Assertive Communication Skills for Managers


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.

Air Tightness in Construction – Eight Fascinating Facts


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.

The Appliance of Compliance


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.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Virtual Learning


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.

Soft Skills – What’s it all About?


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. 

The Virtues of Virtual Learning


With the advent of the internet, education is changing rapidly and radically.  Computers make it easier for students to take notes, write essays, complete papers and present their work in a legible fashion.  The internet makes research so much easier than using traditional methods – all the information you need is instantly available at the touch of a button.

Construction Industry Federation – What’s it all About?


The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is the Irish construction industry’s representative body which provides its members with a broad range of services which include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Recruitment and Training
  • Engagement with Government, Statutory and other Industry Organisations
  • Legal and Industrial Relations Consultation
  • Marketing and Industrial Intelligence Reports

NEW CIF Training Schedule 2018


2018 is almost upon us and CIF have released the 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.

Become a CIF member and have access to special offers.