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Apprentices still suffer from negative perception

With many now considering their options following the GCSE results, the construction company Astins has challenged the negative perception of apprenticeships, particularly by those under the age of 25. 
 3 Sep 2010

Courses in sustainable practices at CAT.

Perfect rendering skills, learn how to install a wind turbine, and harvest rainwater this autumn at CAT, the Centre for Alternative Technology 
 3 Sep 2010

COFELY’s Adam Boswell takes control

Adam Boswell of COFELY has become the first person in the UK to pass the Trend Apprenticeship Scheme, a scheme designed in conjunction with Trend Control Systems to train apprentices in the building controls field. 
 3 Sep 2010

BRA honours Fred Jamieson

A further indication of the respect in which Fred Jamieson was held by the refrigeration industry has been demonstrated by the unanimous decision of the British Refrigeration Association Council to nominate Fred on to the BRA Roll of Honour. 
 3 Sep 2010

Better than anticipated US employment data boosts confidence

The latest payroll figures from the USA have today eased concerns over a double dip recession, a City expert said. 
 3 Sep 2010

Frise appointed as head of sustainability at HVCA

The HVCA has appointed David Frise to the new senior post of head of sustainability. 
 2 Sep 2010

Buro Happold boss initiates parliamentary inquiry

Rod Macdonald, chairman of international multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Buro Happold, has initiated a process which is leading to a parliamentary inquiry into the poor design and quality of the products currently available for the construction of our built environment. 
 2 Sep 2010

Plumb Center and Parts Center raise £100,000 for children’s charity

Despite many people feeling the pinch this past year, it is reassuring to see that support was still rife for the fundraising efforts of Plumb Center and Parts Center with an outstanding £100,000 raised for Action for Children. 
 2 Sep 2010

Exeter landlord put lives at risk with faulty gas boiler

A landlord has been fined for putting the lives of his tenants and others at risk by illegally fitting a gas boiler. 
 2 Sep 2010

Illegal gas fitter fined £8,000

A workman who falsely claimed to be a registered gas engineer has been fined £8,000 after installing gas appliances at an address in Hackney, East London. 
 2 Sep 2010

House prices nosedive as mortgage lending flatlines and sellers move to rented in their droves

As talk of a double dip and plummeting house prices abound, figures just out from Safestore, the UK’s leading self storage company, illustrate that more and more people are selling up and moving into rented, to sit tight and await the outcome of a significant drop in house prices. 
 2 Sep 2010

CIBSE/BSRIA commissioning water systems guides

Advance copies of the new CIBSE and BSRIA commissioning water systems guides are now available to order at reduced prices. These guides are intended to ensure that water distribution systems are effectively commissioned whilst complying with the latest Building Regulations. 
 2 Sep 2010

HMRC September alert for employers

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued an alert to employers who use its Employer CD-Rom to help run their payroll systems. 
 2 Sep 2010

SMEs urged to unlock the secrets of the web through free events

Smaller businesses across the UK are being invited to discover how they can harness the full potential of the internet through a series of free events. 
 2 Sep 2010

JS Wright to fit out new-concept hotel in Birmingham

Birmingham-based building services provider JS Wright has won a £400,000 contract to provide the mechanical services for a ground-breaking modular hotel scheme in the city’s Jewellery Quarter. 
 2 Sep 2010

BSI puts appliances to the test

Following its acquisition of a leading gas certification body early in 2010, BSI, the UK’s premier standards body, is now operating an Appliance Laboratory that offers a comprehensive range of testing and certification services covering all types of gas, electric, oil and solid fuel appliances for domestic and commercial use. 
 2 Sep 2010

Gas Safety Trust sponsors The Risk Factory

The Risk Factory is to receive a boost from the Gas Safety Trust as it pledges to sponsor the community safety education centre for the next three years. 
 2 Sep 2010

National Energy Action Award for South Tyneside Homes refurbishment

A major refurbishment project encompassing the installation of Daikin Altherma heat pump and solar thermal renewable technologies in 60 South Tyneside Housing properties wins National Energy Action (NEA) award in the North East Region. 
 2 Sep 2010

Growth slows for UK construction sector

August data signalled a further expansion of the UK construction sector, with the seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index£ (PMI£) posting 52.1. 
 2 Sep 2010

Rok signs contract with Inter Partner Assistance

Rok plc, the maintenance and building services group, has signed a contract with Inter Partner Assistance, a wholly owned subsidiary of AXA Assistance, one of the world's market leaders in assistance, to provide home emergency services to its UK customers. 
 31 Aug 2010
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