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RSBi workers embark on healthy working programme

A group of Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) employees have lost more than 25 stones after taking part in a workplace weight management programme. The...

New apprentices impress at James Frew

James Frew has opened its doors to the latest intake of apprentices joining the Ayrshire building services firm. The four youngsters, from Glasgow and Falkirk, will take part...

CITB chief executive to stand down

ADRIAN Belton is leaving his role as chief executive of CITB at the end of the year, the organisation has announced. Sarah Beale, currently chief...

“Single vision” needed to attract fresh talent

The CITB’s strategic partnerships director for Scotland has called on the construction sector to adopt a “single vision” to help attract more youngsters into...

Student work placements backed to help ease skills crisis

ROBERT Gordon University (RGU) and Ogilvie Construction have joined forces to offer students “valuable” paid employment opportunities. Ogilvie is currently providing Patrycja Linka, a Stage...

Scots pupils to benefit from skills initiative

OVER 1,600 pupils in Scotland will benefit from the second round of the Building My Skills employability programme. The award-winning initiative, which brings together school pupils...

New initiative helps firms prepare for BIM deadline

A free training and awareness programme is to be launched in a bid to help Scottish construction firms prepare for BIM Level 2. Delivered by...

Apprentice intake helps CCG build for the future

OVER 10% of CCG's workforce is now made up of apprentices following the latest intake of young recruits. 16 new modern apprentices takes the total...

Hospital project boosts construction trainees

THREE young ladies have gained valuable experience in the construction industry, working on the expansion and refurbishment of the first of seven operating theatres...

New guide aims to help tradespeople hire apprentices

A new guide which helps tradespeople understand how to hire apprentices has been launched by Screwfix. The free booklet, which was developed with Skills Development Scotland,...

Building better futures

Gary Moug visits Constructionarium Scotland, where the nation’s construction students get a vital opportunity to put theory into practice A cold, muddy construction site in...

Forstering new talent

ANGUS-based roofing and solar PV contractor Forster Group is doing its part to combat the skills shortage in the construction sector by creating its...

Health and safety training is more than just policies and procedures

By Lynsey Chambers, training manager, City Building, Queenslie Training Centre ALL employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their...

Future-proofing the industry through inclusivity and diversity

By Kim Worts, RICS UK External Affairs Director I had a conversation recently with a female RICS Fellow who applied to a well-established college to...

Courses bring building standards professionals up to speed

HUNDREDS of local authority staff from building standards departments throughout Scotland have been sharpening their skills through tailored courses run by SELECT, the campaigning...

BAM apprentices go back to school

With National Apprenticeship Week beginning on February 29, school leaver, Annie Davies, is celebrating her apprenticeship with BAM construction. She has recently started work...

Electricians of the future embark on pioneering new taster course

AUGUST 12 will be Celebration Day for a select band of Scottish  students who will just have completed a pioneering course designed to help young...

Training for today and tomorrow

With a more buoyant construction market, it is those firms continuing to invest in training that are best placed to help housing providers bring their homes up to modern standards. Billy Baird, Projects Director at roofing and cladding services provider Marley Contract Services, looks at how the company has managed to maintain its skills base. THE skills shortage is particularly acute in the construction industry and encompasses a wide range of disciplines from bricklaying through to plumbing. A lack of...

Strength in numbers: BM TRADA announce timber strength grading courses

BM TRADA has released a comprehensive list of dates for its 2015 timber strength grading courses. Aimed at timber industry employees and merchants, these practical...

Marshall Scaffold expand manager training

TWO Managers from The Scaffold Division of Marshall Construction are working to obtain membership to the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation. Committed to promoting high standards...