Comment – Shooting ourselves in the foot…?

Industry veteran decries four-fold hike in training costs. Along with death and taxes, a skills shortage within the UK demolition and construction sectors is one of life’s great certainties. Now that the industry is returning to work full-time after the COVID-19 crisis, it is likely that we will once again find ourselves hampered and hamstrung…Read moreRead more

Demolition Daily #43

Brace yourselves – Today’s episode of the Demolition Daly LiveStream contains a rant. It is a sprawling rant of many colours that takes in personal tragedy, eye candy girlfriends in newly-purchased Ferraris, Band Aid, Live Aid, slimming tablets, social media influencers, boob jobs, chocolate fireguards. And construction industry training.

Demolition Daily #23

In today’s episode of the Demolition Daily LiveStream, we look at the importance of maintaining training during times of downturn and recession; we call for your funny, shocking and amazing demolition stories; and we share a few of our own.

Keep your skills sharp…

C&D Consultancy resurrects Toolbox Talk video series. Some seven years ago, we worked with our great friend John Woodward at C&D Consultancy to produce a series of bite-sized video tool box talks. And there has never been a better time to check them out. Chances are, you have time on your hands; you’ll have time…Read moreRead more

NOCN accused of profiteering…

Unite union says Emergency Covid-19 CPCS card is unnecessary. Unite, the UK’s construction union, is informing members that it is not necessary to obtain a temporary Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Emergency Covid-19 Card to gain access to building sites during the coronavirus outbreak. Workers that because of the lockdown are unable to renew a…Read moreRead more

House of cards…

Company behind CPCS cards forced to apologise over delays. The private company that has taken over management of the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) has been forced to apologise after plant operators found themselves unable to renew their cards. NOCN Group, which now administers the card scheme, has also put in place an emergency plan…Read moreRead more

Liverpool of talent…

Initiative aims to help plug skills gap. Complete Training Solutions, a health and safety specialist training organisation based in Liverpool, has been running a successful partnership with Job Centre Plus to help fill skills shortages in the demolition sector. At the beginning of the year, Complete Training Solutions entered into a partnership with Jobcentre Plus…Read moreRead more

Caught in the NVQ Poverty Trap

The human cost of high-cost training, qualification and competence verification. Last night, just after normal office hours, I took one of the most difficult phone calls of my professional career. Given that I have previously received calls from the bereaved families of men killed in the line of demolition duty and from those that have…Read moreRead more

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