• New HSE Construction Initiatives

    by HSE | May 28, 2019

    The Health & Safety Executive will be running two construction lead initiatives this year. 

    1. The Lung Health initiative will be running from Monday 17th June for four weeks until Friday 12th July and will focus on occupational lung disease with the aim of improving lung health in construction workers. Click here for more.
    1. Materials Handling on construction sites will be run in October.
  • NFRC Scotland to STEM event at The Helix

    by NFRC Scotland | May 21, 2019

    NFRC Scotland was invited to participate at STEM at The Helix this year. This followed playing an active role in traditional building skills demonstrations in Falkirk town centre in collaboration with Falkirk Council, Falkirk Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), Falkirk Delivers, Historic Environment Scotland and Forth Valley College.

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    As the Falkirk THI had come to an end last year, it was decided that participating in STEM at The Helix would be more beneficial rather than running a separate event. 

    STEM at The Helix invited schools from across Forth Valley area to participate with over 300 pupils attending the first day. The second day was a Family Day and the roofing demonstration was inundated with interest from children, parents and grandparents.

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    NFRC Scotland was kindly represented by Rooftec (Scotland) Ltd which delivered the mini-masterclasses but also donated the rigs, tools and slates for the event.     

    The feedback from all those who attended the roofing demonstration was extremely positive (although many commented that it was hard work) with a significant queue on the Family Day as Rooftec (Scotland) delivered mini-masterclasses on slate dressing and those who participated got to take away their own slate coaster.

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  • Traditional Skills on display at Edinburgh City Chambers

    by NFRC Scotland | May 21, 2019

    The Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum organised a traditional building skills demonstration in the quadrangle outside Edinburgh City Chambers which took place on 13 & 14 May 2019 with demonstration of roof slating, stonemasonry, painting & decorating and joinery.

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    Forum activities work on the basis of collaboration with key stakeholders in the area with the roof slating demonstration being delivered by apprentices at Edinburgh College who work for NFRC member, Ronald G Graham Roofing & Building and Taylor Roofs. Who very kindly donated their time to promote roofing as a career of choice to the next generation.

    School pupils from Edinburgh came to the City Chambers and received mini-masterclasses from local apprentices and tradespersons in the trade being demonstrated.

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    Councillor Adam McVey

    The event was also attended by Cllr Adam McVey (Council Leader), Cllr Cammy Day (Deputy Council Leader) and many other councillors as well as Gordon Lindhurst MSP. 

    There was also an Information Tent to help homeowners who had queries on how best to repair and maintain their traditionally built homes and the missing share service provided by City of Edinburgh Council.

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    Councillor Mowat

    These events are part of the larger Inspiring Construction programme, which aims to attract more school leavers to the sector by informing young people and their parents, teachers and career advisors about the huge and diverse range of careers available in construction, and importantly, how to access them. From professions like architecture, engineering and surveying to the more traditional trades like joinery and stonemasonry, this industry has something to suit everyone. 

    Inspiring Construction works in the principle that there needs to be sufficient, and skilled, workforce across the whole supply chain to ensure the construction industry is effective and efficient. These traditional building skills events play a key role in raising the profile of construction as a career of choice to the next generation and NFRC Scotland is proud to support this initiative.

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