Industry News

Forestry Commission to support community development in Northern England

First TransPennine Express (FTPE) and the Forestry Commission (FC) are looking for Environmental projects in the North of England and Southern Scotland to support.

As reported by the bid, "FTPE and FC would like to inspire people to make a positive improvement to their community and improve their local environment" by financing individual projects of up to £2,500 each. 

The FTPE and FC Green Grants are available for physical environmental improvements that benefit the community e.g. tree planting, habitat restoration, wildlife protection/enhancement etc.

Applications can be submitted until the 30th of October 2015, while the winning grants will be selected in November 2015.

To apply, click here.

CPI seeks removal of EUTR exemption on printed products

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has joined the consultation on the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), underlining strength and weaknesses of the international scheme. 

Significantly, according to the CPI, the current exemption for printed products should be removed: "The current scheme excludes from regulation printed products such as books, magazines and other products of the printing industry.  EUTR enabling legislation requires product coverage to be reviewed to take into account the current economic and trade situation; the opportunity should be taken to remove this anomaly. European Union based printers are (quite correctly) required to prove the legality of their paper, yet printers  based in countries where illegally logged material is likely to be present have no such requirement."

Another critical point regards the aligment with other international schemes. "A number of other countries already have, or are developing, schemes with similar objectives – notably the Lacey Act in the USA and the Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation in Australia.  As illegal logging is an international issue, it would make sense that these schemes/regulations should be aligned as closely as possible", highlighted the CPI.  

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Montsaye Academy wins CPI PaperWorks Design competition

Montsaye Academy in Northamptonshire has won the Confederation of Paper Industries’ (CPI) PaperWorks Design and Technology competition for Cardboard Packaging.

The awarded team proposed a striking concept for a gift pack capable of holding a range of miniature toiletry items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash and deodorant.

The winning entry, aptly named Rise and Shine, from the Montsaye Academy’s team of 11-14 year olds, was based on the “Smile Surprise” brief and has earned its Design and Technology department a cheque for £250, while the students involved in designing the packaging will be rewarded with a £50 Waterstones gift card.

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TTJ Career Development Award 2015

New entries for the TTJ Career Development Award 2015 will be accepted until 14 August. The Award, organised by the Timber Trade Journal (TTJ), recognises the skills development of individual employees within the timber industry, and is split into two age categories, for under and over-25s.

The Under-25 category is for newcomers and ‘trainees’ in the sector and recognises their achievement in timber and other relevant training and qualifications at the outset of their career.

The Over-25 category is for older employees who have been in the business a while, but have shown commitment to developing their skills and knowledge on an on-going basis through some form of continuing professional development training and education.

Click here to download the entry form.

CYT's Budding Brunels projects on Greenwich Peninsula

The first of three Budding Brunels projects, organised by the Construction Youth Trust (CYT) in partnership with global construction consultancy AECOM, has taken place in Greenwich.

Students networked with a broad range of professional volunteers from AECOM and Wates gaining an insight into roles as diverse as Energy Engineer, Urban Designer, Transaction Advisor and Site Manager. What will be “The Waterman” residential tower on the Greenwich Peninsula regeneration set the scene for the live site visit on day one.

Day two saw the piloting of the new Budding Brunels course structure and supporting activities. The team has been developing an enhanced curriculum that is designed to be more interactive and challenging for students

Budding Brunels is a 3-day course which is aimed at those in Year 12 and 13 who are interested in finding out more about working in the construction professions. Find out more here.