FeRFA E-Newsletter February 2018

IN THIS ISSUE

TRAINING NEWS - new apprenticeship start date, updates from February training modules and new start date for NVQL3 course
TECHNICAL - IBA approval for technical guidance note
ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT - this month we look at Component Developments and Dural
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

TRAINING NEWS

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 secretariat@ferfa.org.uk.

RESIN 18 TAKE RESIN SCREEDS MODULE

The Resin 18 apprentices spent three days as Resdev’s training facility in Elland this month being taught how to lay screeds and create covings. The apprentices had plenty of practical hands-on experience and the group thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to apply quartz materials and gain practice on their trowel work to take those skills into the workplace. Resin 16 Mod 12 Image
Boud Minerals kindly supplied the quartz mix for the Resdev screed – all of which was donated free of charge. The apprentices were able to perfect their techniques in screeding and coving working on purpose built wooden frames. Boud Minerals Logo
Apprentices in this group are Craig Bowden (Britannia Industrial Flooring), Jordan Kingston (Coatech), Meshach Barrow, Daniel Dainty, Joe Walters (John Lord), Philip Rockett, Craig MacGregor (Euro Resin Solutions).

RESIN 19 COMPLETE RESIN SEALS AND COATINGS MODULE

Sika hosted Resin Group 19 in Welwyn Garden City this month for module 11 – resin seals and coating.

FeRFA trainer Terry Foxley led the two day course, covering types, application techniques and substrate preparation. The second day covered testing, slip resistance, waste disposal and environmental considerations, as well as giving the apprentice hands on experience of mixing and applying the materials..

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Apprentices in this group are Liam Griffin (Britannia Industrial Flooring Ltd), Neil Garnon (F&G Industrial), Mitchell Cross (Orchid Flooring), Luke Oliver, Adam Oliver, Nicholas Lancaster (Polydeck Resins), Ben Tanner and Stefan Mordecai (TPS360), Gregor Eckert (Veitchi Industrial).

RESIN 20 COMPLETE MODULES AT DSA

The Drilling and Sawing Association were the hosts for Resin 20 and Prep 10 this month. The group covered first aid, manual handling, asbestos awareness, abrasive wheels, and forming saw cuts (Resin 20 only).

Apprentices in Resin 20 are: David Lee (L&S Finishes), Thomas Ward (Surtech), Shane Cashin (Polydeck Group), Khian Humphreys (Page Industrial Flooring), Gerard McNulty and Matthew Longthorne (Reprotec).

Apprentices in Prep 10 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.

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 secretariat@ferfa.org.uk.

RIBA APPROVAL FOR TECHNICAL GUIDANCE NOTE

Technical Guidance Note 15 – Guide to The Specification and Application of Screeds has been approved by RIBA.

You can read the Guidance Note here.

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ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT

Component Developments

Component Developments is a market leader in the design, manufacture and supply of stainless steel floor drainage, manhole cover and surface protection products for the construction industry. With 30 years’ experience in the industry, Component Developments has built a reputation for quality and responsiveness. Utilising a vastly experienced workforce to produce a range of products, specifically designed to meet our customers’ individual project needs, specification, budget and project schedule.


Dural (UK) Ltd

Dural (UK) Ltd is a German owned company established in the UK in 1992, offering high quality products and service levels, and marketing support such as catalogues and samples. Providers of accessories and profiles for increasing the longevity of resin installations, from various capping profiles to preformed Speckled Movement Joints which can be completely colour matched to your projects. Dural’s catalogue is just the starting point providing bespoke profiles to solve the problem faced on site.

01924 360110

www.dural.co.uk

Unit 6a Wakefield Business Centre Denby Dale Road Wakefield West Yorkshire WF2 7AZ


FeRFA's RECYCLING SCHEME

RECYCLING - ARE YOU TAKING PART?

If you are not already submitting your recycling data in 2018 please start doing this now to qualify for the recycling logo within your FeRFA website entry.

It is easy to do using the datasheet (if not using Reconomy) – 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. If it isn’t then ask them why not. The spreadsheet includes a graph, automatically generated from your figures – which you can show to prospective clients.

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:
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

FeRFA INSURANCE WEBSITE SUPPORTED BY COBRA INSURANCE BROKERS

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 howard.collins@cobrainsurance.co.uk 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.

Busy management teams don’t always have time to stay abreast of changing employment legislation or health and safety policies, but not having a full understanding could lead to costly employment tribunals and HSE prosecutions.

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

OTHER NEWS

CITB EMPLOYER FORUMS NEAR YOU

CITB are hosting a series of Employer Forums this March and April. At the events they will be sharing our continued vision for CITB and what these changes mean for the Industry. They will be providing an update on the Grants Scheme reform and the CITB Training Directory and Register along with how you can access CITB funding.

Book an event near you here.

CSCS ANNUAL REVIEW 2017 PUBLISHED

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.

Read more.

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.

ARE YOU READY FOR GENDER PAY REPORTING?

Gender Pay Reporting legislation will come into full effect from 4 April 2018.

The legislation requires large companies with more than 250 employees across all industries to publish their gender pay gap annually. The legislation aims to increase pay transparency by reporting the overall difference in hourly pay between men and women and also look at the bonus pay gap. Read more here.

MEETINGS, SEMINARS & EXHIBITIONS 2018

APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME DATES 2018

Resin 18 MOD 13 (Polydeck apprentices only): Mar 13-15 at Polydeck Group Training Facility, Peterborough
MOD 14: Apr 11-12 at Instarmac, Tamworth
Resin 19 MOD 12: May 9-10 at Arturo, Rugby
Resin 20 MOD 10: Apr 18-19 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
MOD 11: Jul 11-12 at Sika, Welwyn Garden City
Resin 21 MOD 1-3: Mar 21-22 at Ibis, Rugby
Prep 9 MOD 12: Apr 25-26 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
MOD 13: Jun 27-28 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
Prep 10 MOD 10: Apr 10-12 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln
MOD 11: Jun 20-21 at The Preparation Group, Lincoln

FeRFA MEETINGS AND EVENTS 2018

FeRFA Council Meetings: Mar 7, Jun 27, Sep 19
FeRFA Technical Meeting: TBC

FeRFA MEMBERS' NEWS