PCA Weekly News - 19th December 2020

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas
  • Meet our 2020 Award Winners!
  • We understand damp, don’t we?
  • Green Homes Grant Scheme – Make sure you’re up to date
  • Securing our Apprenticeship until 2022!
  • Online Training – Grab the last space in January!
  • Reflections on the year that was….2020!
  • HSE Survey into the Impact of Covid-19

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas

As we near the end of 2020 and following a few blogs from the team as we reflect on how some of our sectors have fared, it is safe to say we have certainly endured one of the hardest years on record – both financially and mentally.

We have all felt the challenges that 2020 has thrown at us but as always, have remained focused on working with and for you, our members. As we take a break over the festive period and close the office from 5pm Friday 18th December until Monday 4th January 2021, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and to wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas.

We look forward to seeing you in a, hopefully, less socially distanced and prosperous 2021.

 

Meet our 2020 Award Winners!

Huge congratulations to all of our Award Winners! It has not been quite what we had hoped for our conferences, events & Best Practice Awards this year, so we are delighted to still be able to award the PCA Contractor and Student of the Year for 2020! So let’s meet our winners:

  • Intona Ltd – Contractor of the Year (Damp & Timber)
  • RTC – Contractor of the Year (Damp & Timber)
  • Walker & Walker Waterproofing Ltd – Contractor of the Year (Structural Waterproofing)
  • Advanced Preservations Ltd – Contractor of the Year (Structural Waterproofing)
  • Helmrig Ltd t/a Knotweed Eradication – Contractor of the Year (Japanese knotweed)
  • Environet Ltd – Contractor of the Year (Japanese knotweed)
  • Alan Derbyshire of Dryfix Preservation Ltd – Technician of the Year (Damp & Timber)
  • Fraser Rafton of Dryfix Preservation Ltd – Technician of the Year (Structural Waterproofing)
  • Paul Ceconi of Japanese Knotweed Ltd – Technician of the Year (Japanese knotweed)
  • Sam Rossall of RTC – The Graham Coleman Award: Timber & Damp Exams
  • Tim Thomas of Master Builders Solutions – Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing
  • Eugenia Siccardi of Phlorum Ltd – Certificated Surveyor in Japanese knotweed
  • John Hawker of Renlon Ltd – Apprentice of the Year (Damp & Timber)

Please join us in congratulating them all and we have everything crossed that we can get back to ‘normal’ proceedings next year! For more information on our events and dates held for 2021, simply click on the button below.

Meet the Winners >>

 

We understand damp, don’t we?

If the process of evaluating, interpreting and correcting moisture imbalance becomes automated, it will open up a world of possibility. And as we use new and emerging technologies to create healthy, safe living conditions, ‘can we, or should we, be insisting that landlords and vendors supply purchasers and tenants with moisture safety certificates? If legislation exists for gas, fire and electrical safety, then why not for damp?’

It’s a question your CEO Steve Hodgson asks in his latest Hodgson View, which members can read by clicking on the button below.

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Green Homes Grant Scheme – Make sure you’re up to date

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has updated guidance for installers on the Green Homes Grant application process. For those members who may have missed it, please click on the button below.

We will of course continue to share any updates to the Green Homes Grant Scheme, but in the meantime, members can check out our Information Hub and the TrustMark website.

Updated Guidance >>

Securing our Apprenticeship until 2022!

We are pleased to share with members that CITB has granted an extension to our apprenticeship offering, enabling us to continue with our Specialist Apprenticeship Programme until March 2022. As we strive to provide steps to a career within these specialist sectors, this ensures that you, our members, have the opportunity to book onto these fundamental programmes. The next intake dates are as follows:

Damp & Timber Apprenticeship Programme: 15th-18th March 2021
Structural Waterproofing Apprenticeship Programme: 8th-11th February 2021

To find out more about the apprenticeship programme, or to secure a place please contact Jade on 01480 400000 / jade@property-care.org.

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Online Training – Grab the last space in January!

We are ECSTATIC to announce to members that there is just ONE place remaining on January’s Online Surveyor Training course! Conveniently all at the click of a button, there are a whole host of benefits for members – here’s a reminder of what’s included:

  • 10 live training broadcasts & 12 recorded online learning videos
  • 6 interactive sessions delivered by 9+ professional trainers
  • A whole suite of additional & recommended learning materials
  • Great foundation study for the CSTDB/CSDB exams

Don’t miss out, get in touch by clicking on the button below…

Get in Touch! >>

 

Reflections on the year that was….2020!

After his ’round up’ of the Invasive Weed sector last week, your Technical Manager Peter Fitzsimons gives us his review of the ups and downs of the pandemic from his personal perspective.

Members can read more by clicking on the button below.

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HSE Survey into the Impact of Covid-19

There is no denying that Covid-19 has greatly increased the risks of work-related stress and mental health. To understand this impact further, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has developed two short surveys – one for workers and one for the employer (or people that represent the business or organisation).

If any members want to complete the survey, whether you think COVID-19 has or hasn’t, had an impact on you or your role, then please click on the links below:

Worker’s survey
Employer’s survey

 

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