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The 2014 Young Builder of the Year Awards

Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, President of Youthbuild UK, has launched the 2014 Young Builder of the Year Awards, inviting entries from young builders across the UK.

"I'm delighted to launch the 15th Young Builder of the Year Awards to celebrate the achievements of young people, who have successfully overcome barriers to train or gain employment in the construction industry,” he said.

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Strengthening foundations for the housing industry

Staff at one of the country's biggest housing developers have become the industry's first ever students to enrol onto a bespoke foundation degree programme at Sheffield Hallam University.

Barratt Developments have provided funding for 100 employees to study for a foundation degree in residential development and construction. The tailor-made programme, designed in partnership with the Barratt Group, will equip staff with the skills and expertise to help strengthen the firm in the future.

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Avoid asbestos dangers and prosecution urges NAPIT

As we approach World Day for Health and Safety at Work on 28 April, asbestos health and safety failings are still commonplace, with a number of court cases arising in March. In response to this, NAPIT are urging installers to make sure they are aware when it comes to the hidden killer.

Three cases stood out and were recorded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE): On 19 March, a Bath building contractor was fined a total of £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £637 after exposing two of its employees to asbestos dust while working at a residential property in the city. On 31 March, a Portsmouth demolition firm was fined a total of £500 with £1,000 in costs after stripping more than 50 metres of potentially-deadly asbestos board without a license and potentially putting workers at risk.

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University of Bath launches HEFCE funded MSc in Modern Building Design

The University of Bath has developed an innovative MSc in Modern Building design as part of the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme, a £25 million publicly funded programme.

The Faculty of Engineering & Design has worked with employers in engineering and architecture to develop and deliver this unique 15-month programme, which will welcome its first students in September 2014. 

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As asbestos compensation figure improves, will training follow suit?

This week the government announced that the compensation awarded for people who are suffering from mesothelioma and lung cancer, as the result of asbestos exposure, will rise to an average of £123,000.

With the issue very much in the news, Eddie Strong (pictured), Chairman of UKATA (The UK Asbestos Training Association) has issued a reminder to those operating in the construction industry of the dangers of asbestos and how proper training might prevent them from suffering from these fatal diseases in the future. 

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