18 Feb 2014

The Prince’s Trust have asked for the assistance of CAGE Greater Nottingham in offering work experience placements for some of their students who are currently completing construction courses.  The details are below and, if you can help, please contact Nikul Patel as below.

The course will be running in Nottingham – most of the young people will come from Nottingham City and surrounding areas, we may also have a few from Mansfield too.

The dates for the course are: 10th Feb – 7th March 2014

The work placements would be: 10th March -14th March 2014

The programme consists of construction training/practical elements for 4 weeks with Stephenson College providing the young people the opportunity to gain a level 1 qualification and the completion of the CSCS card. The young people following this programme will have health and safety awareness and passed a CSCS card. They will be looking to access entry-level work experience opportunities within the construction industry.

It would be great if members of CAGE Greater Nottingham could support work placements on 10th – 14 March 2014 If there is interest I am happy to meet them and discuss this further.

Nikul Patel | Outcomes Executive |

The Prince’s Trust | Unit 6 Faraday Court | 40 Conduit Street | Leicester | LE2 0JN | Mobile: 07951 279 963 | Office: 0116 255 0400 | Ext 6519 | Fax: (0116) 2045599 | Website: princes-trust.org.uk

18 Feb 2014

Following on from the success of last year’s Mock PACE interview and Cross Examination, I am pleased to announce that Shoosmiths will be speaking at the annual IOSH Midland Branch Event on 12th March 2014 at Dunchurch Park Hotel.

For details e-mail  ronglen@msn.com

Hayley Saunders 

Senior Associate


18 Feb 2014

 400,000 workers set to change skills cards

More than 400,000 construction workers are expected to change skills cards under the imminent shake-up to the CSCS scheme.

The new Labourers’ Green Card will replace the current Construction Site Operative (CSO) cards from July.

CSCS chiefs said around 600,000 of the scheme’s 2m cardholders currently hold the CSO card.

But the real number of “pure” labourers in the industry is believed to be between 150,000 – 200,000.

The new card contains a mandatory health and safety test and could take up to 40 hours of training to prepare for new entrants to the industry.

CSCS chairman Graham Wren said: “That level of training is only for people who are brand new to construction.

“Experienced labourers will be able to take the test without anywhere near that amount of training because they already have the knowledge to pass it.

“A lot of construction workers are currently carrying the wrong card so this is all about making sure people are using the scheme correctly.

“The old CSO card was too easy to get and we are addressing that.”

18 Feb 2014

Barratt Homes, a CAGE GN Member, was recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer at the National Apprenticeship Awards.  John Dillion, Managing Director of Barratt Homes, said:  “We aim to reward excellence and encourage progression within the Company, so many of those who join us at this early stage choose to stay with the Company for many years.”

Jonathan Hendren is currently based at Barratt Homes Highlands Development in Nottingham.  The 19 year old from Bilborough said: “This is a great hands-on apprenticeship and I’m really enjoying getting the practical experience you miss out on at College.  I’m hoping to stay on at Barratt Homes once I have qualified”.