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IAPAS 2019 shortlist announced after judges' meeting in Amsterdam

4 February 2019 Email this article

  The shortlist for the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) 2019 has been announced, following a meeting of the judges’ panel in Amsterdam, Netherlands. More than 100 entries were received for this year’s prestigious awards. The winners will be announced on the evening of the IPAF Summit 2019 in Dubai, UAE, on Wednesday 6 March – the first time it has been stage ... more

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Combined Action Needed To Tackle Severe Skills Shortages

4 February 2019 Email this article

Nine leading construction bodies have joined together to call for united action between industry and government to address skills pinch-points such as the dearth of supervisors, operatives and quantity surveyors. The organisations – Association for Consultancy & Engineering, Build UK, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Construction Plant-hire Association, Construction Prod ... more

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Homeowners should plan seven months ahead for home improvement projects, says Federation of Master Builders

4 February 2019 Email this article

Demand for builders means that homeowners must plan up to seven months ahead if they want a successful home improvement project, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Existing research from the FMB revealed that consumers should expect to wait at least four months’ for a quality builder to be available. However, the FMB’s latest research reveals ... more

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Guidance for businesses: EU Settlement Scheme presents challenges for construction workers, suggests trade body

4 February 2019 Email this article

The Home Office has launched the public test phase of the EU settlement scheme, before its full launch on 29 March 2019. EU nationals who have the following can now start to use the EU settlement scheme to secure their residence rights: ·       An email address ·       A current EU passport ·  & ... more

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MEWP simulators should enhance but not replace existing training, says IPAF.

4 February 2019 Email this article

Technologies including virtual reality (VR) and mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) simulators will soon be enhancing operator training, though not likely to replace practical testing in the foreseeable future, according to a comprehensive eXtended Reality (XR) strategy paper published by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). Last year, the trade body led an industry-wide ... more

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Cherry picker capers in Gloucester and Leeds

4 February 2019 Email this article

Cherry pickers in Gloucester and Leeds have been no strangers to adventure in the past few weeks after two models were commandeered, once by criminals and once by the crime-fighters trying to apprehend a thief who had got himself into a tight spot. Gloucester Live reported that earlier this month a group of youths took a cherry picker for an illicit spin around Quedgeley Retail Park, an out-of-to ... more

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Levy is causing apprenticeship take-up to plummet, says FMB

5 January 2019 Email this article

Apprenticeship starts are falling because of the Apprenticeship Levy, which needs to be made more flexible, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB’s reaction is in response to statistics published in December by the Department for Education, which show that there has been a 24% fall in apprenticeship starts for the 2017/18 academic year compared with figures fr ... more

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CPA Card Scheme Open Meetings 2019

5 January 2019 Email this article

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has announced that it will hold a number of open meetings to discuss the future of card schemes in 2019. This comes after delegates at a CPA-organised Training of Plant in Construction (TOPIC) event held in April 2018 discussed the interface of plant-based card schemes and construction sector employers. The driver for discussion was the announcement ... more

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CITB VISION 2020: CITB to award outsourcing contract to SSCL

5 January 2019 Email this article

The CITB has announced its intention to sign an enabling partner agreement with SSCL (Shared Services Connected Ltd), which will see the company take over a number of key activities on behalf of the trade body. This new partnership comes as part of CITB’s Vision 2020 programme of reform to better meet the demands of the British construction industry. CITB will take on a more strateg ... more

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Launch of Revised Construction Plant Medical Fitness Good Practice Guide

5 January 2019 Email this article

The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG), chaired by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA), has launched a refreshed version of the ‘Medical Fitness to Operate Construction Plant - Good Practice Guide’. The 52-page Good Practice Guide has primarily been revised to take into account the Data Protection Act 2018, which incorporates the European General Data Protecti ... more

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