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.

Please get in touch

The Bonfield Review: Better late than never?

Managing Director, Bevan Jones (Sustainable Homes)

Original Blog:

The Bonfield Review – Each Home Counts, snuck out in December to as much fanfare as you could expect on a Friday afternoon a week before Christmas. The outcomes of Dr Peter Bonfield’s review have been long awaited. The much delayed report has been eagerly anticipated, but a quick reminder of the scope of the review is needed:

When choosing to install energy efficiency or renewable energy measures in their homes, consumers rely on a framework of standards to ensure that they are protected and get a good quality outcome.

…This review will draw together evidence in relation to weaknesses in the existing framework of standards and propose how it can be made more robust for consumers, while encouraging investment and promoting innovation.

The review will cover the following issues:

  • Consumer advice and protection: what supports consumers’ decisions ahead of an installation and what assistance is available when things go wrong?
  • Standards framework: what ensures that the right products are fitted to the right properties in the right way during the installation?
  • Monitoring and enforcement: what ensures that poor quality work is dealt with effectively, and do the arrangements for audit, compliance-checking and sanctions provide sufficient assurance of this?

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