Monthly Archives: April 2012

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Adam Hiles talks about electrical training with T4TS, Part 2

Adam Hiles  is training to become an electrician with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Adam to find out how his electrical course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Adam via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills   

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The University of Birmingham Expansion Plan to Go Ahead

The building construction industry is to receive a £175 million investment as the University of Birmingham is going ahead with a £175 million expansion programme.

The expansion, which is funded by the university and alumni donations, will include the building of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a new library, improving the university’s current sports facilities and student accommodation. The redevelopment plan was submitted to Birmingham City Council which is expected to give the green light for the five-year investment programme; likely to create new jobs in the building construction sector.

The Birmingham Mail reported today that plans for the sports centre will include Birmingham’s only 50- metre swimming pool, a sports hall that will host national sporting events and a gym where students can take part in a variety of sporting activities. The renovation will also include building dance studios and a high performance research centre as well as a new library with a cultural hub which will be open to the public.

It is hoped that the redevelopment scheme and the planned sports centre will cement the university’s reputation as one of the leading sporting universities in the UK.

Director of Estates, Ian Barker, told the Construction Enquirer that the project will benefit not only students and staff, but also local people who will be able to use the new facilities, helping the local economy and boosting economic growth.

Mr Baker said: “Although we are very proud of the current Edgbaston campus these are significant and exciting projects that will benefit students, staff and the local area. The University was founded to be an asset for the city and these plans have that aim in mind.

“For that reason, a number of developments, like the proposed new sports centre, swimming pool and the cultural hub, focus on facilities that will benefit the community as well as staff and students.

“We also hope that extending student accommodation and staff car parking on campus will relieve pressure on Selly Oak. Our plans also envisage a reduction in the University’s environmental impact and carbon footprint.”

What is your reaction to the redevelopment programme announced by the University of Birmingham?  What could be the benefits to you or your business? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below: 

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Adam Hiles talks about electrical training with T4TS

Adam Hiles  is training to become an electrician with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Adam to find out how his electrical course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Adam via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills   


Prime Minister Cameron supports the Renewable Energy Sector

Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed a £350 million investment for energy projects which will create hundreds of new jobs across the UK, the official website of Number 10 Downing Street announced today.

The Prime Minister, who attended Clean Energy Ministerial Conference in London, told ministers from the world’s most polluting countries that he passionately believed in the rapid growth of renewable energy.

Mr Cameron emphasised the contribution that Britain has already made in the renewable energy sector, Britain has invested a total value of £4.7 billion and supported 15,000 jobs in the UK’s renewable industry

He said: “Renewables are now the fastest growing energy source on the planet. And I am proud that Britain has played a leading role at the forefront of this green energy revolution.

“Britain has gone from virtually no capacity for renewables, to seeing them provide almost 10 per cent of our total electricity needs last year. And we’ve added more capacity for renewables in the last two years than at any time in the last decade.”

The Prime Minister said: “Our commitment and investment in renewable energy has helped to make renewable energy possible. Now we have a different challenge. We need to make it financially sustainable.”

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) welcomed the acknowledgment by the Prime Minister today that the renewables are the fastest growing energy sector in the world, but said that the government should understand better the benefits of renewable energy investment, including the creation of more jobs.

The Chairman at REA, Martin Wright, said:  “There is a tendency to focus on the costs of renewables as opposed to the benefits. Renewables give us energy independence, they are totally sustainable, there is no waste, and in the long term they will provide low cost energy and, above all, price stability.”

What is your reaction to the address by David Cameron to the renewable energy sector? Do you feel more optimistic about the future of renewables in the UK? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below:  

Funding for Innovative Solutions in the Low Carbon Industry

A £35 million investment to develop low carbon technology and create innovative ideas to improve energy efficiency has been announced today by the Energy and Climate Change Secretary.

Prior to hosting the International Conference on Clean Energy in London this week Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey, said that innovation in developing green technology should be a key drive in tackling climate change as well as improving energy efficiency.

Mr Davey said:  “Part of the way that we’re going to tackle climate change and get clean energy is through innovation, particularly with small and medium entrepreneurs.

“We’re allocating a fund of £35 million which will help innovators and entrepreneurs develop and demonstrate low carbon technologies.”

He commented: “The first wave is going to be in energy efficiency in buildings, things like advanced lighting, heat pumps, ventilation technologies and so on. This is a practical way that we can make sure we get to the low carbon economy.”

Small and medium businesses will be able to benefit from the financial support of £35 million over the next three years by demonstrating their ideas and improving energy efficiency in the UK. Firms can apply for up to £1 million funding from the government which is expected to help them secure additional investment from the private sector.

In addition to the announced funding opportunities for the renewable sector, a new dedicated low carbon funding navigator will go live tomorrow. The website will help users and a wide range of businesses to search for the latest funding opportunities in the low-carbon industry. It will help industry professionals to find the right partners and build collaborative ventures.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change expects that by creating the new service and placing valuable information at users’ fingertips it will help smaller businesses to reduce wasted time and missed opportunities.

What do you think about the £35 million energy fund that will provide innovative support for small and medium businesses? How could you or your business benefit from this investment? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below:  

Housebuilder Redrow to Boost the Building Construction Industry

As reported by BBC News today, homebuilder Redrow has announced plans to raise £80 million of new shares to fund its expansion plans, which will create growth opportunities for the building construction sector.

Redrow has secured planning for more than 3,000 plots across the UK and acquired new sites totalling £50 million which are likely to create more employment opportunities for trade professionals. The housebuilder told the Financial Times that it intended to acquire more land ‘as and when opportunities arose’, as well as developing land bought cheaply during the recession.

Steve Morgan, Executive Chairman at Redrow, outlined the significant growth opportunities for the London area and other regions by saying that the firm will continue to follow its existing strategy for growth.

Mr Morgan, who is also the owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, said Redrow has made good progress in selling high-quality family homes and that the firm will continue to pave the way for more work in the future, increasing confidence in the housing market.

He said: “We now believe the time is right to accelerate that strategy by taking advantage of the development opportunities we see.”

What is your reaction to the announcement by housebuilder Redrow to raise significant investment and boost the housing market? How do you think trade professionals could benefit from this?  Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below:  

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Louis Blache talks about plumbing training with T4TS, Part 2

Louis Blache is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Louis to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to Louis’s Interview from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills    

New Report Says the UK Renewable Sector Could Create Millions of New Jobs

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) published a report today  showing that meeting the UK’s renewable energy targets by the end of 2020 could create 400,000 jobs in the renewable energy sector.

The report ‘Renewable Energy: Made in Britain’, looks at employment figures for the entire UK’s renewable sector. It has estimated that the renewable industry was worth £12.5 billion in 2010/11 and supported 110,000 jobs.  The new report suggests that employment across the renewable sector would rise significantly, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs by the end of this decade.

Launching the report, REA’s Chief Executive Gaynor Hartnell welcomed the findings of the report by saying that it is vital for the UK to keep on track with its commitments to meet the renewable energy targets by the end of 2020 as well as encourage economic growth and create more green jobs.

Ms Hartnell said: “Harnessing our renewables creates employment and means that rather than spending money on energy imports we can keep it circulating in the UK economy. Government needs to take steps to build the skills base and keep the UK on track to meet its renewables targets. When it comes to the employment, economic and energy challenges we face, the answer is clear – make it renewable and make it in Britain.”

Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Climate Change, said: “Renewable energy not only provides us with clean and secure energy that cuts our reliance on imported fossil fuels – it generates billions of pounds of investment and potentially hundreds and thousands of jobs and is a key growth sector for the UK economy.”

What is your reaction to the report by the REA which suggests plenty of employment opportunities for people in the renewable industry? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below:  

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Louis Blache talks about plumbing training with T4TS, Part 1

Louis Blache is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Louis to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to Louis’s Interview from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills    

EU: Millions of Jobs Could be Created in the Renewable Sector

Business Green reported today that a new job plan estimated to create 20 million jobs across Europe will boost the renewable sector and make low-carbon industries central to the 27 EU member states.

The proposed job package could create millions of new jobs in Europe’s construction, recycling and renewable industry. The scheme has been launched to deal with high level of unemployment in countries across the European Union and is expected to create long-term job opportunities.

European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, welcomed the proposals saying that energy efficiency measures could lead to 2 million jobs in the renewable industry by the end of 2020, Business Green reported.

Commissioner Hedegaard encouraged EU member states to comply with energy-efficiency targets set in the Energy Efficiency Directive which was introduced to improve energy efficiency by helping consumers using energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain.

Ms Hedegaard emphasised the importance of the renewable industry for creation of jobs and future economic growth.  “If Europe does not step up its green economy efforts, we risk losing an immense source of quality jobs,” she said. “If we water down our efforts on energy efficiency, we water down the job potential as well.”

What is your reaction to the new job plan likely to create millions of jobs in the renewable sector? Are you more optimistic about the future of the renewable sector? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below: