Roy Clougher

Many of you will have worked with our fabulous Administrator, Roy Clougher over the five years that Roy has been with us.  Roy has been a valued member of the ABBE team, offering advice, support and excellent customer service to all of our centres and general enquirers.

Roy will be leaving ABBE on 14 June 2021 to explore pastures new, we wish him the very best of luck and know that he will be a fantastic addition to any team that he joins.  We will miss him and his calm approach and excellent, dry sense of humour.

If you have been emailing Roy on his email address, now is the time to remove his address from your contact list and to replace it with the general ABBE Enquiries email, abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk

I know that you will join us in wishing Roy a bright and successful future in his next role.

Please use the ABBE Enquiries email abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk for the following:

  • EQA reports
  • CRFs
  • Centre applications
  • Additional qualifications


This email is always monitored, whereas personal emails may not be monitored if, for example, someone is on annual leave etc.

ABBE Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

ABBE’s Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment is assessed through a multiple choice question examination.  The examination is invigilated in the classroom following ABBE’s requirements.

ABBE Level 3 Certificate in Air Conditioning requirements

This is to inform you that changes have been made to the Level 3 and Level 4 Air Conditioning qualifications.  We have removed the necessity for unit 3 to be assessed through an examination, the form of assessment for this unit will now be Portfolio of Evidence, however, if any learners have already booked an examination they can still go ahead and take it.

Making this change has also enabled us to review the handbooks which has led to some amendments and clarification of some points.  All of the changes are listed on page two of the handbooks. The revised qualification specifications and handbooks can be found on our website.

First Aid Qualifications

In case you are not already aware, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have updated their ‘First Aid during the Coronavirus (CV19) Pandemic’ guidance to include the temporary omission of rescue breaths on First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) courses.  Please see the details in the link below:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/first-aid-and-medicals/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm?dm_t=0,0,0,0,0#temporary

Qualifications due to expire:

Insulation Building Treatments (IBT)
The final registration date for the following suite of qualifications is 31 May 2021.

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understand Insulation and Building Treatments
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments Loft Insulation
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments Draught Proofing

 Centres wishing to transfer learners from the existing suite of qualifications onto the new suite of qualifications will be able to do so, at no charge, between 15 January 2021 and 15 March 2021.
Signwriting

The final registration date for the following suite of qualifications is 31 October 2021.

  • ABBE Level 4 Diploma in Signwriting

External Quality Assurers (EQA)

ABBE is looking for qualified EQAs in the following areas:

  • Insulation Building Treatments (IBT)
  • Thermography
  • Building Control
  • Town Planning
  • Energy

 However, if you are experienced in these areas but are not a qualified EQA you may consider becoming an EQA.  If so, ABBE work with a centre to offer the Assessor, IQA and EQA qualifications, for more details on the qualification and costs please contact:

BBC News:

Colleges face losing tens of millions of pounds

Further education colleges in England warn they could lose tens of millions from a change in government policy.

The Department for Education (DfE) has said unless they deliver 90% of this year’s training, they must return some of their Adult Education Budget (AEB).

Last year the threshold was set at delivering 68% in recognition of the challenges of the pandemic.

The DfE acknowledged the situation was “still difficult” but said many colleges had delivered online teaching.

For more information click here

FE News:

Further education will benefit from maintaining focus on home learning

To salvage positives from the rubble of the pandemic is a difficult task, particularly given we are still far from being out of the crisis. However, all sectors appreciate that there are key learnings which have been exposed by Covid-19 over the past 12 months, and education is no exception.

To find out more click here

HSE COVID-19 updates and guidance

This information is aimed at all those running, governing or working in the education sector.

Its purpose is to provide useful information on managing health and safety risks across the range of education establishments.  It will set out a sensible, proportionate approach.

You can visit our education website for more advice and guidance.

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Buildings containing reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC)

RAAC precast floor and roof components were used in the construction of a range of buildings, including schools, built between the mid-1950s and the 1980s.

Following a component failure HSE has previously highlighted the need for building owners and duty holders to identify buildings incorporating RAAC planks and take action where necessary.

The Department for Education has recently issued guidance for building owners (local authority, academy trust or diocese) on the management of buildings in England containing RAAC – Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete: Lightweight Concrete Roofs.

The guidance reinforces the need for schools to ensure that the condition of relevant buildings is assessed by a structural engineer and that effective monitoring and maintenance arrangements are in place to ensure on-going structural integrity.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has previously issued advice about reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete – Information on Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).

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Managing asbestos in schools and colleges

The Department for Education has recently issued revised guidance for schools and colleges to help them understand their duties in relation to managing asbestos.

This provides information and advice for those who manage schools or oversee the maintenance and repair of school buildings.

Although the guidance has been produced for schools in England, it includes information and links to useful resources for schools and colleges across Great Britain.

For further information see Managing asbestos in your school or college.

Additional guidance can be found on the HSE website.

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Legionella risks during the coronavirus pandemic

Water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use where buildings or facilities e.g. changing room showers, have been closed or had reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.

Where schools intend to reinstate or start using water or relevant air conditioning systems, they will need to review their risk assessment and work with their competent person to ensure that systems are cleaned, if required, and disinfected before the building is occupied.

If the water system has been used regularly, it should be sufficient to maintain the appropriate measures to prevent legionella growth.

Further information and guidance can be found on our Legionella risks during the coronavirus pandemic web page.

For all the latest information and advice from HSE, visit HSE coronavirus pages.

Customer Contacts

As always, please feel free to send the ABBE Newsletter to any colleagues in your business who you think would benefit from this information. Alternatively please contact us on abbeenquries@bcu.ac.uk with your email details in order for us to add them to our distribution list.

Many Thanks

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