Welcome to the latest edition of the FeRFA enews
IN THIS ISSUE
- TRAINING NEWS - new apprenticeship start date, updates from January training modules and new start dates for NVQL3 and NVQL6 courses
- ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT - this month we look at Degafloor and Derbyshire Aggregates
- RECYCLING - taking part made simpler, top tips for minimising landfill, national rates available
- MEMBER BENEFITS - Cobra's Bespoke Insurance Service plus H&S Advice and Business Shield from SKA
- OTHER NEWS - news on the collapse of Carillion, and CSCS release their annual review
- MEETINGS & EXHIBITIONS - dates for your diary
- MEMBERS' NEWS - news stories from FeRFA members
NEW APPRENTICESHIPS STARTS 21st-22nd MARCH 2018
FeRFA will be starting new Apprenticeships in Resin Flooring, Screeding and Surface Preparation on 21st-22nd March 2018 at the Ibis Hotel in Rugby.
The two-year schemes all lead to an NVQ Level 2 Diploma and the scheme is fully grant funded for CITB registered employers. The current CITB funding for specialist apprenticeship schemes is very advantageous to employers, but as changes are being introduced from April onwards, this may be a good opportunity to put a candidate forward and enable you to recoup CITB levy payments for training. More details on the scheme are available here.
To pre-register for this scheme please download this candidate enrolment form and send back to FeRFA.
If you wish to enrol an apprentice or have any other queries about the schemes on offer and their benefits, please call FeRFA on 07484 075254 or email email@example.com.
PREP 9 APPRENTICES TAKE PLANING MODULE
The Preparation Group hosted Prep 19 apprentices on 17th & 18th January. The group took their planing module - covering methods, maintenance, PPE and storage. FeRFA trainer Stephen Walker led the two sessions, combining theory and practical workshops.
Apprentices in this group are Thomas Mallett (F&G Industrial), Sean Vickery, Richard Hughes (TPS360), Brian George and David Logan (Veitchi Industrial).
INTRODUCTION TO SURFACE PREPARATION FOR PREP 10
Prep group 10 took their introductory modules to surface preparation at The Preparation Group on 10th & 11th Jan. The two day course covered selection methods and equipment, PPE, Health & Safety on the first day. The second day covered risk assessments, COSHH, waste regulations and journey planning. FeRFA trainer Stephen Walker conducted both sessions.
Apprentices in this group are James Brown, Michael Cordiner, Kevin Webster, Benjamin Sibbons (The Preparation Group) and Kristen Coussens (GSB Surface Preparation Ltd).
14/15th MARCH START DATE FOR NVQ LEVEL 3 SUPERVISOR TRAINING SCHEME
Do you have skilled employees who are ready to take the next step in progressing their career to supervisory management? FeRFA is able to offer members a Supervisor Training Scheme in conjunction with the Drilling and Sawing Association.
The programme consists of 9 Modules (10 days off-site training) and will cover all courses based on the diploma units towards the NVQ Level 3 qualification. This course meets all the requirements of the Build UK Training Standards for Supervisors. All training will take place at the DSA training facility in Nottingham and course attendance will take place over a three to six month period and will also require a one day on-site assessment. This 10 day course provides the opportunity to raise the general standards of supervisors and to equip them to deal with the increasing documentation and awareness involving safety and other legislation. Food and accommodation is provided for the dates in the schedule where required at no extra cost.
Click here for more details and to view the training schedule.
14/15th FEB START DATE FOR NVQ LEVEL 6 MANAGEMENT COURSE
Previously known as the Level 4 Diploma, the Level 6 course enables those in a Managerial role to gain an appropriate qualification reflecting the skills and knowledge required for their particular area of industry, and also provides a career route for exisiting construction supervisors.
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 cost is £2,800 and grants are available for CITB levy payers totalling £1,900. 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.
If you are interested in registering for this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Click here for more details and to view the training schedule.
INDUSTRY ASSESSORS REQUIRED
FeRFA is seeking suitably skilled and experienced individuals from the resin flooring industry to train as industry assessors. For more information, please email email@example.com.
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 shining the spotlight on Degafloor and Derbyshire Aggregates.
Full details on all Associate Members are available in the FeRFA Associates' Catalogue.
Degafloor Ltd supplies innovative ultra-fast curing resin flooring systems (FeRFA types 3-8), car park waterproofing solutions, concrete repair, and permanent pothole repair products to a wide range of commercial and industrial sectors across the UK and Ireland. Our technically advanced resins are manufactured by world leader, Evonik Industries AG (formerly Degussa AG) and have been designed to specifically meet the challenges and requirements of today's discerning customers. Today's product range is the result of continuous R&D (over 300 research chemists are currently employed by Evonik) and a business model that embraces innovation. Our product range is second to none, and our 24/7 approach to customer support, rapid response to technical enquiries and high quality, flexible approach to training has made us a firm favourite of many leading companies, architects and resin system installers.
Crusader House, High Street, Maxted, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE6 9HQ3 / www.degafloor.com / 01778 342545
Started in 1984 as a relatively small scale operation focused on discrete volumes to locally based merchants, Derbyshire Aggregates dynamic growth now finds itself as an industry leader, exporting products all over the world and contributing to a vast array of project types.
Dried aggregates are produced at its Youlgrave plant in Derbyshire, then washed, dry screened and packaged to exacting requirements. Available for immediate delivery off the shelf and throughout the UK and Ireland, Derbyshire Aggregates has a wide selection of natural coloured dried decorative minerals, including granite, quartz, basalt and bauxite. Colour coating is available if required. Many other high PSV materials can be custom processed to specific requirements. Deliveries can be made in bags, bulk bags, tankers and bulk tippers as required. Minerals are now sourced worldwide with custom processing at the Arbor Low manufacturing plant.
Technical liaison to deliver client requirements when and where required in the quantities to match demanding schedules are a feature of DA’s operations and delivery service. A vast selection of products is in stock for immediate delivery and a large aggregate library is available to assist selection. Via its haulage network deliveries can be arranged 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Arbor Low Works, Long Rake, Youlgrave,
Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1JS /
www.derbyshireaggregates.com / 01629 636500
FeRFA's RECYCLING SCHEME
FeRFA MEMBERS BEAT 2016 RECYCLING TOTAL
The recycling data from all members has been collated and, as the graph below demonstrates, 2017 has been another record breaking year. Over 2000 tonnes have been diverted from landfill, with 1800 tones recycled.
Just imagine what FeRFA members could achieve in 2018 if every member came on board and submitted recyling data - we may even be able to double that figure and save more waste from landfill and all the negative environmental impact that has.
Every member is being sent a very simple datasheet - only two figures are needed per month - total weight collected and total weight recycled or recovered. This is information that should be provided by your waste collector. The spreadsheet includes a graph, automatically generated from your figures - which you can show to prospective clients. Only members who provided figures in 2017 (and continue for 2018) can feature the recycling logo on the website.
More details on the recycling initiative are here.
Discover the benefits of using the Reconomy Portal to manage your construction waste
Did you know that the Reconomy Portal will give you round-the-clock access to your key waste documentation and data - across all your construction sites? We would like to show you how to gain:
- control over the waste streams generated on each construction site you manage
- the ability to create detailed reports on your waste management with ease.
By giving you an in-depth insight into the handling of waste across all your building sites, with dynamically updated information, the Reconomy Portal offers an unrivalled opportunity to gain control over your waste management.
Arrange a free Reconomy Portal demonstration today:
Click here or Call - 0800 834 133
FeRFA's partners in the recycling scheme are:
- 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. Contact 0800 834 133 / 01952 211790
To see Reconomy's National Rates for FeRFA members please click on this link.
- If you are a manufacturer, 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.
FeRFA MEMBER BENEFITS
COBRA LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE FOR FeRFA MEMBERS
Cobra Insurance Brokers have partnered with FeRFA for over 10 years, gaining specialist knowledge and an understanding of the protection needed for the resin flooring industry. The new website, designed specifically to support FeRFA members and their business activity is now available at www.ferfainsurance.co.uk The website covers all aspects of insurance, risk management and guarantees, as well as a client login portal where you can view your policy documents. FeRFA Members can also request free access to a vast library of resource material.
Cobra offer a free insurance health check plus no obligation quotes. Howard Collins can be reached on 07775 888933 or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
H&S UPDATE PLUS BUSINESS SHIELD FROM STALLARD KANE ASSOCIATES
Stallard Kane Associates Ltd provide a support service to SMEs for both Health & Safety and Employment Law. FeRFA members can access its services for free via the Business Shield - detailed below.
With the upcoming GDPR regulations coming into effect in May, Stallard Kane have detailed 5 steps to help you to be prepared. Later on in the article, Stallard Kane discuss the definition of a 'competent person'.
Read Stallard Kane's Lastest Business Shield article here.
Business Shield - free to FeRFA members - ensures you are always up to date.
SKA understands that busy management teams don't always have the time to keep up-to-date with changes in workplace legislation and health and safety policies, which is why FeRFA has supplied FeRFA Business Shield as a key member benefit
All FeRFA members have FREE access to the Business Shield service giving you:
- FREE access to the FeRFA Business Shield online portal
- FREE and unlimited use of the 24hr hotline
- FREE one hour review of your daily activity and associated risks
- FREE one hour review of your existing employment contracts
Further details on the service are available in the brochure here.
All FeRFA members are supplied with a unique username and password for the FeRFA Business Shield and can speak to an advisor to answer any queries that you may have regarding the service.
In the meantime, members can access the advice line on 0345 076 6485.
The dedicated FeRFA Business Shield Account Manager is Barry Nicol, please call him on 07854 938693 for more details
SUPPORTING THE INDUSTRY
In the aftermath of the news of the collapse of Carillion, Build UK has been working with its members, the industry and Government to assist in understanding the impact on the supply chain and what the next steps needed are.
To read more click here.
CSCS ANNUAL REVIEW
CSCS has published its Annual Review for 2017.
The Annual Review takes a look at the work carried out in 2017, and highlights the key priorities of 2018. You can read and download the Annual Review here.
ARE YOU CLAIMING YOUR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDITS?
HMRC’s latest statistics around Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits have been published. The average value of a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) claim is on the rise, and more SMEs than ever are making successful claims. However construction is still lagging way behind, despite being an industry defined by innovation and problem solving.
Read about the common misconceptions here.
BUILD UK NEWSLINE
The latest edition of the Build UK Newsline is available at builduk-newsline.org.uk where you can find more on:
- Fair Payment
- Health and Safety
- Training & Skills and
- Other News
MEETINGS, SEMINARS & EXHIBITIONS 2018
APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME DATES 2018
MOD 13: Feb 20-22 at Resdev, Elland
MOD 13 (Polydeck apprentices only): Mar 13-15 at Polydeck Group Training Facility, Peterborough
MOD 14: Apr 11-12 at Instarmac, Tamworth
MOD 11: Feb 7-8 at Sika, Welwyn Garden City
MOD 12: May 9-10 at Arturo, Rugby
MOD 6-9: Feb 7-9 at DSA, Nottingham
MOD 10: Apr 18-19 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
|| MOD 1-3: Mar 21-22 at Ibis, Rugby
|| MOD 12: Apr 25-26 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
|| MOD 6-9: Feb 7-9 at DSA, Nottingham
FeRFA MEETINGS AND EVENTS 2018
FeRFA Council Meetings: Mar 7, Jun 20, Sep 19
FeRFA Technical Meeting: TBC
FeRFA MEMBERS' NEWS
FeRFA members can add news stories via the Members Area of the website. For more information on how to access this facility contact FeRFA.
Use the following links for more COMPANY NEWS or you can go to specific CASE STUDIES and GALLERIES
- As part of its ongoing expansion programme in the UK, IKEA announced plans to open new stores in Reading, Exeter and Sheffield. Reading, the first of the three stores to be built, featured a new design and was to become the template for future store builds in the UK. Read more...
- ACO Building Drainage
- Sikafloor supplied the solution when the owners of a tea processing plant required a new surface installed without interruption to warehouse staff or production. Read more...
- Sika Ltd & Mike Thelwell Flooring Ltd
- IFT was contracted to carry out flooring services on the brand new Lochore Meadow’s visitor centre which is currently under construction. Read more...
- Integrated Flooring Technologies
- Leading hygienic flooring and drainage specialists Kemtile has just moved to new premises on Taylor Business Park in Warrington - taking 16,000 sq. ft. of office and warehouse space. Read more...
- The client required a seamless resin flooring system that would offer a longterm solution against possible floods, should a piece of plant fail. Read more...
- Central Flooring Services Ltd & Flowcrete UK Ltd
- See the latest vacancies in the resin flooring industry
- Visit the FeRFA Situations Vacant page here...
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