Comment – Game Over

Why attempting to attract young people into the demolition and construction sector via comparisons to computer gaming is folly. There is no greater sign that a youth trend has peaked than when it is adopted by the mainstream. I was a teenager at the time but I distinctly remember watching as a children’s TV presenter…Read moreRead more

Asbestos training down by two-thirds…

UKATA raises concerns over 66 percent fall. The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) has raised concerns about the lack of asbestos training in the construction industry that has been undertaken since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the re-opening of construction sites in May, the number of workers undertaking asbestos training courses continues to…Read moreRead more

CITB extends apprentice support…

Training board responds to ongoing COVID crisis. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is offering support to help find a new employer for any displaced apprentice as part of a raft of measures to keep skills within industry. Any construction apprentice is now eligible to receive CITB support if they lose their job or apprenticeship….Read moreRead more

Has NOCN bitten off more than it can chew…?

Apologies offered when solutions are required. For the second time in six months, NOCN Group has been forced to publicly apologise for its calamitous takeover of the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS). The company previously apologised back in February when it said that emergency measures were being put in place. But six months later, NOCN…Read moreRead more

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