Rising Safety Awareness is Driving the North America Ceramic Fiber Market at a CAGR of 7.27% by 2027According to a new market research report launched by Inkwood Research, The North America Ceramic Fiber Market was valued at nearly $214.45 million & 165.07 thousand tons in 2018 and is anticipated to reach around $420.87 million & 301.12 thousand tonnes by 2027, growing at an estimated CAGR of 7.81% & 6.90% by revenue and volume respectively, during the forecast period 2019-2027. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday Continue Reading
A Midlands-based civil engineering company gave its apprentices a unique opportunity to develop and thrive together, in an environment that draws on military, business and engineering perspectives to fine-tune team performance.
Whitehouse Construction put seven of its apprentices through a unique development programme at The Dragonfly Team Synergy Centre, a new facility which provides forward-thinking organisations across the region with access to pioneering team development opportunities.
The apprentices, aged between 16 and 21, took part in a day-long programme which saw them tackle command exercises, think differently, plan effectively and take part in bespoke indoor activities.
Focused on health and safety in the workplace, the day formed part of their on-going training to develop into the next generation workforce of the future.
The programme was geared up to meet the specific needs of Whitehouse Construction.
Josephine Ewart-Sear, a Director of Whitehouse Construction, based in Ashbourne, and operating across the Midlands region, said: “Our directly-employed, civil engineering tradesmen and women operate in highly-complex, process-driven environments, with tight controls and procedures.
“The Team Synergy Day was designed to bring health and safety to the forefront of our apprentices’ thinking to meet the demands of these environments, both now and in their future careers.
“We invest significant resources to ensure our multi-disciplined teams have the training and development to work to the highest levels of safety and competence.
“Apprenticeships are important to the business as they enable us to develop our own people and training new entrants ensures we will serve our client base well into the future.
“The team development day allowed us to bring our values to life and show the impact of working together and the benefits of collaboration.
“It also helped reflect to the apprentices the importance of a two-way dialogue between themselves, their leaders and mentors in sharing health and safety best practice.”
Located at Ednaston Park, on the outskirts of Derby, the Dragonfly Team Synergy Centre has been developed by Army Colonel Adam Fraser-Hitchen and former Army Captain, Amanda Foster.
As Chartered Engineers and, in the latter part of their careers, business development strategists through their consultancy Dragonfly Directors, they have both drawn on more than 60 years’ experience, from barracks to the boardroom, to create the facility.
The outdoor all-weather command exercises are designed to challenge participants and encourage them to develop a mindset that values problem-solving, parallel thinking, planning and collaboration.
Amanda, Managing Director, said “In the military, command exercises are used to develop teams and also to assess and fine-tune leadership potential.
“The apprentices at Whitehouse Construction got involved from the outset, and in just one day, it was clearly evident how the team developed and grew stronger as a unit.
“It’s great to see people come together and take part in activities that deliver immediate benefits for the greater good of the team and the business overall.
“This is a team day that creates a culture of collaboration from the word go, with skills that can be injected into the workplace immediately and remain of value for the longer-term.”
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Trade body and manufacturers’ expertise add new dimension to apprenticeship for cutting-edge construction method
A national trade body has joined forces with leading manufacturers in the structural waterproofing sector to write and deliver the latest insights and understanding to enable a new generation of trainees to complete a new specialist trade apprenticeship.
The Property Care Association’s (PCA) Structural Waterproofing Apprenticeship Programme takes its next intake of participants in October.
As well as receiving training from PCA experts, learners will also receive practical instruction from industry-leading product suppliers, including Delta Membrane Systems, Newton Waterproofing Systems, Safeguard Europe and Sika.
Launched by the Association last year to provide training in this highly technical and advanced area of construction, the apprenticeship is open to PCA members and specialists working in non-member companies.
After completing the programme, the apprentices achieve an NVQ Level 2 in Structural Underground Waterproofing.
James Berry, Technical Manager of the PCA, said: “This is a first for the waterproofing industry.
“Inspired by the needs of employers and their clients, we are proud to have worked with members to design and deliver an apprentice scheme that includes the practical skills associated with the waterproofing industry, through a mix of hands-on and classroom-based training.
“We are excited to now have input from the industry through the manufacturers’ training sessions.
“Structural waterproofing is an industry which continues to grow and we need to do all we can to attract and retain highly-skilled workers.
“The creation of the apprentice programme ensures underground waterproofing is correctly recognised as a specific construction specialty and that a career path exists within the profession that will challenge and place value on those that choose structural waterproofing as a profession.
“With pressure to take as much value as possible from very costly development sites, building plots and existing properties, the possibilities that come from occupying basements is ever more attractive and increasingly cost effective.
“As a result, the ability to design and deliver structural waterproofing in the future will become increasingly sought after by employers and clients.”
The apprenticeship programme runs for 18 months and features classroom, practical and on-the-job training.
Every aspect of underground waterproofing is covered by the apprenticeship training scheme including product selection and waterproofing design.
Handling and application of materials and tools, legislation, and health and safety in the workplace are also featured.
Instruction is evaluated by independent assessors who award the NVQ level 2 to those who successfully complete the training.
And once apprentices have completed their training, they have access to a clear career path, with further opportunities for development.
This includes the PCA’s Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing training, an intensive three-day theoretical training course that focuses the technical aspects of structural waterproofing for those who undertake site assessments, and have a responsibility to design waterproofing systems to prevent failure
For those who wish to demonstrate their competence through qualification this training course can be used as a foundation to go on to take the Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) industry-leading qualification.
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Project will provide 100% affordable rent to occupiers
ENGIE, the leading regeneration, energy and services group, has completed building works on a £12 million scheme, which has seen 43 new homes constructed in partnership with Waltham Forest Council.
The development comprises of 27 houses and 16 flats, three of which are fully-fitted disability flats, and forms part of the council’s continuing commitment to providing quality new homes for residents – with 100% affordable rent.
The £12 million scheme, which is part of a wider £300 million programme, was created to help with the demand for more housing in the borough.
The scheme has taken 16 months to complete, and the majority of the homes are now occupied, with residents having moved into the portfolio of newly built properties, ranging from one and two bedroom flats to two, three and four bedroom houses.
Dan Germann, MD of London and South Developments at ENGIE, commented: “We have been working on the programme for several years, and this is the 16th site we have completed for Waltham Forest as part of its housebuilding scheme.
“It’s great to be part of the team that brings the affordable housing vision to life and supports local families, and we’re very excited to see how our partnership develops moving forward, allowing us to make greater sustainable places.”
Councillor Simon Miller, Waltham Forest Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Housing Development, said “We have tough targets to meet to provide the expected 18.000 new homes needed in Waltham Forest over the next 10 years, but we are determined to make as many of those homes available for affordable rent as possible.
“This high quality development in Warburton Terrace helps us deliver our promise to have a decent roof over the heads of all of our residents as it is 100 per cent affordable rent and includes family homes which are very much in demand.”Continue Reading
Rising Safety Awareness is Driving the Asia Pacific Ceramic Fiber Market at a CAGR of 10.78% by 2027According to a new market research report launched by Inkwood Research, The Asia Pacific Ceramic Fiber Market was valued at nearly $1,099.72 million & 851.58 thousand tons in 2018 and is anticipated to reach around $2,761.44 million & 2,299.64 thousand tonnes by 2027, growing at an estimated CAGR of 10.78% & 11.68% by revenue and volume respectively, during the forecast period 2019-2027. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday Continue Reading
Architectural ironmongers who are keen to complete their career to become a fully qualified door hardware professional can now re-enrol in the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) education programme, without having to start from the beginning.
The Challenge Exam is designed for those who have taken a break during their studies of the GAI Diploma (stage 3) or the Certificate in Architectural Hardware (stage 1 or 2) training courses for three years or more.
It consists of a short test covering all areas of the last stage of learning that they have passed. Once the Challenge Exam has been passed, they can then progress to the next stage of the education programme without having to start at stage 1 again.
There will be two challenge exams held this year ready for potential students to enrol in the 2019/20 programme. Both exams will be held at the GAI head office in London on 14 August and 3 December 2019. Online invigilation can be arranged for international students who would like to take the exam.
The Guild’s education programme is the only?recognised?programme in the world that leads to a qualification in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards.?It is open to all industry professionals and trainees across the world, not just those within GAI membership.
There are two qualifications available within the GAI education programme. The Certificate in?Architectural Hardware?(CiAH)?consists of two stages with 24 education modules covering everything an architectural ironmonger is required to know.??
Once this has been completed, students may choose to continue their studies by enrolling for the GAI Diploma. This stage focuses entirely on the skills and learning needed for scheduling?the architectural ironmongery, electric hardware and key control for a project, and is of particular importance to those architectural ironmongers working on projects being built to UK and European standards across the globe.?Once they have completed the diploma, they become a?DipGAI, an industry recognised symbol of professionalism.?
The?2019/20 education programme prospectus?has?been?published on the GAI website, outlining the qualifications, course content and training support available. It also gives further information on becoming a Registered Architectural Ironmonger (RegAI) through the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme. The programme offers flexibility for busy professionals and far more opportunity to gain the CPD points.?
Enrolments?are open from 2 September until 20 December 2019.??
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