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Train4TradeSkills Weekend Catch Up: 8-14 August

In case you missed what’s going on during the week, Train4TradeSkills introduces the Weekend Catch-Up, which will have all of the best stories from our blogs (and a few others) and the latest plumbing, electrician and gas industry news from the last week.

Here are the top three stories from Train4TradeSkills News this week:

1) What effect will the UK Riots have on the construction industry?

FRIDAY: The Riots in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Bristol and Nottingham have seen thousands of youths take to the streets in an attempt to cause chaos through arson, vandalism and looting. Thousands of people have now been arrested, but what effect have the UK Riots had on the construction industry? Train4TradeSkills News takes a look. READ MORE>>

2) The Most Expensive Drain in Britain?

WEDNESDAY: A plumbing company has charged a customer £14,400 to unblock a drain. That’s a staggering £2880 an hour. Expensive? Just a bit. Train4TradeSkills debates whether this is acceptable or needs to be stopped. READ MORE>>

3) Canary Wharf tower to create 1000 new construction jobs

TUESDAY: A new tower in Canary Wharf in London is going ahead this Autumn and is expected to create around a thousands new jobs for contractors. READ MORE>>

 

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Train4TradeSkills Weekend Catch Up: 13-19 June

In case you missed what’s going on during the week, Train4TradeSkills introduces the WeekendCatch-Up, which will have all of the best stories from our blogs (and a few others) and the latest plumbing, electrician and construction industry news from the last week.

I’m going to take a different angle for you this week, and choose the top 3 stories from this week for you. So without further ado, here’s this week’s Weekend Catch Up for you:

1) Train4TradeSkills students give you advice on how to get jobs and work placements

FRIDAY: Are you looking for work experience as a plumber or electrician? At the moment it can be difficult, so Train4TradeSkills students who have got that experience tell you how to get it and share their advice, with Part 2 of Train4TradeSkills News’ work experience guide. READ MORE>>>

2) New figures create confusion over state of housing market

TUESDAY: New figures have slammed the state of the housing market, yet just like the state of the construction industry, which we wrote about last week, there are contradicting figures, like the ones from the Homes and Communities Agency, that suggest otherwise. READ MORE>>

3) How text messaging can help your plumbing or electrical business

THURSDAY: If you are a self-employed plumber or electrician, then you are going to want to communicate with existing customers to get more work. A new study has found text messaging is the best way to do that, and can greatly improve your business. READ MORE>>>

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Train4TradeSkills Weekend Catch Up: 6-12 June

In case you missed what’s going on during the week, Train4TradeSkills introduces the WeekendCatch-Up, which will have all of the best stories from our blogs (and a few others) and the latest plumbing, electrician and construction industry news from the last week.

I’m going to take a different angle for you this week, and choose the top 3 stories from this week for you. So without further ado, here’s this week’s Weekend Catch Up for you:

1) Are UK construction firms set to go into Libya?

FRIDAY: Colonel Gaddafi is a nightmare and is bombing is own people in Benghazi, destroying key infrastructure. UK firms could help out and go and help the rebels with the rebuilding. The sticking point? You guessed it, Gaddafi. READ MORE >>>

2) Confusion reigns over actual state of construction industry

MONDAY: It’s up, it’s down. I can’t keep track. One minute the construction industry is improving, jobs are up, companies are announcing big profits, and then it’s smack back down to reality with another damaging report. So what is the current state of the construction industry in 2011? We have a look. READ MORE>>>

3) Why youth is the elixir of life for ailing construction industry

THURSDAY: More new recruits and apprenticeships are needed to revitalise the construction industry. A number of construction experts speak out and say how they would fix the industry. READ MORE>>>

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Train4TradeSkills Weekend Catch Up: 23-29 May

In case you missed what’s going on during the week, Train4TradeSkills introduces the WeekendCatch-Up, which will have all of the best stories from our blogs (and a few others) and the latest plumbing, electrician and construction industry news from the last week.

Here’s this week’s Weekend Catch Up for you:

Train4TradeSkills Nick Electrician1) The Best Bits from the Train4TradeSkills Student Bloggers

MONDAY: Stephen’s Train4TradeSkills Blog: 23 May – http://bit.ly/lWryhj

TUESDAY: Nick talks about setting up his own electrical business – http://bit.ly/jAE2oF

WEDNESDAY: After his practical training, Cliff updates us all about his plumbing course in latest blog – http://bit.ly/jtY0Vr

2) Are UK firms set to enjoy Rio construction party?

FRIDAY: UK contractors to win work in Brazil for 2016 Olympics? – http://bit.ly/kiZZ43

3) Construction job frenzy in Liverpool and Swansea

THURSDAY: Swansea Council doing their bit to create construction jobs and apprenticeships – http://bit.ly/jiXN5D

WEDNESDAY: Liverpool Uni to get £600m overhaul – http://bit.ly/l63hsU

4) The Best Bits from Train4TradeSkills Radio

TUESDAY: Listen to Ken talk to T4TS Radio about his plumbing course – http://bit.ly/moOhEu

THURSDAY: Plumbing student Pete talks about his plumbing work experience and tells you how to go about arranging work placements – http://bit.ly/mI4OOq

5) Random News Section: what’s going on in construction this week?

MONDAY: Nick Clegg unveils his political masterpiece  – the Green Investment Bank – http://bit.ly/jjXeJt

FRIDAY: Anglo-French relations heat up as plans for new £217 million Channel tunnel electricity plans unveiled – http://bit.ly/jI1SdR

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Train4TradeSkills Weekend Catch Up: 16-22 May

In case you missed what’s going on during the week, Train4TradeSkills introduces the WeekendCatch-Up, which will have all of the best stories from our blogs (and a few others) and the latest plumbing, electrician and construction industry news from the last week.

Here’s this week’s Weekend Catch Up for you:

1) The Best Blogs from the Train4TradeSkills Student Bloggers

MONDAY: Daniel talks Learning Lounge and the BS 7671 in latest blog – http://bit.ly/im0pRw

TUESDAY: Cliff’s Diary from his practical training – Part 2 – http://bit.ly/luTUZQ

2) T4TS Students spill the beans on work placements

THURSDAY: Train4TradeSkills students tell us how they managed to get work placements and give you advice on how to get them – http://bit.ly/isryoq

THURSDAY: Introducing… the Train4TradeSkills How to Guides Blog – http://bit.ly/lrTFKz

3) Britain goes renewable crazy!

FRIDAY: Scotland goes on 100% renewable energy charge – http://bit.ly/irrYWD

WEDNESDAY: Chief UK energy inspector gives nuclear energy seal of approval – http://bit.ly/kzYUke

4) The Best Bits from Train4TradeSkills Radio

TUESDAY: Bernard talks about his job as a drugs counsellor, job offers in America and his plumbing course – http://bit.ly/j503KA

THURSDAY: Syed speaks to T4TS Radio about his plumbing training and future business plans – http://bit.ly/jxtJ9v

5) Random News Section: what’s been going on in construction this week?

MONDAY: Cheesegrater project gets boost as Aon grabs a slice (sorry about the awful pun) – http://bit.ly/inCcgN

TUESDAY: They haven’t got relegated (which is a big surprise in itself), so West Brom celebrate by renovating the Hawthorns – http://bit.ly/iHf42r

FRIDAY: Inside Gary Neville’s new flower-shaped eco-home (PICS) – Construction Enquirer – http://bit.ly/l9Dl19

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The Train4TradeSkills Weekend Catch Up: 25 April-8 May

In case you missed what’s going on during the week, Train4TradeSkills introduces the WeekendCatch-Up, which will have all of the best stories from our blogs (and a few others) and the latest plumbing, electrician and construction industry news from the last week.

We’ve been away for the last few weeks (blame all the bank holidays for that), so we’ve got a “2 for 1” offer this week and combining two weeks together for one amazing Train4TradeSkills Weekend Catch Up.

1) The Best Blogs from the Train4TradeSkills Student Bloggers

27 APRIL: Daniel tells us how his training to be an electrician is going – http://bit.ly/hnigpE

4 MAY: Cliff’s about to go on his practical training – and he tells us how he’s feeling – http://bit.ly/l5EePA

2) You may know it from Call of Duty 4, but Chernobyl celebrates 25th birthday

26 APRIL: The worst nuclear accident in history – Chernobyl: 25 years on – http://bit.ly/gNVryI

3) GDP, Cameron speaks out and the big guns thrive – an up-and-down few weeks for construction

28 APRIL: GDP figures slam construction industry, but is it really that bad? – http://bit.ly/jkPuQD

28 APRIL: The PM wades in construction debate, as David Cameron wants to get UK building again – http://bit.ly/knhvij

5 MAY: The big boys prevail, as construction giants Costain, Morgan Sindall and Galliford Try reveal big profits and bulging order books – http://bit.ly/mkV9Yk

4) The Best Bits from Train4TradeSkills Radio

3 MAY: Michael Anderson talks to T4TS Radio about his plumbing course – http://bit.ly/mJUctk

4 MAY: Michael Parish speaks to T4TS Radio about his job as a plumber alongside his course – and tells us how he got it – http://bit.ly/kQwXyJ

6 MAY: Maureen tells T4TS Radio why she left her job as a construction buyer to take a plumber – http://bit.ly/leuuRc

5) Random News Section: what’s going on in construction this week

5 MAY: Construction boss swaps life on a building site for the boardroom and Lord Sugar and the Apprentice – http://bit.ly/mbSTvG

4 MAY: Green Deal’s not winning any popularity contests with contractors as they slam it in new survey – http://bit.ly/lvSkgt

 

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Train4TradeSkills Weekend Catch Up: 11-17 April

In case you missed what’s going on during the week, Train4TradeSkills introduces the Weekly Catch-Up, which will have all of the best stories from our blogs (and a few others) and the latest plumbing, electrician and gas industry news from the last week.

1) The Best Bits from the Train4TradeSkills Student Bloggers

TUESDAY: Stephen talks Train4TradeSkills, fault finding problems and how his home renovations are going – http://bit.ly/flMwHl 

WEDNESDAY: Cliff talks £5 cellars, bad formulas and plumbing training in latest blog – http://bit.ly/gBcsye

2) Unemployment in the UK decreases?

THURSDAY: UK Unemployment drops, but more needs to be done to get young people into work – http://bit.ly/gWMrRC

TUESDAY: Wates celebrate big profits by hiring 300 new construction staff – http://bit.ly/hQCI6D 

3) We go celebrity crazy with most famous plumbers and sparks:

FRIDAY: The Top 10 Most Famous Electricians EVER! – http://bit.ly/eva9HG

POST OF THE WEEK: The Top 10 Most Famous Plumbers EVER! – http://bit.ly/aplN9W 

4) The Best Bits from T4TS Radio:

TUESDAY: Rob talks to T4TS Radio about swapping being a postie for a sparkie – http://bit.ly/ex6raS

THURSDAY: Steve talks to T4TS about his electrical training – http://bit.ly/fU36Bp

Train4TradeSkills Blog Google Solar Power5) Random News Section – what’s going on in construction this week?

TUESDAY: What does a search engine and solar power have in common? Google invest in world’s largest solar farm – http://bit.ly/fUkbUF

FRIDAY: DIY goes terribly wrong as boiler installation cuts off gas supply of homes in Stoke – http://bit.ly/gZz4fW

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Train4TradeSkills Weekend Catch Up: 4-10 April

In case you missed what’s going on during the week, Train4TradeSkills introduces the Weekly Catch-Up, which will have all of the best stories from our blogs (and a few others) and the latest plumbing, electrician and gas industry news from the last week.

1) The best bits from the Train4TradeSkills Student Bloggers

MONDAY: Stephen blogs about how his Train4TradeSkills Course is going – http://bit.ly/g9Wa38

THURSDAY: Nick talks studying, old boilers and practicing electrics in latest blog – http://bit.ly/gsLxpc

2) UK still doing their bit to help Japan

TUESDAY: UK firm Aggreko to help provide energy to Japan as they deal with earthquake aftermath – http://bit.ly/es4hbu

THURSDAY: UK decide to postpone nuclear plans over Japan disaster – http://bit.ly/g5GCIj

3) Great month for construction Industry in March

WEDNESDAY: Manchester enjoys 2011 construction boom – http://bit.ly/etd5vp

MONDAY: Construction Industry defies the odds again with good March showing – http://bit.ly/hGkQen

4) The Best Bits from T4TS Radio:

TUESDAY: Neil tells T4TS Radio about his plumbing course – http://bit.ly/fZsGub

FRIDAY: Aston tells us how he got his plumbing apprenticeship to go with his Train4TradeSkills course – http://bit.ly/hecLVR

5) Random News section: What’s going on in construction this week?

MONDAY: Plumber strips in record time – http://bit.ly/fGWjDl

WEDNESDAY: Kier superhero builders save the day and two customers’ lives (Construction Enquirer) – http://bit.ly/goqnZd

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Train4TradeSkills Weekend Catch-Up: 28 March-3 April

In case you missed what’s going on during the week, Train4TradeSkills introduces the Weekly Catch-Up, which will have all of the best stories from our blogs (and a few others) and the latest plumbing, electrician and gas industry news from the last week.

1) The best bits from the Train4TradeSkills Student Bloggers

MONDAY: Stephen talks tutor assignments, plumbing work and fitting bathrooms in latest blog – http://bit.ly/ggn46O

FRIDAY: Daniel talks internet problems, electrical training and studying tips in latest blog – http://bit.ly/gsjsFt

2) Swapping a life as an electrician for Premier League stardom

WEDNESDAY: Former sparky Michael Richardson swaps electrics for bright lights of Premier League with Newcastle – http://bit.ly/ffKLpz

3) Isn’t there supposed to be a recession on?

THURSDAY: Forget the recession: Construction trio record big profits – http://bit.ly/dXsJ6U

TUESDAY: House-building boom sweeping the UK – http://bit.ly/f7SUoa

4) The Best Bits from T4TS Radio

TUESDAY: Mark Steadman talks to us about his plumbing course with Train4TradeSkills – http://bit.ly/hzI0re

5) Random News: What’s been going on in construction this week?

MONDAY: Are the UK planning on bringing Green Deal expertise to Hollywood and the USA? – http://bit.ly/dTw3Hz

FRIDAY: Is the Green Deal going to be an expensive flop in the UK? – http://bit.ly/eiw5Ef

FRIDAY: Royal Wedding mugs, teacloths and… hard hats?? Construction workers to celebrate Will’s & Kate’s big day with Royal-inspired hard hats – http://bit.ly/fGQxCq

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