INCA Awards Dinner 2017

Mitch Gee INCA Awards 2017

INCA Executive Chairman, Mitch Gee

INCA Awards Dinner

It was great to see so many familiar faces turn out at the recent INCA Awards Dinner, many of whom have been in the industry for over 25 years. It was a great night, and one which I hope everyone enjoyed.

At the awards, I tried to make the point that with EWI we are not dealing with a new technology. It is tried and tested, and has been successfully insulating homes in both low-rise and high-rise applications for over 25 years. That said, we should not be complacent and we will learn from recent events.

It is important to remember that we have only insulated 4% of the solid wall properties in the UK, so despite being a well-established industry, the potential for growth is enormous. Also, we must not forget that we are so much more than just insulation! The awards demonstrated this by showcasing such an array of projects, and EWI encompasses many types of construction in both the new build and retrofit sector.

Please give us your feedback on how we can improve the event for next year. I think we have ‘done’ rugby, so any suggestions for a headline speaker will be appreciated. It would be nice to receive an award from someone less than 6’ 5’’. How much is Frankie Dettori?

INCA promoted the winning and shortlisted projects, as well as the sponsors on the Construction Enquirer and Architects Journal websites. RCI Magazine also sent two solus e-blasts to approximately 30,000 building professionals. The reach of the INCA Awards means that it is worth considering what you will enter next year!

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Training and Skills: Introducing Bridge into Construction

Bridge into Construction

INCA Executive Chairman, Mitch Gee

Bridge into Construction Launches at Sheffield College

On the 28th September 2017, I attended the launch of a new education programme, Bridge into Construction at Sheffield College. The programme is the result of a partnership between Build UK and Collab Group, which represent leading colleges. The objective is to increase the number of young people entering the construction industry. Ian Pretty, CEO of Collab Group, clearly expressed how important the construction industry is to the UK economy. It is worth a staggering £90 billion and employs 2.93 million people. Therefore, it is vital to get our training right!

With skills shortages, Brexit looming and the reduction in the availability of migrant labour (combined with the ticking time bomb that is the aging demographic of our industry), construction has been ‘crying out’ for a solution! Bridge into Construction is a course that will produce college leavers with a holistic knowledge of construction. This will allow them to make an informed decision about whether it’s for them and which element they wish to pursue.

The course provides an opportunity to get a basic understanding of all aspects of construction, including design, trade skills and facility management. Not only will college leavers gain an appreciation of the industry, they will also get the opportunity to develop their numeracy and literacy skills. Furthermore, the course aims to make students ‘work ready’, with a view to gaining an apprenticeship or job.

At the launch, Susannah Nichol, Chief Executive of build UK, passionately communicated the need for the best young people to enter construction, and come out of college “oven ready” for the work place. The current construction opportunities are fragmented and confusing for the potential employer, which the Bridge into Construction programme addresses. It is important that we open up the doors of our companies to young people, so they are able to sample what is required of them when they enter the work place.

The pilot scheme starts in October 2017 at Sheffield College and South Thames College and is set to roll out across the country to over 300 colleges. If you require further information or wish to get involved please contact INCA.

Introducing Mitch Gee, INCA Executive Chairman

INCA Executive Chairman, Mitch Gee

INCA Executive Chairman, Mitch Gee

Why INCA, why now?

I have recently taken on the role of INCA Executive Chairman. I will be working for you – our members, to deliver our vision and strategy over the coming months. In practice that means engaging current members, recruiting new members and engaging with our myriad stakeholders. It also means doing what we do so well around provision of technical support, sharing best practice, and further raising the profile of INCA – as the body that upholds standards in EWI.

In 2016, I wrote the blog post, ‘Vision for the EWI Industry’ and said that “quality had to be at the heart of everything we do in the External Wall Insulation sector.” Eighteen months on, the same is true, now more than ever. We are in a place of opportunity, where decisive leadership and proper representation are key to our success. INCA is ready and able to provide this to its members.

The EWI sector faces unprecedented challenges. We, in construction owe it to the people who lost their lives in the Grenfell tragedy to learn the lessons of what went wrong, and to evolve our practice to ensure that we uphold the strictest safety standards. And beyond that, as INCA members we must ensure our voice is heard in promoting EWI, and utilise the huge benefits that we can offer our clients.

There is no denying that this is a challenging time for INCA and its members, but there is undoubtedly huge opportunity. I am optimistic that we can grow the Association and deliver our vision of: “Exclusively representing the external wall insulation industry”.

We would love to hear what you, our members want from your trade association.

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