FeRFA e-news April 2016
MESSAGE FROM CEO
FeRFA contractor members will shortly be invited to participate in the Build UK Health & Safety survey which takes place each year to collate data on the previous 12 months’ accident statistics. This information provides a vital tool to showcase that the safety record of specialist contractors is better than the wider industry. It demonstrates the excellent health and safety record of FeRFA members to clients, specifiers, main contractors and insurance bodies. FeRFA contractors are specialists in resin flooring, screed flooring and surface preparation, and operate within the FeRFA Code of Practice.
Health & Safety awareness, training and the implementation of best practice are a priority for all of our members, and form an essential part of FeRFA’s NVQ L2 apprentice training, upskilling courses and NVQL3/6 training programmes. By committing to and complying with these high quality standards, our members are proud to use the FeRFA logo – a mark of quality to be relied upon.For more information on training and upskilling, please visit www.ferfa.org.uk
Helen McGachie, FeRFA CEO
IN THIS ISSUE
FeRFA ANNUAL EVENT 2016 - FOR YOUR DIARY!
The FeRFA Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner 2016 will be held on:
In a change from our usual format, the meeting will be shorter and will concentrate on the formal AGM business and Council elections, giving members plenty of time to get ready for the evening event and allow couples to travel together.
The Belfry was a popular choice with members last year and we look forward to welcoming members and their guests to this event in November.
Full details and booking forms will be issued soon, but meanwhile please get the date in your diary and also start thinking about your project entries for this year's awards.
17th GROUP OF FeRFA APPRENTICES START THEIR TRAINING
Ten new apprentices were welcomed to the training scheme for in situ resin flooring this month. This is the 17th resin group since the schemes, leading to and NVQ level 2, were started ten years ago.
For these first sessions the apprentices were given an introduction to the course and an in-depth health & safety training module delivered by Terry Foxley, the FeRFA trainer. They also had the opportunity to meet with their Apprentice Officer and receive an induction from CITB. Read more...
Apprentices in Resin Group 17 are: Jake Brown (Central Flooring Services), Charles Abel (Hart Site Services), Steve Baker, Lee Cornish and Gary Ashby (Polydeck), Daniel Morland and Mark Harrison (Reprotec UK), James Murray (Surtech), Simon Murphy (Ultrasyntec) and Brian Quinn (Veitchi).
RESIN 14 GO WITH THE FLOW AND COMPLETE PRACTICAL TRAINING
The 14th group of resin apprentices finished their formal training this month with their final session on flowable screeds, this included a day of classroom tuition with Terry Foxley, the FeRFA Trainer, followed by a second day of practical sessions.
FeRFA member, Instarmac, supplied all the materials and hosted the training at their Tamworth facility. PFT Central were on hand to guide the apprentices through each step of the process of mixing and laying pumped screeds. The group were shown the correct setting up procedure of the M-tec mixing pump, preparation of the floor area, setting levels, how to carry out flow tests and safe operation of the pump. Read more....
Candidates in this group are:
Andrew Siddons (Central Flooring), Thomas Singleton (John Lord), Warren Woodward & Lee Youds (Mike Thelwell Flooring Ltd), Ben Gladman & Tom Hogg-Beck (Polydeck Resins), Aeron Lumley (Protective Coating Systems UK Ltd, Lloyd Davies (Page Industrial Flooring) and Stephen Cox.
NVQ LEVEL 3 OCCUPATIONAL WORK SUPERVISION
The next NVQ level 3 in Occupational Work Supervision will start on 26 & 27 May (two days) to be held in Nottingham.
If you have any suitable candidates ready to take the next step in their career path, please get in contact with FeRFA for full details on the course.
It is 10 day course which takes three months and consists of 9 Modules (which are taken over 10 days as off-site training). It aims to raise the general standards of supervisors and equips them to deal with the increasing documentation and awareness involving safety and other legislation.
The cost per candidate is £2120 for the courses and £400 towards their students Level 3 NVQ Diploma, and a CITB grant is available of £1950. This includes all the training plus food and accommodation for the training days.
This course meets all the requirements of the UKCG Training Standards for Supervisors.
To book a place on the next course please call FeRFA on 07484 075254.
NVQ LEVEL 6 COURSE STARTING ON 17 & 18 MAY
We are enrolling candidates for the next NVQ 6 (Construction Contracting Operations Management) which will start on 17th and 18th May in Nottingham. The course includes 12 days, in two day sessions around 6 weeks apart, in the classroom and at the same time candidates will work, using on-line workbooks, to gather a portfolio of evidence during that time. The process will be fully explained at the first sessions. Once the programme is complete and enough evidence has been gathered candidates will achieve their qualification.
The programme covers the following modules:
The course is cost neutral in that the fees are £2,800 + VAT and grants are available for CITB levy payers totalling £2,800. Hotel accommodation can be booked locally to the course if required, at £50 + VAT per person, per night and includes breakfast but no evening meal.
Anyone with candidates wishing to register should get in touch with FeRFA on 07484 075254.
ONE DAY UPSKILLING TRAINING DAYS
Following last month's upskilling day on Specifying and Selecting Resin Flooring at Altro Floors in Letchworth, a further two sessions of this popular course have been held in Carlisle and Tamworth.
If you missed this opportunity and would like to attend a future date, please get in contact with FeRFA. Courses cost just £50 each (for FeRFA Members) which includes all training, course papers, lunch and refreshments plus a certificate upon successful completion. CITB levy payers may also be eligible for grant funding of £50 (daily training plan rate).
For more details on the Upskilling courses that are available please visit the Upskilling page of the website.
Each month we have a special focus on FeRFA Associate members who provide specialist services and products into the resin flooring and screeding markets. This month we are putting the spotlight on HTC Floor Systems and Long Rake Spar.
Full details on all Associate Members are available in the FeRFA Associates' Catalogue.
RECYCLING - ARE YOU TAKING PART?
Looking at the data submitted by members for the first quarter of 2016, we are on schedule to reach (and hopefully surpass) our prevous totals - which in themselves have increased year on year.
FeRFA has simplified the way it is gathering waste statistics from members to maximise the opportunity for all members to submit data. We now require two figures per month - total weight collected and total weight recycled or recovered. An easy to use template can be downloaded from the FeRFA Members Area under the Recycling section.
If you use Reconomy as your waste provider, you do not have to provide separate statistics.
Only those companies that provide waste statistics will be able to display the recycling logo with the company entry on the website.
If you are a manufacturer, FeRFA Recycling partner, Protech Plastics Containers can supply containers in various sizes to suit your product range, which are now produced from 40% recycled material. Call Protech on 01827 314615.
More details on the recycling initiative are here: http://www.ferfa.org.uk/recycling.php
FeRFA's partner in the recycling scheme, Reconomy, can assist you to reduce your total waste management costs, increase your landfill diversion, ensure compliance, under current Environment Agency legislation, maintain consistency and best practice across all sites and back-office functions.
GUIDANCE ON THE NEW APPRENTICESHIP LEVY
BIS has published guidance on how the Apprenticeship levy will work when it is introduced on 6 April 2017, the first in a series of guidance notes for employers.
The guidance is easy to read and confirms the following points:
REGULATORY ROUND UP FROM B&CE
The arrival of the new tax year on 6 April brought with it some regulatory changes.
For more on B&CE, visit the the website »
EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS 2016
SURFACE MATERIALS SHOW 2016
FeRFA is an event partner for the Surface and Materials Show to be held at NEC Birmingham from 18th to 20th October as part of UK Construction Week. FeRFA members are being offered enhanced packages and discounts on stands. For more details contact FeRFA on 07484 075254.
GRAND DESIGNS LIVE April 30-May 8 at ExCel London
APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME DATES 2016
Resin 14: formal modules finished - in Assessment Period
FeRFA MEETINGS AND EVENTS 2016
Council Meeting: Wednesday 22 June
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