Construction Youth Trust's DIY course helps young people build for their community

IN partnership with CLF Construction Careers, Construction Youth Trust ran a fun filled five-day DIY course at The Curve community centre in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and at Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre in Camden.

The aim of the partnership is to introduce local young people not currently in education, employment or training to construction careers through a practical project that benefits their community.

For young people who have little to no experience of the modern construction and built environment industry, it can be easy for them to discount the sector as not for them and miss the many opportunities open to them. By embedding the project within their local community, in a fun and relaxed way on their turf, the partnership aims to gently widen young people’s career horizons and introduce them to local opportunities within the construction and built environment sector.

The first courses in the boroughs welcomed a range of local young people, also working with the Camden Youth Offending Team offering the course as part of their reparation programme, and saw participants collaboratively working together to build new benches and a set of bird houses. The idea was to construct items that would benefit a wide range of local residents. At The Curve community centre the bench is now in place, allowing anyone to enjoy the last of the summer sun, with the bird houses being donated to local primary schools to support nature studies.

Throughout the courses, the participants were encouraged to explore their teamwork skills, taking the time to find out about their fellow course mates and how their skills might complement each other to complete their practical projects. The participants were encouraged to recognise and celebrate their accomplishments across the five days, whether that be arriving on time at the centre or completing a practical project to a high standard. A major aspect of the programme was giving the young people the space to reflect positively upon themselves and their work, acknowledging their individual skill sets. It can be hard for a young person to picture themselves in any kind of career if they don’t think they have the ability to achieve it.

About the partnership, Kharima Dada senior programme manager at Construction Careers said: “As a programme we have a number of aims but the one that is key to all aspects of our work, is that we positively promote the construction industry as a viable and rewarding sector. Through our partnered work with Construction Youth Trust, who have expertise within the sector and engaging young people, we felt confident that we could facilitate sector exposure in an innovative way and raise aspirations of participants on the programme.”

Following the end of the programme the participants were referred across to Construction Careers for employability skills development. Construction Careers is a Central London Forward programme which is funded by eight London boroughs. Following their support from Construction Careers, Construction Youth Trust hopes to welcome the young people onto one of their longer courses helping them gain a CSCS card and supporting them into their desired industry careers.

www.constructionyouthtrust.org.uk

Illumin8 Lights power ahead with Trime’s hybrid lighting towers

SITE lighting specialists, Illumin8 Lights are making preparations to meet the increasing demand for more sustainable methods of lighting construction sites and rail projects.

To help satisfy these requirements Illumin8 has purchased a fleet of X-HYBRID LED lighting towers from Trime UK Limited.

Neil Fenwick, founder and managing director of Illumin8 said, “We are always seeking out the best sustainable and cost-effective solutions for our clients. The Trime X-HYBRID has a number of environmentally slanted features which brings benefits to our clients in terms of carbon emission reductions and lowering of fuel costs.”

“We have one of the newest and largest fleet of lighting towers which is perfectly equipped to supply construction sites, outside events, highway and rail projects. We believe that we are now one of the leading rental lighting suppliers across a broad range of industry,” added Neil.

As the name suggests, the Trime X-HYBRID lighting units are powered through an individually designed hybrid power supply system. This comprises of a series of rechargeable batteries backed-up by a small diesel engine. The combined system provides for extensive fuel savings and a corresponding reduction of CO2 emissions, making them ideally suited for night working and in urban environments.

In hybrid mode the X-HYBRID has an uninterrupted running time of up to 18 hours. The batteries are recharged in around eight to nine hours and diesel consumption can be as little as 0.17 litres per hour.

Illumin8’s hire fleet, which numbers over four hundred sets, consists entirely of Trime manufactured lighting towers.

Illumin8 Limited was founded in 2015; the company provides a bespoke service hiring mobile tower lights to both the event, rail and industrial markets. The Illumin8 management team combine over 40 years’ experience within the lighting industry. The company is based in Essex and a new northern depot is currently under development.

Trime UK is headquartered in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire; their manufacturing plant is based near Milan, Italy.

www.illumin8lights.co.uk

Dormole invests in a new HR & Payroll system and powers ahead with growth plans

DORMOLE, one of the UK and Ireland’s fastest growing SMEs, is laying the foundations for future growth by undertaking a major overhaul of its HR and payroll processes in partnership with industry experts, MHR.

The family-owned Dormole group of companies which includes Toolbank, Forgefix, Faithfull, Olympia, Biz, Tucks O’Brien and Tucks Fasteners & Fixings, has invested in a single integrated HR, payroll and time & attendance system as part of a project to centralise its processes and embrace new digital ways of working to replace outdated systems.

The system will bring together MHR’s leading cloud-based HR and payroll solution iTrent with a time & attendance solution from workforce management specialists HFX, enabling the company to automate many repetitive tasks and simplify the management of its 1100 employees located across multiple sites.

The new system will enable Dormole to gain total transparency of its people and perform all tasks from a single source, which will reduce administration time and drive cost savings.

Seamless integration with HFX Time & Attendance enables employee data to be shared and flow directly between the two systems without the need for manual data entry, accelerating the payroll process and improving its accuracy.

Wendy Milne Bennett, group HR director at Dormole said: “Dormole remains a privately-owned and managed business committed to providing a first class, efficient and friendly service for our customers and suppliers delivered by our team who all work in a rewarding, secure and enjoyable environment.

 “As a result of our success and recent growth we have inherited multiple legacy payroll systems, and it was becoming increasingly clear to support our future growth plans we needed to consolidate all of our HR and payroll needs onto a single system and increase our digital functionality.

“iTrent’s functionality and proven integration with a market leading time and attendance solution will enable us to manage all of our payrolls in-house while automating the entire process which will reduce the number of potential errors associated with data duplication and manual entry.”

Anton Roe, CEO at MHR commented: “We are delighted to support a successful and ambitious family company as it looks to bring its people processes right up to date to support its future growth.

“Consolidating its HR and time & attendance functions using iTrent will provide Dormole companies with the ability to carry out critical tasks much faster while delivering greater control of its people and payroll costs.”

www.dormole.net

Construction dust control focus pays off for Armorgard

WORK platform specialist Armorgard has reported a 'substantial' increase in sales of its ground-breaking CuttingStation SS7X, following the recent HSE blitz on site dust.

Latest sales figures show a widespread uptake of these extraction and air filtration enabled mobile workstations, which are becoming an essential part of measures put in place by construction sites to protect workers’ lungs from the likes of asbestos, silica and wood dust.

Firms across mainland UK were subject to a series of inspections by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in June this year focusing on dust control.

Growth in the dust extraction equipment market is also being influenced by a greater focus on collaboration between contractors and manufacturers to come up with designs and concepts for new solutions to health and safety challenges.

Armorgard say their annual Innovation Workshop, which takes place in London this week, has seen a marked increase in the number of senior safety, site or project-management representatives in attendance.

The firm said its long-held policy of supplying high grade products as solutions that increase health and safety to UK construction had paid-off.

“Our approach of the last few years to focus on end user innovation is showing strong results with positive customer feedback and a robust, sustainable forward order book,” said Armorgard's managing director, Terry Mitchell.

"As the company does with all its high-quality security and safety products, Armorgard sought end-user input on safety imperatives and design improvements. The CuttingStation SS7X design has arguably revolutionised on-site cutting, reducing exposure to noise and dust, and eliminating any requirement to provide a separate cutting area on site.”

www.armorgard.co.uk

Making our homes more energy efficient will boost wellbeing, says FMB

MAKING the UK’s homes more energy efficient will reduce energy bills, tackle the scourge of fuel poverty and help address the climate crisis, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), in response to the speech by the Leader of the Liberal Democrats at its party conference.

Sarah McMonagle from the FMB said: “The UK’s housing stock represents a significant contribution to our net carbon emissions and therefore the Government must invest in making our homes more energy efficient, as pledged by Jo Swinson in her Leader’s speech today. The buildings in this country are some of the oldest and leakiest in the world and therefore a programme of energy efficient upgrades would be a major step forward in cutting carbon emissions overall.

"What’s more, the Lib Dem Leader rightly points out that this would boost jobs in the construction sector, and reduce the burden of energy bills on the very poorest residents. However, given that 60 per cent of builders already can’t hire bricklayers and more than half can’t get their hands on a carpenter, any retrofit campaign must be underpinned by a robust construction skills strategy.” 

www.fmb.org.uk

HAE shortlisted for Business Innovation Award

HIRE Association Europe (HAE) has been shortlisted for an award at the prestigious Business Innovation Awards 2019 for developing V-Hire, the virtual reality training tool for the Hire Industry.

The Business Innovation Awards celebrate the best across the UK construction and building industries. HAE will be up against Cool Blue Brand Communications, Grain Connect, Joule Group, MacRail Systems, Marraum and ProDroneWorx for the Best Use of Emerging Technology award at a gala evening on Wednesday 23 October at the Midland Hotel, Manchester.

V-Hire is an innovative app using virtual reality (VR) technology to improve the safety of staff operating equipment, offering members and their clients a vivid and realistic learning experience that can be accessed from the safety of the office, or even the home.

Developed for smart phones using Samsung Oculus and Google’s Android systems, V-Hire currently has 19 modules covering topics such as Working at Height, LPG and Electrical Safety, the Dangers of Dust as well as numerous equipment tutorials; a variety of saws, compactors, drills, and generators.

Training modules are designed to test the user’s understanding of the workplace and tool safety, make customers safer, and reduce risk of injury and damage to equipment. Future modules include a framework for members to track users’ access and performance.

HAE EHA’s Group Marketing Manager, Ann Harrison, said: “Being shortlisted for this award is great news. Our V-Hire programme is a more inventive way to engage hirers so that they are more likely to recognise the safety issues associated with operating equipment, and have the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge before they even make it onsite.”

www.hae.org.uk

BigChange afoot at GAP

FOLLOWING the announcement last year that GAP Hire Solutions had transformed its business with a BigChange to mobile operations, GAP has now completed the BigChange roll-out across the business.

Over 500 GAP vehicles have been fitted with the system and over 600 staff have been trained on best practice.

Called JobWatch, the cloud-based system incorporates a range of mobile apps with live tracking and job scheduling. It also links in real time to GAP’s back office systems, such as their central hiredesk and financial systems.

The mobile apps include electronic signature capture with proof of delivery (POD) and proof of collection (POC) records being automatically uploaded onto GAP’s Smart Office system. This eliminates the need for customers to call depots as all information is available immediately online.

The system has built-in data messaging and satellite navigation that automatically routes vehicles to their destination. GAP’s customer services team is able to see the exact location of every vehicle in real time to keep customers informed of ETAs and coordinate with the driver to ensure the correct drop-off location.

Frank McGrory, GAP’s Head of IT, explained: “Our company is driven to be forward thinking and innovative, with a focus on providing environmentally friendly and efficient hire solutions to our customers. Key aims of the BigChange project include enhancing customer interactions on-site, driving delivery efficiency with live scheduling and tracking, and significantly improving back-office processing and administration to make life easier for our customers and employees.

“Thanks to this rollout, we envisage that we will see a reduction of 8% in fuel use and a 5% reduction in the overall distance travelled by GAP’s HGV fleet. We also forecast a reduction in paper used from over 3.2 million to around 500,000 sheets. For example, we will be reducing the number of printed copies of despatch notes to a single copy with immediate effect.

“There are several aspects of the system that we are still looking to utilise more and ultimately customers will have the ability to access records of their hires themselves.”

www.gap-group.co.uk

New Chief Executive for Considerate Constructors Scheme

THE Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national organisation established to improve the image of construction - is pleased to announce that Amanda Long will join as Chief Executive from 16 September 2019.

Amanda will succeed Chief Executive Edward Hardy who has held the post since 2009.

With over 20 years’ experience working in senior executive roles for a range of national and international organisations in the commercial, public, social enterprise and charitable sectors, Amanda brings a wealth of expertise to the Scheme. She has pioneered Corporate Social Responsibility frameworks to improve standards; helping organisations and member organisations in areas such as sustainability, workforce welfare and consumer rights.

Her previous roles include CEO of Morison KSi; Director-General of Consumers International; CEO of Corporate Culture; Head of Corporate Responsibility at Anglian Water Services; and International Projects Manager (Sustainability) at Unilever.

Amanda said: “It is a real honour to have the opportunity to lead the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which is a widely respected and successful organisation at the core of raising standards for communities, the environment, and the construction industry’s workforce.

“My career has been focused on engaging with organisations to raise standards across a range of industries. I look forward to working with organisations who are part of the Scheme and those that influence engagement with the Scheme, to help extend its reach and influence even further.”

Executive Chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, Isabel Martinson MBE commented: “I am delighted to welcome Amanda to the Scheme as our new Chief Executive. Amanda brings a huge wealth of expertise in leading organisations in roles which are focused on improving standards through Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.

“This experience clearly resonates with the core values and mission of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, and we are excited about the future opportunities to embed the Scheme across our industry, through Amanda’s leadership.

“I would also like to thank Edward Hardy for his significant achievements over the last decade as Chief Executive, in shaping the Scheme to become the huge success it is today.”

www.ccscheme.org.uk

The NEW Onyx safety shoes and boots from Solid Gear

GREAT value safety footwear with the unique BOA closure system for maximum comfort.

Nowadays, good safety footwear is part and parcel of a comfortable day’s work on site – just like good working clothes and quality hand tools.

Combining maximum comfort and protection with a robust and durable design, Solid Gear’s Onyx is available as a shoe or a boot and ideal for different types of on-site work.

This EN-accredited footwear has a modern-looking style that integrates a seamless upper and Cordura reinforcements with a poured polyeurethane midsole, a breathable footbed and strong rubber outsole for maximum grip on slippery and uneven surfaces. Metal-free protection comes from the fiberglass toecap and penetration board for extra personal safety.

What’s more, the unique BOA Closure System – used on many top-brand sports shoes - distributes the pressure of the fastened shoe evenly across your feet to ensure a glove-like fit all day for maximum comfortable protection.

To get more information on Solid Gear - the Next Generation of Safety Footwear - visit the website at www.solidgearfootwear.com Alternatively, call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788.

Snickers Workwear’s NEW loose-fit stretch trousers for maximum mobility on-site

HI-tech stretch fabrics and ergonomic designs ensure close quarter mobility at work.

With a range of new AllroundWork stretch trousers available throughout the UK, there’s plenty of flexibility for every professional craftsman and woman to stretch their performance on site comfortably.

The new stretchy work trousers for men have a loose fit for a classic Snickers Workwear look and feel, with stretch Cordura for increased durability as well as improved ventilation and close quarter mobility.

What’s more, the new slim-fit work trousers for women are shaped to fit the female anatomy. The ergonomic ‘women’s fit’ includes wider hips and a narrower waist for a street-wise, fashionable look with optimal comfort and freedom of movement built-in.

So check out these newest designs – the optimal choice for craftsmen and women who need to get their jobs done comfortably on site. 

Getting information on the Snickers’ new stretch work trousers is easy. You can call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk or email [email protected]

 

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