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Construction Training – the Importance of Training for Construction Industry Success

CIF Training. 05/04/2018

The construction industry has seen some wide-ranging changes over recent years as the sector has modernised.  Developments in other industries have been making their way into construction, digital and technological progress has meant new developments in materials technology too, and it’s changing the way in which we work in every sector, not just construction.  Whilst traditional construction skills are still a vital part of our industry, the progress in other areas of construction mean that those working in the industry can benefit their careers by keeping up to date with the new developments.

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CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal

CIF Training. 14/03/2018

For those who work in the field of health and safety, especially health and safety in the workplace, staying up to date with developments within construction safety is a vital part of delivering an effective service, both to employers and the workforce.  Health and safety legislation often changes as we learn from real life incidents in the workplace and making sure your knowledge is current is an essential part of remaining compliant always.  This is the reason that health and safety professionals, especially within the construction industry, are required to regularly update their training with Safety Management Renewal courses for CPD purposes.

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The Benefits of Teamwork in the Workplace

CIF Training. 09/03/2018

The benefits of teamwork apply across all industries – some jobs simply cannot be done alone, whilst others will be enhanced by the efforts of more people. Individuals all have their own strengths, their own skills and their own ideas to bring to the table and, when they work together as a team, will create something far more powerful than anything that is turned out by one single person. Just look at the following compelling reasons for promoting teamwork in your organisation

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Construction Industry Environmental Management Training

CIF Training. 27/02/2018

Construction activity in the 21st Century is subject to environmental legislation as EU Directives drive significant changes to Irish legislation. The construction sector needs to play their part in collaborating to protect our environments in a rapidly changing world.  Businesses in Ireland must comply with specific European and Irish legislation to lessen their environmental footprint and this includes construction companies.

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Business Management Skills – Too Busy for Training? – Think Again!

CIF Training. 16/02/2018

Whatever type of industry you’re in, whether your role is professional, technical or administrative, if you’re expected to be responsible for a department, a team or an activity, then having the right type of business management skills is essential for success.  Managing a business successfully take a wide variety of skills that can take years to acquire on the job, so attending a business management skills course is a fast track to equipping yourself with the knowledge and techniques that can boost your career or your business.

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Assertive Communication Skills for Managers

CIF Training. 07/02/2018

Assertiveness is a skill that’s regularly referred to in social and communication skills training. Managers and business owners are regularly being advised that improving their personal and interpersonal skills will benefit their career and/or business. This is because somebody who is assertive is usually able to get their point across without becoming upset and without upsetting others, a vital issue when it comes to managing staff or employees.

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Air Tightness in Construction – Eight Fascinating Facts

CIF Training. 05/02/2018

Air Tightness in Construction - Eight Fascinating FactsWhen it comes to building houses and business premises, modern construction practices demand energy efficiency to comply with building & environmental legislation.  The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is the lead Department for the implementation of EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive which sets the energy and carbon dioxide emissions requirements for new and existing buildings subject to the Building Regulations.  Air Tightness is a vital issue when it comes to energy performance.

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The Appliance of Compliance

CIF Training. 29/01/2018

The Appliance of ComplianceDemonstrating compliance is a vital issue for the construction industry in Ireland. The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (BCAR or SI9) which came into force in March 2014 outline the statutory and regulatory requirements and obligations relating to starting, certifying completing and registering a building. The requirement to demonstrate compliance, while relatively new in Ireland, is standard practice in most northern European countries and is designed to ensure that building work is carried out within regulation standards to ensure that buildings are fit for purpose.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Virtual Learning

CIF Training. 22/01/2018

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Virtual LearningVirtual learning is a relatively new method of gaining an education in all types of subjects and, as with most things, it has its advantages and its disadvantages. Today we’re going to take an objective look at learning online and set out both the pros and the cons so that our readers have the information necessary to make an informed decision on whether this new type of learning will suit them.

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Soft Skills – What’s it all About?

CIF Training. 15/01/2018

You may have heard the term “soft skills” being used in recent years and many of us aren’t quite sure what soft skills are so today we have a full explanation for you.  Basically, soft skills are the personal attributes that enable somebody to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.  Hard skills are the job-specific skills and knowledge necessary to perform a job and are achieved through education, training programmes, certifications and on the job training. 

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