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BWF appoints new Training Manager to focus on Skills & Education across Woodworking sector

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has appointed a new Training Manager to help ramp up work in the education, training and skills arena for the joinery and woodworking industry.

Tony Batchelor joins the BWF team following former Membership & Training Director Dave Campbell’s departure. Mr Batchelor will be responsible for delivering on the BWF’s three core training objectives: increasing recruitment into the sector; maintaining and developing high quality qualifications and delivery partners, and fostering a culture of continuous learning in the industry. 

The new role will focus exclusively on training and Mr Batchelor will also support the development of associated commercial products.

BWF Chief Executive Iain McIlwee commented on the new appointment: "Perhaps the biggest change the joinery sector currently faces is to the skills landscape. With CITB's role under review, changes to Apprenticeship Funding, and core qualifications being radically reformed, there are huge opportunities for BWF to help develop the training environment that the industry needs."

"We have a good training strategy, but to meet these challenges and opportunities head on we need a fully focussed and dedicated training post within BWF. Now for the first time we have a dedicated training manager role which isn’t split with other responsibilities."

With a wealth of experience on construction industry training matters through working at CITB, Mr Batchelor has previously engaged with construction industry representatives across the four home nations to develop National Occupational Standards, training and qualification solutions, and trailblazer apprenticeships for a wide range of occupational areas.

Having spent the early years of his working life in the public transport sector, Tony worked on training and skills projects for much of his subsequent career including a spell contracted to the British Council to deliver training on vocational and educational projects in Asia.

 

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Sir Peter Bonfield receives Honorary Doctorate of Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University

Sir Peter Bonfield, Chief Executive of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Group, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by the Edinburgh Napier University.

The award comes as it emerged that Sir Bonfield has also been appointed to a Government fire safety advisory panel set up to implement lessons from the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Sir Bonfield is passionate about the role science and engineering play in finding solutions to the challenges facing the built environment, with sustainability as his main focus.

Sir Bonfield commented: “I am so pleased and honoured to receive this award from a university that I have long admired for its pioneering, ambitious and impactful research and teaching that is so distinctive. It is a great pleasure to have this new association.”

Edinburgh Napier University’s Institute for Sustainable Construction has enjoyed a long working relationship with BRE Group under the guide of Professor Sean Smith, Director of Sustainable Construction, who is also a BRE Trust Fellow. 

The Institute for Sustainable Construction (ISC) worked in partnership with BRE Group to establish the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig.

 

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Grown In Britain celebrates its 4th Birthday with British-grown timber Survey

Grown In Britain, the British-grown timber marketing campaign, turns 4 years old today.

In celebration of its anniversary, Grown in Britain has launched its first annual survey for the construction supply chain and wood-using industries, open to all, available at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/38HCDNM.

The Campaign can now rely on the support of nearly 200 organisations in fifteen different sectors from construction companies to wildlife organisations.

Its licensing system, assuring British wood origins along supply chains, accounts for an area of British forest equivalent to around 345,000 football pitches. That's like saying Grown in Britain has now licensed enough timber to fill Big Ben 395 times.

With much of the British-grown timber supply base on board, along with major constructor contractors, Grown in Britain is now concentrating on connecting British timber supply chains. The campaign recently signed a strategic promotional partnership with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and is working closely with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) on promotional projects for British-grown timber.

“Positive perceptions of British timber along the supply chains to market are crucial to the continuing development of the industry,” says Grown in Britain CEO Dougal Driver.

“The views of builders’ and timber merchants, joinery and furniture producers, builders and landscapers, and designers using wood will influence where we take the campaign in the next four years. We encourage everyone to get involved and take the anniversary survey. In less time than it takes to drink a mug of coffee you’ll have made a contribution to the future of Britain’s timber industries,” Mr Driver adds.
 

 

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AHEC unveils interactive map showing US Hardwood Forests' volumes, growth and removals

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has launched an interactive map showing hardwood forests' growth, removal and volume in the United States.

The map displays data collected by the U.S. Forest Service on a national, state and county level providing regularly updated information for most of the main commercial American hardwood species.

“It’s a dynamic tool that accurately reflects what’s going on in the forest and it will dramatically change the way we promote the sustainability of American hardwoods,” said Mike Snow, AHEC executive director.

It’s a new way for communicating environmental credentials and will make it easier for architects, designers and wood industries to demonstrate the sustainability of the timber they use.”

 

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CTI Blog - It’s time for a holistic approach to Fire Safety problem

This guest blog post is by David Oldfield, Chairman of BWF Fire Door Scheme and Head of Joinery at Arnold Laver

 

The stories we hear about Grenfell Tower are concerning and the BWF team has been working tirelessly since the tragedy to provide the necessary support and advice to those involved and ensure that corrective action is timely and efficient.

Fire doors are in every building that we live in, work in and sleep in, but they are often overlooked, ignored and allowed to slip into a sorry state.

Many people do not realise that the real job of a fire door is to hold back fire, smoke and toxic gases, delaying the spread around a building and keeping the vital means of escape route clear. They only work properly if they are specified, manufactured, installed and maintained correctly, and of course, closed when a fire breaks out.

Fire Door Safety Week investigations have pointed to an endemic fire safety problem in this type of housing stock and many other residential, recreational, leisure, healthcare and educational buildings.

It is sadly not uncommon to see buildings without fire doors, no emergency lighting or signage on doors and escape routes, broken fire rated glass, wedged-open fire doors, poor fire stopping around service hatches that breach compartmentation, no intumescent or smoke seals in fire doors, rubbish and combustible material left in the common areas.

In the catalogue of issues that the full investigation will reveal, it is clear that there are systemic failures that need to be looked at. We must look for quick wins, but take a holistic approach to active and passive options to ensure that we can all live, recover, work, learn and play in relative safety.

Our hope is not simply that full and comprehensive inspections and risk assessments happen now, but that their recommendations are acted upon quickly, and that the regulatory framework is addressed and policed with suitable resource to ensure we don’t simply create a hiatus and allow matters to drift back to the reprehensible state they are now in.

We also reiterate our call for a Register of Responsible Persons so that the responsible person is not a mystery person lurking in the shadows, but must be front and centre so that people know where to take their problems.

By identifying the responsible person by name and providing the appropriate contact details, residents and building users are empowered to raise problems. This also ensures that those responsible for keeping them safe are made aware of issues directly. This doesn’t do away with the need for fire risk assessments, but supplements an effective process by harnessing the crowd to stay vigilant.

 

More info:

See Best Practice To Refurbishing Fire Doors Guide here

See pecialist advice on fire doors in social housing produced for Fire Door Safety Week here

 

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