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Galliford Try’s wins £38m regeneration contract

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Galliford Try has won a new £38 million contract to regenerate the Brook House site in Tottenham, North London, that will build 222 new homes and boost the trades.

Registered provider Newlon Housing Trust has chosen Partnerships to complete a major new project on the site of the former Cannon Rubber factory.

The project will see the creation of 222 new homes as one, two and three-bed apartments, new commercial space and a new two-form entry primary school capable of accommodating 420 pupils.

The construction phase of the project is to commence in June, with completion expected to be achieved in mid-2015.

Galliford Try Chief Executive Greg Fitzgerald said: “Our record in regeneration projects means we are recognised as a contractor of choice, and we are delighted that Newlon have chosen us to go ahead with this significant project.

“We look forward to working with Newlon to build these community facilities that will bring considerable benefit to the area.”

Hats off as Tommy Walsh tells of building revolution

A group of construction students have completed work on an abandoned Luton hat factory under a revolutionary training scheme backed by celebrity builder Tommy Walsh.

Engineering Real Results, the largest trades training organisation in the UK, has spent months buying up neglected and derelict properties in a multi-million pound move which gives young tradespeople a way round restrictive Government legislation which forces apprentices to beg for unpaid work for decades.

The scheme allows students to comply with Government rules which demand apprentices carry out 100 hours practical training. The rule has forced apprentices onto the streets begging for unpaid work for decades.

Now they can complete their qualifications in weeks rather than years.

Here Tommy talks about what he sees as a revolution in training for the building trade.


 

Courtesy of http://www.consumerwatchfoundation.com/hats-off-tommy-walsh-tells-building-revolution/

Floating your boaters as trades students rebuild town’s hat history

Tommy Main

A GROUP of construction students have completed work on an abandoned Luton hat factory   under a revolutionary training scheme backed by celebrity builder Tommy Walsh.

Engineering Real Results, the largest trades training organisation in the UK, has spent months buying up neglected and derelict properties in various parts of the UK in a multi-million pound move which gives young tradespeople a way round restrictive Government legislation which forces apprentices to beg for unpaid work for decades.

The scheme allows students to comply with Government rules which demand apprentices carry out 100 hours practical training. The rule has forced apprentices onto the streets begging for unpaid work for decades.

Now they can complete their qualifications in weeks rather than years.

Tommy told the crowd at the launch: “We are witnessing the making of history here … an organisation which is actually doing all it can to get people qualified, competent and ultimately into a job which will give them a better life.”

The project included   an old hat factory on Collingdon Street, Luton, which has been renovated and is used for student accommodation for the school.

Between 1750 and the year 2000 Luton was the hat boom-town of the UK and was famous for its straw hats and boaters.  Some of the most famous hatters, including SG Parker and Vyse, were based in Collingdon Street because of its closeness to Victorian road and rail systems.

Many houses made into hat factories have two large rooms built on at the back. In the ground floor room heavy work like blocking and stiffening was done. The room above was used for sewing the hats. These were still being built as late as the early 1900s. Children and adults sweated in the factories for 12 hours a day earning as little as three shillings a week.

The town was still producing as many as 70 million hats a year in the 1930s

Dr Jan Telensky, the financial angel behind the scheme said: “Life was hard in Victorian times in Luton but the hat industry really put the town on the map, there were plenty of raw materials for plaiting and the new Midlands Railway in the mid-19th century was a boon.

“I came to Luton in the late Sixties and I remember the wonder I felt at this grand old town with its dark imposing buildings, I was also fascinated by the number of terraced houses with  these large rooms almost hidden at the back, that’s when I discovered the history of hat-making here.”

Ground Force star Tommy said: “The Government’s commitment to building hundreds of thousands of homes is threatened by skill shortages.  Britain has plenty of young people ready to build a new life for  their families by learning a trade but they come up against a brick wall  when it comes to completing their skills-set – they need practical experience to prove they can do the job and they find it very difficult to get.”

Dr Telensky said there have been thousands of new construction jobs this year as builders attempt to meet Government targets – but apprentices who spent years learning to become plumbers, gas fitters, bricklayers and electrician have been missing out because of the legislation.

He said: “Our own students were losing out. This new scheme, New Vocational Quickstart, involves renovating properties across the country and enables them to get there NVQ in just weeks instead of years.”

The company has also been buying properties in Watford, Cardiff, Southampton, Featherstone in Yorkshire, Livingstone, West Lothian, Cardiff, Basildon and Wolverhampton.

Mike Head, a spokesman for Brighter Homes, part of the Engineering Real Results organisation, set up to supply practical training for students, said: “We are committed to getting students into work and if we can help them get onto the housing ladder too that would be brilliant.”

And work was completed on the first of the properties, the controversial Grange Hotel on the Great Northern Road, Dunstable, as students set about the first stage of turning the gloomy old late Victorian coaching house into six affordable flats for young people.

For more than a decade people living near the Grange which had fallen into a near derelict state since it finally closing its doors in 2000 have been complaining but now it is welcomed as major improvement to the bustling Gt North Road.

Paul Senior, chairman of the National Federation of Builders, also backed the scheme, saying: “Anything to provide training and experience to young construction students is a very good thing.   The industry is very dependent on up-to-date skills and experience and we welcome innovative solutions such as Engineering Real Results.”

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Attended week 3 at Watford with John Bryce commencing 15/02/2016

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Attended week 5 at Chandler’s Ford with Neal Rainbow commencing 15/02/2016

It is a rare thing to find a brilliant teacher who has charisma and personality. Neal’s outlook and attitudes are an infectous complement to his academic prowess which is catching. A seriously good teacher with an edge as well as a more serious side when it matters. I do hope to meet Neal again. 11/10. Thank you very much.

 

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Attended week 2 at Watford with Justin Stevens commencing 08/02/2016

Our Teacher Paul Dawson is very friendly and professional. He ensured that all students fully understood what they were doing and made sure we were ready for the online GOLA exams by preparing us in advance. He is a great teacher and has a very effective teaching manner.

 

Randy N.

Attended week 5 at Watford with Paul Agnew commencing 08/02/2016

Paul was g great instructor. Although he was extremely busy, he always answered my questions in a calm, friendly manner. He encouraged me to make corrections myself which I found very useful in understanding the situation.

 

Simon M.

Attended week 4 at Watford with John Bryce commencing 08/02/2016

I was moved into a different class with a different tutor, Justin was my tutor, he explained things very well, he is very patient, knowledgeable and approachable, and is careful to ensure that we understand what is being taught.

 

Nicholas S.

Attended week 3 at Chandler’s Ford with Neal Rainbow commencing 08/02/2016

Neal is an extremely talented teacher dealing with one of the hardest subjects – maths and physics. Having been out of the classroom for over 35 years, I was simply amazed how he managed to not only instill a level of enthusiasm and interest into a subject I had always treated as ‘boring’ but ultimately how that manifested into my exam result – a merit. Well done Neal and big thanks.

 

David W.

Attended week 2 at Chandler’s Ford with John Knox commencing 08/02/2016

John is an excellent tutor and thoroughly helped during this week in getting our PAT testing exams sorted and giving us the knowledge in getting prepped for the 2392 assessment and exam. My final week in centre and it has been good as each other week attended.

 

 

Colin P.

Attended week 1 at Chandler’s Ford with Steve Baxter commencing 01/02/2016

Very happy with my week. I look forward to coming back again. Steve was good at coaching me into doing tasks correctly. He is very approachable and made me feel at ease right from day one when i was a bit anxious. In all the staff were great and interacted with all students making it fun and relaxed.

 

Hussan M.

Attended week 1 at Watford with Paul Agnew commencing 01/02/2016

Our Tutor (Paul Agnew) is very friendly and knowledgeable regarding all the topics we have studied. He displays professionalism and makes our study environment comfortable and easy to learn. He explains the task very well and if we struggle at first attempt he endeavours to rectify things until it is full comprehended or completed in the right manner. The centre is well equipped and has many useful facilities such as clean toilets, spacious canteen area, etc. Overall I would definitely recommended this course to family and friends.

 

Attila N.

Attended week 1 at Watford with Paul Agnew commencing 01/02/2016

I had a great experience of my first week. The Tutor (Paul) is very helpful. He has a great knowledge of plumbing. Clearly explaining the practical bits. I feel much more confident with a practical parts. Many Thanks Attila

 

Edson P.

Attended week 1 at Watford with John Pett commencing 01/02/2016

All the staff were very nice Jonh Pett is an amazing Tutor he go one and with us to make sure we get to understand every single way how to do our practical training,i really enjoy working with him and the guy in my team on week one and week two. Kind Regards Edson Peart BG4210259V City Guild PFN8111

 

Mukhwinder S.

Attended week 1 at Wolverhampton with Vincent Doyle commencing 01/02/2016

i am very happy to do training in err wolvwrhampton, i like the friendly environment , i was nervos in my first day but mr vincent,s way of teaching made me happy. he explaind everythig very nicely. thanks

 

Bryce M.

Attended week 1 at Wolverhampton with Justin Dean commencing 25/01/2016

It was a great expirience with great tutors and friends. The practicals were good and well explained and equipments provided. Leaving the centre this week already makes me feel like a professional Electrician. I can’t wait to come in for my week two.

 

Christopher N.

Attended week 4 at Watford with John Pett commencing 25/01/2016

John has again been very helpful this week, especially in the build up to our exam, firstly with the slide presentation and handouts given, helping me achieve the pass mark necessary. The last two weeks have been very good.

 

Gerrard S.

Attended week 5 at Chandler’s Ford with Paul Brock commencing 18/01/2016

As with my last practical week here, I found Paul to be extremely helpfull and proffessional in every way. The other tutors and centre staff were very helpfull aswell, and my overall experience here this week has been very good.

 

Parashar M.

Attended week 3 at Watford with John Bryce commencing 18/01/2016

Tutors was very good and whenever I asked questions, he explained me very patiently. I appreciate his patience even though there were many students in the workshop but he managed the training session very well.

 

Obinna N.

Attended week 2 at Watford with Richard Simacek commencing 18/01/2016

Richard Simacek is best tutor I ever come in contact with in this centre. The professional way he communicate to students is out of none. This is my best week ever in this centre. Thank you Richard for every support.

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Jozsef L.

Attended week 1 at Watford with Sean Dunn commencing 11/04/2016

The training was excellent, informative and full of useful information. It was exciting to put in practice all the things what I learned in theory earlier. Sean (and everyone at ERR) was really helpful, he did a great job. Thank you. I really enjoyed the training and I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

 

Ian J.

Attended week 7 at Featherstone with Steve McNulty commencing 11/04/2016

Steve is an excellent teacher and puts things across very well. I have learnt t

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Christopher C.

Attended week 1 at Featherstone with Martin Sheriff commencing 19/01/2015

Martin is good at making the best sense out of difficult parts of the course and is good making sure all of students understand what they are doing and is always very approachable if you have any problems.

 

Oliver K.

Attended week 8 at Wolverhampton with John Howells commencing 09/05/2016

really good week with john, super knowledgable and friendly and really helpful for all of the class room. went out of his way to make sure everything was done and to help me and i could not appreciate that more. best centre i have been too and i have been to most of them. gtreat staff and great tutor

 

David B.

Attended week 3 at Featherstone with Martin Sheriff commencing 09/05/2016

Martin is a great tutor, his way of teaching really makes the info sink in. I doubt I would be as good as I am without him. he listens and explains things well, not moving on until you have understood what you need to and then is great on 1 to 1 if you are still struggling. a great teacher and a great asset to the centre.

 

Jones A.

Attended week 3 at Watford with Neil James commencing 19/10/2015

MR Neil was well in control of the week with classroom discussions, explanations of topics and most importantly as a good standby throughout the practical. I had a very experience and looking to be always. Thanks Jones Amos

 

Timothy F.

Attended week 4 at Wolverhampton with Vincent Doyle commencing 03/05/2016

This is a really good centre where you learn your trade, tutors are excellent with alot of knowledge. If you become stuck they guide you through with easy to follow steps. Overall another great two weeks.

 

Philip D.

Attended week 1 at Featherstone with Neil James commencing 03/05/2016

neil was spot on, he got right to the point with everything,help in all areas where i wasnt the best center was good place to work aswel all staff where straight forward good work keep it up cheers

 

Laimis B.

Attended week 10 at Watford with Sean Dunn commencing 03/05/2016

Amazing practice week with excellent and qualified teacher. Very clearly explained Training material and perfectly demonstrated in practice. Great teacher, great training centre, and a great staff. I am very happy. Thank you.

 

Timothy B.

Attended week 7 at Featherstone with Steve McNulty commencing 03/05/2016

Really enjoyed the week, it was hard going but worth putting in the work. Martin was with us most of the week. His personality helped me through, sometimes he can be sarcastic and take the micky out of me but in a funny kind of way I respond well to it. Was thoroughly enjoyable many thanks.

 

Ammar S.

Attended week 3 at Wolverhampton with Vincent Doyle commencing 25/04/2016

i really enjoyed coming to wolverhampton it was a really productive week even though i messed up my exams i know now which areas to revise on and will be ready next time my tutor vince has helped me every step of the way he has really encouraged me and provided me with lots of key knowledge by far vince has been the best tutor i have had so far and am planning to come back to wolverhampton so i can get taught by him really good teacher 5 star

 

Mariusz  S.

Attended week 2 at Wolverhampton with Gary Bailey commencing 25/04/2016

HI .I am from east EUROPE and may I say is it proffesional and perfect explaing for any my qestion.If sometimes I hade a problems with lots technician info ,then I easy recived answer. many thanks Mario

 

Steve A.

Attended week 4 at Featherstone with Martin Sheriff commencing 12/10/2015

even though I didn’t pass any of the exams due to my own fault the teaching was second to none martin is very good at what he dose and is very understanding an breaks things down to understand them in a professional way…

 

Kevin M.

Attended week 1 at Chandler’s Ford with Steve Baxter commencing 25/04/2016

my time here has been well spent i have learned new skills and knowledge prior to me attending the training i did find it hard at first but i intend to get better due to help of the staff which is excellent and makes me happy to want to learn more and improve on my new skills

 

Gerard O’D.

Attended week 2 at Watford with Joe Blower commencing 12/10/2015

Joe is a very knowledgeable man who has a rare gift of being able to get information across to people in ways they understand without being condescending. He has made this week both informative and pleasurable. I really hope that I have him again for my coming weeks.

 

Sean S.

Attended week 7 at Watford with Paul Agnew commencing 25/04/2016

paul is a good tutor, who helped input the course in my head and john lambert really helped me understand the different ways by very helpful demonstrations both paul and john deserve a medal for me passing my exams. I am very gratefull to them both

 

Soma B.

Attended week 2 at Chandler’s Ford with John Knox commencing 25/04/2016

After the appalling experience with New Career Skills run by headless chickens, ERR sets a brilliant standard of vocational training firms. John is a highly knowledgeable tutor with the patience of a saint, I’ll be looking forward to be in his class again.

 

Paul M.

Attended week 2 at Wolverhampton with Robert Fellows commencing 27/05/2014

THW TUTOR ROB WAS VERY GOOD AND WAS EXTREMELY PATIENT. ALWAYS WILLING TO ADVISE AND HELP OUT. THANK YOU! JOHN, THE ASSESSOR WAS ALSO VERY GOOD, FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL. PUT MY MIND AND NERVES TO EASE IN THE ASSESSMENT AND GAVE ME GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT! THANK YOU!

 

Gary B.

Attended week 2 at Wolverhampton with Justin Dean commencing 25/04/2016

Having been to a couple of the training centres during previouas practical weeks I would say that John has been an excellent Tutor. the manor in which things were both explained and demonstraited was excellent. if things were not understood fully it was re-explained both clearly and concisely. Really enjoyed the week!

 

Keven W.

Attended week 2 at Wolverhampton with Justin Dean commencing 25/04/2016

John Ryan was a great assor he explained everthing clearly and had alot of time for everybody he even missed his breaks some days to go over things with us older students …a big thankyou and i hope i get him next time im here ….

 

Grzegorz K.

Attended week 11 at Featherstone with Neil James commencing 25/04/2016

Really happy with the training received in Featherstone Centre. Neil, Mike,rest of tutors and admin staff are absolutely fabulous people. Very helpful, friendly. I am really pleased with help and information received over all those 11 weeks of training at Featherstone Centre.

 

Steven M.

Attended week 4 at Chandler’s Ford with Steve Baxter commencing 18/04/2016

Tutor was brilliant helped me with everything and even when i was ready to give up he encouraged me to keep going until i had completed the task evene though i got put in the wrong week and some miscommunications happened he helped me through everything thanks alot Steve Baxter.

 

Christian L.

Attended week 2 at Watford with Sean Dunn commencing 18/04/2016

had a very productive week yet again, and managed to achieve all practical assignments within a reasonable time. Sean was good at explaining and helps when help is needed. The atmosphere definitely helps with my learning as it is relaxed and you work at your own pace. I have had two good weeks.

 

Andrew I.

Attended week 1 at Wolverhampton with Justin Dean commencing 18/04/2016

John was very knowledgeble and always had time for anyone who needed help. I hope he’s the tutor I get for the whole course. I will definatly be trying my hardest to book in this centre for all my practical weeks.

 

Goran S.

Attended week 1 at Wolverhampton with Justin Dean commencing 18/04/2016

was an exellent experience working in this practice centre . staf was very helpful . John Rayn our tutor is explaining thinks in the right way so we all undurstend and very helpfull to all students .thanks !!!

 

Christian L.

Attended week 1 at Watford with Sean Dunn commencing 11/04/2016

the friendly, calm atmosphere within the centre definitely aided my learning. Sean is a friendly, calm teacher and him and Tom together have surplus knowledge within the welding industry and all welding processes. From having no experience with oxy-acetylene welding I completed all practical assessment within 2 days which I did not expect.

What our clients say – weekly update

Mr Huw P.

great week.

learned loads

 

Mr Darryl T.

excellent again thanks to john ryan

 

Mr Qasim H.

john is great teacher, all in all good week pleasent staff excellent he deserves a pay rise

 

Mr Humphrey C.

I am very impressed with overall learning experience.

Thanks very much

 

Mr Philip S.

ALL GOOD

 

Mr Daniel G.

great training center, nice friendly helpful staff

 

Mr Adam B.

the last two weeks have been very helpful. my tutor has showen me a lot and made me understand calaulations in a very simple format without compilcating it. would defently recommend.

 

Mr Andrew F.

learned a lot from Vince Doyale, very impresive course at Wolverhampton facilities.

 

Mr Jason L.

This guy really knows his stuff when it comes to Renewables.

Nice one

 

Miss Robyn M.

Have learnt lots here, and helped on areas didn’t fully understand. everyone has been great and helpful. thankyou everyone :)

 

Mr John Y.

good week again training.

 

Mr John W.

really happy with the training

 

Mr Paul M.

Excellent week.

 

Mr Russell D.

FOUND TERRY WAS GOOD NOT AS ENJOYABLE AS MIKE BUT HE IS VERY GOOD.

 

Mr Jason B.

enjoy the training has the tutors are pleasant

 

Mr Darren M.

I have fully enjoyed this week.

 

Mr Kevin J.

REALLY ENJOYED WEEK 3, TERRY PUT THINGS ACROSS REALLY WELL AND HELPED PREPARE US FOR EXAMS VERY WELL

 

Mr Darrell R.

Hi,

Terry is an amazing instructor who has an a broad since of knowledge when it comes to plumbing. The Centre is very clean and very organised. No complaints from my end. Perfect

 

Mr Korosh S.

I sea TOM in the centre he was very kind with me the same as Shuan . it was the best week for me after weeks one and two. thanks

 

Mr Edgar M.

very happy with everything.

 

Mr Jeff M.

I enjoyed my first week at the centre the staff where really professional and friendly

 

Mr Johnoye C.

really good place to train at

 

Mr Ziad M.

Paul and Chris were excellent and patient and very helpfull

 

Mr Oluwasanmi O.

I really enjoyed my training, and tutor, Mr Paul was brilliant. My thanks to all staff at ERR Watford.

 

Mr Ciprian C.

Verry good people teacher Bob

 

Mr Lewis M.

Great place.

 

Mr Charles H.

Bob is a deep fountain of practical and theoretical knowledge. would deffinetly chuck a penny in for some luck.

 

Mr Mark P.

I feel I have learned a great deal these two weeks the revision hand outs have been extremely helpful and have helped improved my knowledge on the subjects w have bee focusing on this week. I have enjoyed weeks 3 and 4 and am keen to complete week 5 as soon as possible.

 

Mr Barry M.

give paul a pay rise he is the best one here rilly nice blok wish I had him the hole way throu my corse

 

Mr Leroy S.

Thank you very much for all your help and answering of questions during my time here. Special thanks to Steve and Paul, their instruction has been top class whilst also having a very friendly approach to life. The workshops and tools wouldn’t be in the top condition if it wasn’t for Adey and Steve also. All admin staff are spot on, helpful and approachable. Once again thank you very much.

Mr Leo W.

Paul was very helpful and was able to get me through a fair number of assignments quite rapidly.

 

Mr David T.

training centre is very good, Steve is very knowledgeable and helpful tutor.

 

Mr Khaledur R.

MY TEACHER IS VERY GOOD AND FRIENDLY.HE ASSISTED ME A LOT ..THANKS DEAR SIR

 

Mr Robert S.

ERR are very good, friendly trainer and well equipped workshop (Leeds).

 

Mr Andrew M.

really enjoyed my time in centre and again Steve the tutor very helpful in demonstrating different welding techniques/positions to suit me.