The construction industry has some of the most wide-ranging career options available with jobs encompassing a variety of different disciplines, both practical and organisational. When it comes to managing a successful building project, the overall responsibility for success lies with the Project Manager who will need the knowledge and experience necessary to oversee a busy and rapidly changing project. So, how do you prepare for a construction career in project management?Read more
CIF have released the Sep & Oct 2018 schedule of Construction Training courses available with CIF.
This schedule of construction training courses offered by CIF in 2018 is the result of comprehensive market surveys and client feedback. This list is designed to ensure that every course offered by CIF in 2018 addresses the needs of our clients, responds to market trends and industry requirements.Read more
The Building Control Act 1990 and the Building Control Regulations 1997 were introduced in order to guarantee minimum standards in building practice in relation to design and construction methods. The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (BCAR) represent one of the most significant changes to the Building Control Code and affect all stages of the building process from design to completion.Read more
Ireland has more than its fair share of historic buildings, adding to the beauty and interest of our country and attracting visitors from across the world. Protecting our heritage is essential and this means that our historic buildings need to be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. As our venerated old buildings become older, just like any other building, they need regular repair and maintenance work in order to survive the onslaughts brought by time and adverse weather conditions. While repairing and maintaining a relatively new building is an easy enough proposition, working on these older buildings presents us with more of a challenge requiring the competent tradesperson with specialist skill to undertake specialist construction activity.Read more
CIF Training’s QQI Level 5 Safety Representative training is a four day programme which follows the current QQI guidance on training for construction sector safety representatives. Successful candidates will not only receive a QQI Level 5 Certificate, they’ll also gain 28 Structured CIRI CPD (Continuous Personal Development) points. The course was specifically designed to enable construction companies who need to fill the safety representative role to comply with the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 & the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Construction Regulations 2013.Read more
Working at height in the construction industry is one of the most high-risk tasks you can do, significant numbers of fatal or life-changing accidents in the workplace involve a fall from height. That’s why using the right access equipment and making sure it’s in good condition is a vital element of working at height with scaffolding on site in safety.Read more
Temporary works is an expression that’s used in the construction industry for an engineered solution used to support or protect an existing structure or the permanents works during construction, or to support an item of plant or equipment, or the vertical sides or slopes of an excavation, or to provide access. Temporary works, just like other construction activities, will bring with them risks to the health and safety of workers on site and are subject to the BS 5975:2008+A1:2011 Code of Practice which provides practical guidelines on design, specification, construction, use of and dismantling of false work.Read more
Construction company owners and supervisors have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of themselves, employees and any other person who may be affected by work activities onsite. Accidents and poor health represent “hidden” costs for businesses in lost time, lost skills, increased insurance premiums and, in some cases, legal proceedings which can result in hefty fines. No matter how small your building business is, safety management is an essential part of operations.Read more
With the construction industry in Ireland facing a burgeoning skills shortage that’s predicted to get worse over the coming years, construction company owners often find it challenging to hire a workforce that has the skills and knowledge necessary to complete projects. A career in construction has not seemed an attractive option for school leavers in the past few decades and skills that were once taken for granted are becoming a rarity in some areas. As the ageing workforce has moved into retirement, finding replacements from a dwindling pool of qualified workers could lead to business owners turning down work because they don’t’ have the skilled staff to do the job.Read more
The construction industry in Ireland recently embarked on a transition year (TY) drive to help students interested in working in Ireland’s most progressive construction companies, with students expected to take part in work experience opportunities in both the offices of construction companies and onsite.
The past decade has brought significant changes to the construction industry, with new technology, enhanced safety, equality and diversity, backed by increased salaries, all of which combine to make a career in the 21st Century construction sector a cool choice for youngsters contemplating their future. Jobs have changed, new jobs have been created in the wake of the construction industry’s adoption of digital technologies, and new skills are required by the sector if it is to fulfil the demand for new housing stock and infrastructure.Read more