Beamish Museum Plans to Make History

Beamish Museum’s new project expected to create around 100 construction jobs

Beamish Museum is an open air museum in England. It has been around for quite a while and now is planning to expand. The project is expected to cost around £18 million and will bring around 100 new jobs related to construction. The project is titled ‘Remaking Beamish’ and is the biggest project in the 48-year history of the museum. 30 new exhibits are planned to be added, which will include a 1950s town and farm, along with a Georgian cottage and a coach house.

The new project will create around 100 construction jobs which will also include construction apprenticeships which will provide a great opportunity to learn alongside skilled and experienced mentors. The work has already started and is expected to finish around 2021.

Project Beamish is quite big and around 30 people from different trades will be working simultaneously on four building sites at any one time. The 1950s town will also include a cinema which is being moved from Sunderland. It will also include a community center, homes, shops, café and other similar structures.

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The project is expected to create around 100 new jobs and training opportunities, including up to 50 apprenticeships.

Spain’s Field Farm, from Weardale, has been de-constructed and will be rebuilt at Beamish to tell the story of rural life in the 1950s.

The expansion of the 1820s Landscape will include a coaching inn where visitors can stay overnight.

There will also be a recreation of murdered Joe the Quilter’s cottage.

The extension is expected to attract an extra 100,000 tourists to the region.

The museum will remain open throughout the building programme.

Author: Kali Lindsay

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The Importance of Health and Safety Training

Here is why health and safety training is important

Safety at work is very important. More than 200 people die every year due to accidents at work and more than 1 million get injured. Furthermore, more than 2 million suffer from sicknesses caused by their work. One of the most dangerous industries is the forestry and the odds of getting killed there are 6 times more as compared to a construction site. Prevention of accidents and poor health must be a priority for everyone at work. The employees of any organization are vital and valuable for the future of that particular organization. If you are the manager of a forestry contracting business, you must make the safety of your employees a top priority and must prepare them for the challenges of the job by training them properly.

If you provide health and safety training to the employees, you ensure that the employees do not get sick or injured due to the work they do. The health and safety training also helps to develop a positive, healthy and safe culture where the safe operation of day to day activities becomes natural to them.

The results of health and safety training are not just short term but are rather long term. The employees that undergo the health and safety training will become accustomed to staying safe at work and will ensure that all the safety standards are complied.

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What is training?

Training means helping people to learn how to do something, telling people what they should or (often as important) should not do, or simply giving them information. Training isn’t just about formal ‘classroom’ courses and obtaining ‘tickets’ (certificates) to work.

Within the forestry industry, there are growing concerns about the level of competence and high expectations of newly trained/qualified operators. What makes someone more employable and valued is their experience gained through on the job training & consolidation, and non formal training in the form of ‘continuous professional development’ (CPD).

Your members of staff become more motivated, remain loyal and committed. Management of CPD allows you, the forestry contractor, to attract, recruit & retain the best people. By demonstrating workforce competence your business is given direction and an enhanced image. This is not just about health and safety. Increasingly, clients are demanding evidence of ability to undertake contracts to a suitable quality, and businesses have been shown to benefit from being able to provide this information, by winning contracts over other companies.

Why manage CPD you might ask?

Well, amongst other things, it’s good for business. What counts for CPD, is any subject that you think is relevant to your personal development. A plethora of subjects count towards CPD including courses, seminars, conferences, workshops, full and part time study and other training, etc . However, CPD needs planning. The individual needs to look at his/her weaknesses for example in core skills – what you do well and in a lack of skills, what needs to be improved. The individual also needs to look at opportunities and threats including new trends, any obstacles and changing roles.

Of course, all individuals will also learn, increase their knowledge and skills simply by doing their job; in other words, gaining experience. This is also part of CPD. The fresh-faced new employee with his recently – gained certificates of competence will not usually be able to equal the productivity of a more experienced operator but with support and supervision from his colleagues he will pick things up every day. Be aware, though, that everyone brings something to the process: He might be slow but he might also have learnt a few techniques that make life easier – and safer. Equally, the more experienced, senior colleague may be quick but may also have picked up a few bad habits along the way. This type of give-and-take has been going on in the workplace for ever and is just as valuable now as it has ever been.

CPD could also be used in forming a nationally recognized, auditable and credible structure to acknowledge individual operators training, certification and career progression, a register of Tree Work Operatives. This scheme would have a large advantage if it could be made to happen, but cost would be the main barrier to progress.

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Some Benefits of eLearning in the Construction Industry

These are some benefits of eLearning in the construction industry

Construction industry today is much more complex than it used to be in the past. In the recent past, especially, there has been an exponential increase in the complexity of the sector.  The reason behind this complexity is the adoption and implementation of the International Billing Code (IBC) throughout the most of the United States. Indeed, there are other factors behind the complexity too. Such factors include government regulations imposed by agencies, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Another very important factor that has given rise to complexities in the construction sector is the recent increase in severe weather events, such as hurricanes.

All the aforementioned factors have contributed to the increase in complexities in the construction sector. Projects of all sizes, including new constructions and renovations have undergone several complex changes now. Business owners and leaders are constantly training their employees and workforce to handle the increased complexity of handling different construction projects in today’s modern world.

The business owners are now faced with a challenge to increase and enhance the knowledge of their employees quickly and in an efficient manner to meet the expectations of their customers and that too at good, competitive costs to stay ahead in the game. So, eLearning has become vitally important these days. Leaders can train their employees using valuable electronic resources and grow faster in the modern world.

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Convenience – construction industry employers like to take advantage of down time in their project schedules in order to provide training for their employees. When using standard brick and mortar training resources, employers need to schedule employees to go to a site to be trained. By using eLearning resources, construction firms can implement training on the fly to take advantage of downtime on sites as a result of job delays such as inclement weather conditions.

Save Money – the cost for sending employees off site for training is much higher when compared to eLearning. The costs of training off site include travel, fuel, parking as well as airfare, hotels and per diem when the travel to the training site involves overnight stays. eLearning limits the costs of training by eliminating these associated costs.

Self-Paced for Employees – all employees learn at a different pace. Some employees learn content faster than others. And some go to a deeper level of understanding than other employees do. The use of eLearning technology allows employees to learn at a pace that more closely matches their learning styles instead of having to adopt the same pace as a larger group class.

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