Monthly Archives: July 2011

Train4TradeSkills Blasts into Social Media

If you are a regular visitor of Train4TradeSkills News (and let’s be frank, you should be) then you will know all about where Train4TradeSkills is on social media, and how you can visit our pages on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube and Foursquare etc.

But up until now, you couldn’t listen to the latest T4TS Radio shows, tweets or Facebook updates on the main Train4TradeSkills site (www.train4tradeskills.com  ) Not any more…

From today, the Train4TradeSkills website will now feature new social media links. We already had the buttons to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Train4TradeSkills News, but now we take the interactive experience to the next level with new audio and video on the site.

The Train4TradeSkills website now features a Youtube player, which shows all our videos on Youtube, an AudioBoo player, which now means you can listen to the 50+ Train4TradeSkills Radio shows in one place, and links to Plumbline, our FREE iPhone app for plumbers.

Have a listen, watch the videos and all you need to do from now on is go to www.train4tradeskills.com

For all the latest construction news, radio shows, and news related to your course, remember to visit Train4TradeSkills News, for your daily slice of construction news and analysis.

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Stephen’s Train4TradeSkills Blog: 25 July

If you are a regular reader of Stephen’s blog, you will know that he is training to be a plumber with Train4TradeSkills and blogs about how he is getting on every week.

To read previous posts by Stephen, visit his blog at www.stephenwithtrain4tradeskills.blogspot.com and speak to him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stepo1

Here’s Stephen’s latest blog:

On my last blog I talked about the job I had applied for, which is a plumbing apprenticeship with Pennaf Housing Ltd. Just to let you know I got through the first stage and have been shortlisted, which I’m really happy with.

I found out that 113 people applied for the two jobs, which is a three year plumbing apprenticeship. They then cut it down to 13 people and 10 people arrived to the assessment day, and I was one of the 10 people chosen.

I had to go to a meeting at EF offices at St Asaph in North Wales, where we had an overview of Pennaf Housing and what the job involves. On the assessment day, we had to undertake a number of tests, an interview and a practical task.

I feel I coped well with this and told them all about my work on the course, how I have got to Unit 25, my practical training and plumbing work experience, and they said they thought highly of my application, which is good.

They are due to invite 6 people to another interview on Monday (today) and then they will decide who will get the 2 places. I’ll have more on my blog next week about whether I get through.

 

Manchester to follow in London’s footsteps with new construction boom

Train4TradeSkills Blog Co-op NOMA ManchesterManchester is set to experience a rise in new offices in the city, as developers are set to launch a flurry of new schemes.

Following on from the construction work of the new Co-op Headquarters in Manchester, commercial office projects are set to rise considerably over the next few years, which can only be good news for contractors looking for jobs in Manchester.

Construction Enquirer report these projects include a new 350,000 sq ft office tower in the city’s Spinningfield’s district and a new office at One St Peter’s Square, with Bam Construction leading the way with the £60 million plans.

Other new schemes in the city include insurance group AXA’s plans to demolish the Peterloo House office block and replace it with brand new 12-storey offices, which will cost around £50 million.

These investments in new office schemes in Manchester mark a trend in the city, according to DTZ Investment Director Mike Mitchell, who says investors are starting to focus away from prime markets in the City of London and the West End, with their high rents and costs.

This flurry of new offices in Manchester is good news for the construction industry and contractors who live in or around the city. Manchester follows in London example, as £21 billion worth of new construction projects are set to go ahead or are in the pipeline in the capital before 2020.

 

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Joe talks about his plumbing training

Joe Barker-Platt is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Joe to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Joe’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills News: What effect has the 2012 Olympics had on the UK Construction Industry?

As construction work on the 2012 Olympics in London is nearly complete ahead of the big event next summer, now seems to be a good time to look at what the Olympics has done for the construction industry.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) revealed this week that 98% of construction contracts for the 2012 Games have been awarded to UK firms, which is an impressive statistic. 240 companies and sub-contractors have been involved in the Olympic projects in London, which range from the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park and Village and multiple other venues.

The ODA’s chairman John Armitt has said that the Olympics us a “great showcase for UK industry” and that “The Olympic Park is on schedule and budget and we have successfully hit all of our milestones over the last five years.”

I have to agree. The Olympics has been a great advert for the UK construction industry, as the projects have been completed on time and to an excellent standard. And there’s the part that the Olympics has created over 12,500 construction jobs, and provided at least 3,500 trainees the opportunity to work on key projects.

It’s also shown what the UK construction industry can do, and can hopefully lead to more work for UK contractors abroad, in events like the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

What do you think – what effect has the 2012 Olympics had on the UK construction industry? Let us know by commenting below or on the Train4TradeSkills Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Tom talks about his plumbing training

Tom Henderson is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Tom Jinks from T4TS Radio spoke to Tom to find out how he was getting on with his training:

You can listen to Tom’s interview on the Train4TradeSkills Radio Blog at www.train4tradeskills.blogspot.com or download to iTunes from the AudioBoo app at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills News: Plans to redevelop Kings Reach tower given green light

The Kings Reach Tower in London is set to be transformed from office space into a residential tower, after developers were given the green light to start work.

KPF(Kohn Pederson Fox) have designed the plans for Kings Reach, which is situated on London’s South Bank, which will see the office space replaced by 177 new flats and luxury penthouses. The project has now been granted planning approval and is set to go ahead.

Building News reports that the work on the tower is expected to start in early 2012 and will see the Kings Reach building made bigger by adding a further six storeys, taking it to 132m (compared to the original height of 111m).

The original Kings Reach tower was built in 1972 by John Laing Construction, and served as the headquarters of IPC Media up until 2007, the publishers of numerous magazines, including NME, Loaded and Nuts magazine.

Now KPF are redesigning the building for the 21st century, in the latest of a number of big projects from the architects, who have designed buildings across the world in countries like China, Hong Kong and Japan.

This project will likely create new construction jobs in London for plumbers, builders and electricians. It also comes at a time when London is experiencing a mini “construction boom”, as £21 billion worth of construction projects are going ahead in the capital before 2020.

Read “Is London set for a construction boom?” on Train4TradeSkills News

 

Construction giants team up to build new Northern homes

Britain’s biggest house builder has joined forces with one of Britain’s biggest developers to potentially build thousands of homes across the North of England.

House builder Barratt has signed a deal with developer Peel Group to build over 1,000 homes across the North on sites in Liverpool, Wigan, Manchester and South Yorkshire. The whole project could be worth an estimated £200 million over the next five years.

Construction Enquirer report that Baratt are set to apply for planning permission and will start by building around 500 homes in Wigan and South Liverpool. Then additional homes will be built on sites in Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and Cheshire.

This project and the partnership between Baratt and Peel will likely create new jobs for contractors across the North, with construction jobs to be created in cities like Manchester and Liverpool.

Baratt’s decision to deal with joint ventures is also a sensible one. Due to the fragile state of the economy, if a contractor takes on too much and cannot deliver, there is a chance there could be another Rok on the horizon. By partnering up with another company, there is less risk involved, as shown in Barratt’s partnership with London & Quadrant to built new homes around the Emirates stadium in London, home of the football side Arsenal, which we featured on Train4TradeSkills News last month.

What do you think – do you live up North? Are you excited by these plans? Let us know what you think in the comment box below:

 

Stephen’s Train4TradeSkills Blog: 20 July

If you are a regular reader of Stephen’s blog, you will know that he is training to be a plumber with Train4TradeSkills and blogs about how he is getting on every week.

To read previous posts by Stephen, visit his blog at www.stephenwithtrain4tradeskills.blogspot.com and speak to him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stepo1

Here’s Stephen’s latest blog:

I’ve applied for the job that I was talking about last week – the plumbing and engineering apprenticeship with Pennaf Housing Group. It’s a 3 year apprenticeship and I hit all the criteria, so I’m feeling positive about it and hope I can be shortlisted.

The closing day for applications is today, and if I’m successful I will go to an assessment day on Friday. If I do get the job then it is full-time and I plan to work it around the course. It will be useful as it will give me more plumbing experience to go with my existing training.

I would like to thank the Train4TradeSkills tutors, particularly Corina, as she has been very helpful with the application and what to put down.

Apart from that, I haven’t been doing much else. I’ve finished my first quilt on Saturday, which I’m really proud of.

I’ll have more on my blog next week about how I’ve got on with the job application.

 

The Best Bits from Train4TradeSkills Daily: 20 July

Featuring the best bits and all the latest news from our Twitter pages, the Train4TradeSkills Daily has all the latest news, analysis and job news for plumbers, electricians and anyone in the construction industry.

If you are on Twitter, you can follow Train4TradeSkills on www.twitter.com/t4ts and see the daily paper at http://paper.li/T4TSNews

Here’s the latest edition of Train4TradeSkills Daily: