Monday, 25 July 2016

CSCS Red Trainee Card Changes

Trainee cards are available to new entrants to the industry and are designed to allow workers access to sites whilst they undertake their construction related qualifications.
The following Trainee Cards are currently available:
  1. The Trainee (Craft & Operative) card - click here for more information
  2. The Trainee Technical, Supervisory and Management (TSM) card - click here for more information

Friday, 15 July 2016

What Happens to EU Nationals post-Brexit

The government have clarified in an official statement that there has been no change the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU following the EU referendum. At the present time the UK remains a member of the EU.

Once Article 50 has been triggered, the UK will still remain part of the EU until the two year negotiations have concluded. In the long term, once the UK has left the EU the government fully expects that the legal status of EU nationals living in the UK, and UK nationals living in the EU, to be properly protected. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

UK Construction Market Update - June

The Construction Products Association have released their latest State of Trade Survey, reporting continued growth in sales of construction products in Q2 2016, making this the 13th consecutive quarter sales have increased. Manufacturers displayed pessimism about prospects for the year ahead, even though 75% of survey responses were received before the outcome of the EU referendum was known.

Do I Need to Bring my Chippy Tools?

If you're not sure what to do about tools when coming over to the UK it's worth comparing the price of buying a full set of new carpentry tools when you get here against how much it'll cost to ship them over.

We usually recommend you bring over your drill if you have space in your luggage and then buying the rest here.

When it's time to go back home, Construct will help you in selling these tools on - with 100% of the sale value going to you!

Buying a Brand New Set

We've put together this list of what you'll need as a carpenter working for us and listed their price on Screwfix (the UK's largest supplier of Trade Tools) -

Remember, if you're not working for us you might also need to have your own power tools

Buying 2nd Hand Tools

With a steady flow of Construct chippies heading back to Aus / NZ, there's a chance we can hook you up with some 2nd hand tools. This will be cheaper than buying them brand new but you might need to top up a few items.

Bringing Tools Over

If you're bringing over all of the tools we've listed, we're guessing you'll be paying at least GBP ??? to ship them from Aus / NZ.

Also remember that the 110V system (i.e. tools plugged into a yellow transformer) are not used in the UK. Site power is standard 240 volts.

Friday, 1 July 2016

13 Wimbledon Facts

13 Wimbledon Facts you might not have heard before....

1. In the Men’s Singles Championship, the Isner–Mahut match in 2010 is the longest match in tennis history in both time and number of games; 11 hours and 5 minutes of play over three days.

2. Ball girls weren’t allowed on Centre Court until 1985.

3. In true British fashion, 235,000 glasses of Pimms were drunk at the games in 2015 and 350,000 teas and coffees.