14 Mar 2014

The Annual “Construction Challenge” was held at Central College Nottingham’s Beeston Campus on Thursday 6th March 2014

Almost 40 students turned up from 5 schools in the morning to learn about various construction trade skills which included bricklaying; plastering; carpentry and joinery; electrical; painting and decorating.

In the afternoon the students competed against each other and then were judged by experts to see which student had done best in each discipline, and to see which school had performed the best overall.

The schools involved were Carlton Le Willows, Toothill Schools, Central Mixed Schools, Hadden Park and Emmanuel School.

Certificates were awarded to all students and prizes were given out by Alan Crich, Life President of CAGE Greater Nottingham.

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Plastering winner:  Cole Maule;

Bricklaying winner:  Shamack Solousk

Painting & Decorating winner:  Elliener Arnold

Carpentry & Joinery winner: Maugan Shreeve

Electrical winner:  Kallum Hudson

Overall winning school:  The Emanuel School

Overall, a great experience was had by all who participated and CAGE Greater Nottingham is particularly grateful to Central College Nottingham for their outstanding support to this event over the years.

We would also like to thanks the Sponsors for this Event which were Protrade; ITW Construction Products including Paslode and Spit;; Festool; Leica Geosystems  and TTI Group UK.  We are most grateful for all their support on the day and the prizes donated.

Also sponsoring the event in the very important matter of providing Vouchers for the Winners were John A Stephens Ltd.; Frank Key Ltd and Jamac Ltd. We can’t thank them all enough.

06 Mar 2014

!!  There are some very important changes taking place with regards to apprentice engagement funding which you need to be aware of !!

Details of the Government revision to apprentice engagement funding are to be finalised. However, Model 2 shown below has been adopted as the preferred model, and it would apply across all apprenticeships, not just those in construction. This model is not one which suits the smaller and medium-sized business in the construction industry!

The model means that the employer, after registering an apprentice, will be required to pay between £ 3000 and £ 4000 up front to the provider ( e.g. College )

On completion of each stage of the Apprentice Framework, the employer can claim back their contribution against their PAYE payments.  No extra funding is proposed for the extra administration involved!  This system could be implemented in the next 1-2 years!

You may not have responded to the consultative document in 2013 which produced the above revision.

However, CAGE GN is working on your behalf with the CITB on this vitally important matter.

So, you can still tell the Government if the new proposals will encourage you to employ an apprentice or not!

Simply e-mail Ron Glen with your views at ronglen@msn.com 

Model 2
The Proposed PAYE Payment Model

The Employer Registers an Apprentice
through a new on-line system.

The Employer makes payments to providers
and then recovers Government Funding through their PAYE Return

The Employer reports any achievements through the on-line system
and recovers any completion payments through their PAYE return

05 Mar 2014

Contractors Call for Green Construction Boost

4 March 2014 | By Will Hurst

Ecobuild latest: The UK Contractors Group urges the chancellor to use budget to put in place a new national retrofit plan to boost green construction

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) has called on George Osborne to use this month’s Budget to boost construction through a new plan to retrofit homes across the country.

The UKCG said that despite the upturn in housing, growth in the wider industry remained “moderate” and the chancellor should take steps to boost confidence and minimise costs on firms in his Budget statement on 19 March.

The organization, which represents the UK’s largest contractors, said it wanted to see the government move to boost construction through a national retrofit plan to support energy efficiency work across housing and commercial buildings.

It also called for further progress on delivering public sector pipelines of work and a delay in the introduction of measures on tax and self-employment until January next year, arguing that the industry needs time to adapt.

05 Mar 2014

Government Announces Green Deal Boost

4 March 2014 | By Vern Pitt

Ecobuild latest: The government unveils £19m boost for the Green Deal

The government has announced a £19m boost for the Green Deal as it awarded funding for six community based retrofit programmes.

Speaking at Ecobuild today, energy minister Greg Barker said the government had awarded the funding to Cambridgeshire, Ashfield, Suffolk, Peterborough, Haringey and Bracknell Forest councils to embark on local Green Deal schemes.

He said local “street-by-street” delivery schemes were a “key driver of delivery” of the Green Deal

Barker added that the Green Deal market was “viable” and “ambitious”.

However, he admitted that the policy was “very much a work in progress”.

He said: “I know a lot of people have been sceptical about the Green Deal and it’s certainly very much a work in progress but it has come a long way since it launched last year.

“There have been over 100,000 assessments and over 80% of those [households] are taking action to install measures.”

He added that the government would unveil further details on the stamp duty rebate it announced in the autumn statement last year, which would see homeowners that improved the energy efficiency of their new home repaid a portion of their stamp duty, in “the coming weeks”.

He added: “Very shortly the Green Deal will receive a further boost, which is the launch of the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive this spring.

“The challenge of decarbonising heat provides an opportunity for the domestic market where 100,000 boilers every year are replaced.”

He said the scheme “dovetailed neatly” with the Green Deal to encourage action on energy efficiency at the same time as improving a home’s heating system