Metropolitan International Schools is very proud to see one of its NVQ students being “recommended” to appear on the BBC’s DIY SOS.
Ronnie Mcgrory, 29, from Wordsley, who studied with Metropolitan International Schools, was “recommended” to appear on the emotional home repair series following a plea for local trades to help on a recent build.
It all came as a bit of stock to Ronnie who said, “we were recommended for the show”.
Ronnie stayed on the build for the full nine days but doesn’t want to spoil where the show was filmed. However, look out for him, you won’t miss him.
Ronnie is sporting the grey sweatshirt, right of centre, with Nick Knowles in the background.
Ronnie started his course in 2013, doing his practical training in ERR Wolverhampton, and completed his NVQ at premises in Stoke on Trent, June 2017.
Ronnie hopes that his quality training will inspire others to become a fully qualified Trades people.
Almost 25,000 people have signed a petition demanding the Government gives the police the tools they need to halt a crime ‘craze’ which trades people say is putting their livelihoods under threat.
Thieves are using a trick to peel thousands of locked van doors ‘like bananas’.The gangs are using simple brute force to break in to builders’ vans and steal the tools of their trade.
The technique is simple – the thieves grab the top of the van’s back or side doors and use their knees to apply pressure. They then pull the doors open from the top ‘like tins of sardines’.
Lee Watts, from West Bromwich, who started the petition after becoming a victim of van peelers, said: “Our Government must look strongly into the growing problem of tool theft from vans and must impose much tougher penalties on those convicted of these crimes. Not only that but I will also be looking for our Government to put stricter guidelines and laws in place for selling second hand tools.”
Lee, aged 43, said: “We have got a major problem and it is crippling people. Thieves are targetting work vans and peeling doors off. They are stealing tools and damaging livelihoods. It is affecting families as well. These people are committing crimes.”
The tradesman, who runs Koncept Interiors, said he is determined to get a ‘strong petition’ together.
He said: “I have been targeted myself and had tools stolen, I know how difficult that is to recover from for a business.
“We just don’t get enough help, I don’t blame the police, I think the courts need to take more action and give out stronger sentences to these people.
“These aren’t petty crimes, this is a big thing and these thefts are organised in groups.
“I am going to get a strong petition together and at the very least raise awareness of how serious this problem is.”
It is an increasing problem for all tradesmen and women. It takes years and a expense to build up a tool kit and a van.
Lee said: “More and more people are being affected by this crime and it needs to be stopped. I want this petition to reach Parliament to demand new laws that impose a minimum two year sentence on those convicted of vandalising vans and stealing tools. Also, we need a system that ensures any victim will be reimbursed for their loss in full immediately to enable that person to carry on working.”
Other campaigners Spencer Hargrave and Paul Butterfield, who run a building firm, said the crime has increased in the UK this year.
They estimate five such crimes are taking place each day – with thousands of pounds worth of tools stolen.
Spencer, aged 38, from Leeds, said police call the trick ‘peek and seek’.
“People have described it as like peeling a banana or opening a tin of sardines,” he said.
It means they can go round without any tools to break into vans so if they get caught they can’t get done for being equipped.”
He said the best way to stop the weakness in the doors is to add extra locks or reverse so the doors aren’t on show.
Landscaper Adam Smith, 41, from Lincoln, estimates the total cost of the thefts has reached almost £578,000.
Adam said he had made manufacturers aware of the problem: “It is an epidemic of massive proportions and most tradesmen have been affected.
“It is a huge problem in our industry.”
Lee’s petition states: “Our Government must look strongly into the growing problem of tool theft from vans and must impose much tougher penalties on those convicted of these crimes.
Estimated number of trade’s workers needed between 2018 to 2022:
Wood trades and interior fit-out: 520,580
Electrical trades and installation: 380,000
Plumbing and HVAC Trades: 329,530
Industry must collaborate on a range of skills and recruitment challenges.
UK construction needs to boost apprenticeships and work placements.
Turning to the challenges posed by Brexit, industry must refresh its approach to training, focusing on recruiting a UKbased workforce.
Housing remains an industry priority. In last November’s budget the Chancellor pledged to increase the annual rate of housing building from 217,000 to 300,000. This report shows that housing output, both public and private, will expand at a reasonably robust rate to 2022.
Encouragingly, growth looks more balanced and, vitally, sustainable. This year, although it’s still set to grow faster than other sectors, we are expecting the housing sector to make greater contribution.
These are the jobs you need if you want to earn a salary higher than the national average.
You’re likely to be better off to the tune of £2,000 with these highly-skilled roles By Carl Stroud 12th February 2018, 9:35 am Updated: 12th February 2018, 11:52 am TRAINEE plumbers, electricians and bricklayers can expect to earn well above the national average when they are qualified, according to a new study. They will benefit to the tune of £2,000 a year by 2022, research by Screwfix found. Tradespeople including bricklayers can expect to earn well above the national average when they’re qualified.
The DIY chain predicted that the highest earners will be plumbers and electricians, with pay set to reach £31,000.
The average annual salary of a tradesperson will be over £27,500 by 2022, said the report, while the average UK salary is expeted to rise to £25,009.
Graham Bell, chief executive of Screwfix, said: “The research supports our belief that a trade apprenticeship is a strong career choice for young people in this country. “Apprenticeships lead to careers in highly skilled jobs, which are in high demand and therefore attract a healthy, competitive salary.
The average annual salary of a tradesperson is set to be over £27,500 by 2022, according to a new report “For young people starting out they offer a great career choice without the burden of large debts from university fees.” It comes after it was revealed one London plumber earns an astonishing £210,000 a year.
He told the Mail on Sunday: “Every day is fun. You can go to a place where some woman has water gushing through the ceilings and is crying, so it’s a nice feeling when you stop the water and make her happy.
“I can’t really see myself stopping any time soon, to be honest. I enjoy my work.”
“I’m a worker. I’ll be working till I drop, I think.”
“On a Friday night, when people ask if I want to go for a beer, I am shattered.”
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.”
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.