Month: February 2018

Construction training for under £25 : The 3 top Health and Safety certificates in demand

The Age of the Health & Safety Certificate

These days construction sites take their health and safety very seriously, and with good reason. Whilst the situation has improved massively in the last 20 years, construction still accounts for 27% of fatal injuries to employees in Britain. Sites want to know that their workers are informed and prepared for the risks they may encounter, which is why more and more are placing value in construction training and certification. Whilst the words health & safety don’t get most of us fist pumping the air excitedly, for employers these courses are becoming on-site essentials. The good news: they are a doddle to complete, make your CV and profile look great and help you to stand out from the competition.

The best part?

They all cost under £25.00.

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Gone are the days of sitting in a windowless classroom for 8 hours, watching Powerpoint presentations and instructional videos. E-Learning has brought training into the 21st Century and is accessible from your mobile or desktop, meaning you can complete it on the go. Some of the courses take as little as half an hour to complete. It gives you a valuable certificate that will last from 1 to 3 years. So what’s stopping you?


See our top picks below:


Asbestos Awareness course (UKATA)

Asbestos Awareness comes in at number 1 on our list. It is a legal requirement for any employee who might accidentally come into contact with asbestos as part of their work to have certification, so we consistently get asked for this as a priority.

This UKATA approved course is the most widely recognised asbestos awareness qualification in the UK. It can be taken on any desktop PC or mobile, including Apple and Android devices. The course covers 5 modules:

  1. Properties, risks & health effects
  2. Types & uses of asbestos
  3. How to avoid the risks
  4. Legislation
  5. Emergency procedures


Working at Heights

working at heights construction training






Another top pick for construction sites. This course gives an introduction to the general hazards and safety measures involved in working at heights. This includes ladder safety training , use of access platforms and fall protection training. Anyone who has seen Jurassic World knows the importance of this one.

But seriously, 49% of fatal construction injuries in the last five years were due to falls from a height. In 2016/17 25 people died from this. Those figures don’t even take into account accidents that result in injury. If you’re going to be working at heights it’s something you should definitely be considering for your own protection.


Manual Handling

Manual handling construction training






Manual handling is any task involving supporting or transporting any load by human effort. It is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries. No matter what your trade, it’s likely that you’ll be doing some sort of heavy lifting or moving. Whilst most employees will have been some sort of guidance on manual handling, it’s important to have a regular reminder as one false move could mean looking like this every time you put on your socks.



There are a range of suppliers across the UK who can book these courses for you,. The courses we have mentioned are only a small selection of qualifications that can help you get ahead in the building services industry. If you are interested in finding out more then we do work with Human Focus to offer construction training and qualifications. And remember guys:














George Clarke showcases amazing regeneration of The General in Bristol

The General Bristol

We are very proud to have been involved in the regeneration over the last four years of The General in Bristol. It has recently been visited by George Clarke of Amazing Spaces who was impressed by the transformation the building has undergone. You can see the before and after in the videos posted below.


History of The General in Bristol

Originally opened as the Bristol General Hospital in 1858, the building cost a grand total of £28,000. Much of the funding came from local workers who gave a penny a week towards building and running costs. The hospital closed its doors in 2012 and City & Country snapped up the opportunity to restore the Grade II listed building to its former glory. A hodge podge of characterless 20th century extensions and repairs to extensive WWII bomb damage had faded the renaissance grandeur of the building. The architectural restoration has won City & Country a host of awards, including Heritage Property of the Year in the Michelmore’s Property Awards and the 2017 South West RICS Award for Building Conservation.

electrical work in The General in Bristol



Our contribution to the restoration

Our client Weston Electrical Services Ltd are carrying out the full mechanical and electrical installation to the apartments and infrastructure of the building for which we have supplied a wide range of skilled operatives. When finished, the building will incorporate 205 one to four bedroom luxury apartments and houses. We have also assisted Weston in completing the M&E design and installation of a waterside restaurant complex which includes the Michelin starred ‘Casamia’, located beneath the apartment building.


Since October 2014 we have filled 148 placements for the site supplying roles across the M&E spectrum; from mechanical contractors and engineers, pipefitters and plumbers, to electricians & electrical testers. The skilled mechanical and electrical work of our operatives has helped bring modern comfort and convenience to the homes. All feature intruder alarms and mains operated smoke detectors with internal cabling installed for terrestrial television. Other mod cons include video activated door entry and radiators or underfloor heating powered by a communal heating system. All this is an impressive task in a listed building split into 205 units! We are excited to see the conclusion of the project and the difference it will make to the BS1 area of Bristol.


Watch below to see the incredible before and after effect that this restoration has had on the building.


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