IBT (Room in Roof)

The Government has released a ‘Guide to Best Practice’ document for IBT Room in Roof.  The guide is for designers, surveyors, project managers and installers considering the suitability of roofs to receive internal thermal upgrades.

Some sections are written specifically for the retrofit assessor or surveyor, the retrofit designer or the retrofit installer, and are marked as such.

To access the guide click here

First Aid Qualifications

The Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work qualifications have been revised.  The new qualifications will be available from 1 April 2022.

This does not affect any learners currently on the first aid qualifications they can remain on the current qualifications. However, as we approach 1 April any learners on the current qualification who have NOT completed can be transferred onto the new qualification free of charge.  To do this please wait until the new qualifications are available then email abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk with the name of learners you wish to transfer.

DFE campaign calls on skilled workers to teach part-time in FE

Particular shortages in construction, engineering and manufacturing, legal, finance, digital and health and social care aim to be tackled

A new national campaign that calls on skilled workers to take up a part-time teaching role in further education alongside their current job has been launched today.

The Department for Education, which promised such a campaign in the skills for jobs white paper, said there was a particular demand for FE teachers in construction, engineering and manufacturing, legal, finance, accounting, digital and health and social care.

For more information click here

Providers wanted for ‘portable’ apprenticeships pilot

Apprentices will have multiple employers under the new ‘flexi-job’ programme

Up to 2,000 apprentices are to be recruited to an 18-month long pilot of flexi-job apprenticeships.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has said today that they are looking for 40 training providers to take part in the pilot, which could also involve thousands of employers.

Boris Johnson first revealed the government’s intention for “portable” apprenticeships in a speech on skills reforms at Exeter College in September 2020. He said: “Suppose you are in a small start-up making videos for Youtube, and the project ends – so you’ve got to move to another such small company. Under our plans, you will be able to take that apprenticeship to your new employer and it won’t die with the end of the contract.”

For more information click here

7th to 13th February – National Apprenticeship Week #BuildTheFuture #NAW22


National Apprenticeship Week is all about celebrating apprenticeships and highlighting the work done by employers and apprentices. The 15th annual week-long celebration is an opportunity for employers to promote their apprenticeship schemes and jobs. Employers from all sectors come together to present the diverse range of career options available, giving employers the chance to engage and inspire future apprentices. This year’s theme is ‘Build the Future’ continuing on from last year.

For other key dates in 2022, click here

Personal protective equipment at work regulations are changing

Employers responsibilities to workers regarding the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) are changing from 6 April 2022.

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER 2022) were laid before Parliament on 10 January 2022.

The PPER 2022 amend the current Regulations to extend employers’ and employees’ duties in respect of PPE to a wider group of workers.

HSE has prepared interim guidance explaining the changes.

This guidance will help employers identify whether they and their workforce may be impacted by the changes and explains what employers may need to do in preparing for the changes.

Make sure you have the right workplace facilities

You must provide the right facilities for everyone in your workplace, including people with disabilities.

You must have:

  • welfare facilities – the right number of toilets and washbasins, drinking water and having somewhere to rest and eat meals
  • a healthy working environment – a clean workplace with a reasonable working temperature, good ventilation, suitable lighting and the right amount of space and seating
  • a safe workplace – well-maintained equipment, with no obstructions in floors and traffic routes, and windows that can be easily opened and cleaned

See our simple advice on what must be provided for a safe and healthy workplace, including required toilet and washing facilities.

HSE’s Working Minds campaign aims to increase awareness of work-related stress, anxiety and depression and the impact this can have on the mental health of employees.

Our campaign partner, Mates in Mind, has reported that its recent research revealed a third of construction workers now suffer with anxiety and that within the small, micro and sole trader businesses in construction workplace stress is being felt like never before.

Read the Mates in Mind news report into the research and a recent blog from its Managing Director, Sarah Meek.

Visit HSE’s Working Minds website to find out more about how to protect your workers, reduce sickness absence and improve productivity.

We have tailored advice and resources to prevent work-related stress in construction and help support good mental health on site, including our Construction Talking Toolkit aimed at small businesses who want to be proactive in addressing this issue.

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