Our two new apprentices started their scheme this month in resin flooring. For these first sessions our 2 apprentices joined together with other FeRFA (Resin Flooring Association) apprentices for the two day modules which included an induction from CITB, and an in-depth health & safety training session delivered by Terry Foxley, the FeRFA trainer.
All schemes lead to an NVQ level 2 diploma and are fully grant funded by CITB for in scope employers.
A number of years ago as a member of FeRFA, we committed to playing our part in halving the amount of construction and packaging waste going to landfill. We pledged that we would promote the adoption and implementation of standards for good practice in reducing waste, re cycling more and increasing the use of recycled and recovered materials.
We estimated how much waste we would produce on our projects and worked with our clients and suppliers to find ways to reduce waste.
We did this by reducing waste on site through proper handling, storage and use of materials; we found more ways to recycle more waste; and recorded the waste we produced, we are pleased to say that our records now show that we have halved the amount of waste produced since 2013 from 223 tonne to 116 tonne of which over 97% is being recycled and will continue our commitment throughout 2015.
IRL Group have recently taken part in a Help for Heroes Charity Event at the Barley Mow Public House in Stapenhill. The event turned out to be a far greater success than ever imagined and on the night the total amount raised was a staggering £3142.00 due in no small way to our generosity and other like minded companies who contributed such high end quality goods to the auction.
Through our efforts we will have helped to aid injured and traumatised service personnel and we take great pride in that fact.
IRL Group recently attended a special "Race Card" @ Uttoxeter Racecourse courtesy of Sika UK, the programme included a Private Box, 7 Races, Refreshments & Lunch, and the chance to enjoy a day away from work in the company of one of IRL Group's longest trading Partners -Sika UK, Martin Yarker. IRLGroup Business Development Manager says " We had a fabulous day @ Uttoxeter Races with our colleagues from Sika UK, we are normally too busy with everyday working to attend events such as these, but everyone really had a great day (some more than others at the bookies!) This type of event definitely strengthens the ties we already have with Sika UK, and is something we should do more often!"
IRL Group have recently attended the DDRF (Derby & District Rail Forum) Networking Event & Christmas Lunch, held on 12th December @ Derbyshire Cricket Club Marquee, this annual event was very well attended, with over 150 members present, Guest Speakers for the event were Terence Watson (Alstom UK Country President) & Lillian Greenwood MP (Shadow Rail Minister) both guest speakers gave an update on the Major Forthcoming Rail Events & Projects, and both were unanimous on their praise for the DDRF, and the part that its' members continue to play in driving the UK Rail Industry forward, with both HS2 & CrossRail as central to bringing more wealth to areas across the UK, also in attendance was Dame Margaret Beckett DBE MP, who is a long-time supporter of the DDRF, and great believer in harnessing local talent through the apprenticeship schemes.
Our successful apprentices Aaron Jackson & Steve Garfoot (unable to attend the presentation), took to the stage to be presented with their NVQ level 2 diplomas in In Situ Resin Flooring by Tim Blackman, CITB’s National Specialist Accredited Centre (NSAC) Manager, at the FeRFA Awards Dinner.
In congratulating the apprentices on their achievement, Tim Blackman acknowledged the commitment required from both the trainee and their employers over the two years. He also applauded the progress FeRFA had made to develop qualifications for the resin flooring industry, working with the CITB to develop these and run the apprenticeship schemes. Since the pilot scheme in 2007, FeRFA has supported 63 learners through the 2 year programme, with a further 40 learners currently on the schemes.
The following were at the ceremony to receive their awards:
Training is an excellent way to share best practice, knowledge and skills which in turn raises quality standards within an industry sector. Apprenticeship courses attract newcomers to the industry, introduce new skills and move the industry forward, to give clients confidence that they are dealing with a trained and qualified workforce. Resin flooring and surface preparation are highly specialist occupations and through the FeRFA Apprenticeship Schemes , a training route is available to acquire knowledge and skills to achieve the NVQ Level 2 Diploma. The FeRFA apprenticeship schemes could not be delivered without the support of the members who provide their training facilities, the resin flooring manufacturers who provide materials at no cost, and to VI Distribution for providing free of charge Personal Protective Equipment for all of the apprentice groups.