Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Election Promises on Housebuilding

We know we are not building enough houses – and, thank goodness, all the main political parties realise that too. This is how they plan to tackle it according to their manifestos:

Friday, 17 April 2015

UK Construction Market Update - March


The ONS have released their Output in the Construction Industry figures for February 2015. Output in February 2015 was estimated to have decreased by 0.9% compared with January 2015, with all new work and repair and maintenance being the main contributors to the fall. When compared with February 2014 output in February 2015 showed a decrease of 1.3%. The ONS also report a decrease in output of 2.6% in January 2015 a fall of 3.1% year-on-year.

Monday, 6 April 2015

The Psychology of First Impressions

You'll have had this experience - you meet a new person and within moments you feel good or bad vibes about them. This is you performing "thin slicing" - deducing information about a person based on "tells", some more obvious than others.

Psychologists have studied this process in detail. For example, they've shown that we form a sense of whether a stranger is trustworthy in less than one tenth of a second. With some accuracy, we can also deduce rapidly more specific information such as their intelligence and sexual orientation.

This post delves into the science of first impressions:

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

CSCS Test Revision Material 2015

There are a range of revision materials available to help you revise and practice for the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment Test - we usually recommend you use the official CITB-ConstructionSkills revision book. This contains all the questions and answers for the 38 knowledge based questions in the CSCS test.

You should be able to find these in large book stores like W H Smith or you can easily buy them online on sites like Amazon. We also sell them at our CSCS test centre in Acton if that's easier.