already making an impact on local industry as he joined a team at The McAvoy Group to collaborate on the structural design of a new offsite housing solution.

The first application is the first affordable housing scheme to be built offsite in Northern Ireland.

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Construction to get more efficient with new pre-qualification system

Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) have announced the launch of the first phase of a new pre-qualification (PQ) system designed to reduce inefficiencies that are costing the construction industry up to £1 billion a year.

The existing PQ system is complex and repetitive and a major barrier to improved productivity. The multitude of schemes currently in operation sees around 180,000 specialist contractors producing over two million pieces of paper every year for 5,000 contractors.

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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.

Read more: Students ‘step’ onto major construction sites in Leicestershire