Woodward warns over degree course take-up…

Former IDE President raises concern over ticking skills shortage time-bomb. I am just back from the PlantworX 2019 exhibition in Peterborough where the final day of the show has been largely given over to students and at which skills and training has been placed at the very heart of the exhibition. But I returned to…Read moreRead more

Darsey blasts apprenticeship apathy…

NDTG chairman disappointed with industry engagement on Trailblazer scheme. Newly-elected National Demolition Training Group chairman David Darsey has expressed his disappointment and frustration with the lack of commitment shown by his fellow UK demolition contractors as the pilot Trailblazer apprenticeship course is about to take place. Government-back and Ofsted-regulated, the scheme was developed by a…Read moreRead more

Audio – Training Talk Episode #2…

It’s cards on the table time in our second training-specific audio show. Regular readers will know that we recently launched a new audio podcast called Training Talk which – as the name suggests – focuses upon the subject of demolition training. Some might also recall that the launch episode was actually the first in a…Read moreRead more

Triple crown for Darsey

Erith Contractors MD takes up role of NDTG Chairman. The delegates at today’s annual general meeting of the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) voted to elect Erith Contractors managing director David Darsey as chairman with McWilliam Demolition’s Craig McWilliam elected as vice-chairman. It is the latest of many accolades for Darsey who has previously held…Read moreRead more

Video Exclusive – Blazing a trail…

What the new Demolition Operative Apprenticeship Standard means for the wider industry. Following more than a year of behind-the-scenes consultation, a Demolition Operative apprenticeship standard has been uploaded onto the Institute for Apprenticeships. The apprenticeship standard was developed by a trailblazer group comprising 10 UK demolition contractors including Armac Group, Cantillon, Rye Demolition, Squibb Group…Read moreRead more

Open letter from Dr Demolition…

Former IDE president calls for candidates for foundation degree in demolition management. It is not often that the UK demolition industry can claim to be a world beater without fear of contradiction. In the Institute’s Foundation Degree we can truly make such a statement for never before has this level of academic learning, which is…Read moreRead more

Keltbray tackles asbestos on soils…

Industry giant launches new training initiative. Keltbray Group has announced the launch of a unique Asbestos in Soils training course, the first of its kind in the UK. It sets out to combine theory and practice in Keltbray’s new training centre at Silvertown in east London, where the company has built a specially designed practical…Read moreRead more

Students blown away…

World-renowned explosives expert lends expertise to degree course. University of Wolverhampton Demolition degree students were blown away by a guest speaker recently. Blow-down explosives expert, Dick Green, was a visiting lecturer at the City Campus in Wolverhampton recently to talk to the Master’s degree Architecture and Built Environment students about the use of explosives in…Read moreRead more

Keltbray appeals to hearts and minds…

Contractor unveils new training initiative. Keltbray Training today announced that it is taking part in a trial to explore the relationship between the human mind and the human heart by researching what is referred to as heart/brain coherence. This pilot involves the utilisation of a system of science-based and scientifically validated, coherence-building skills designed to…Read moreRead more

The youth of tomorrow…

Keltbray backs initiative to attract young people into industry. Keltbray Group has announced its support for the Construction Youth Trust’s (CYT) new initiative to engage young people on the pathway to working in the infrastructure and built environment sector. This scheme aims to involve 100 schools over the next three years, and Keltbray is supporting CYT…Read moreRead more