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PCA Weekly News - 29th January 2022

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • New Guidance on Japanese knotweed published!
  • CITBS's Funding for Travel & Accommodation
  • Missed the latest Webinar? View the recording!
  • New Upcoming Webinar: RICS Japanese knotweed guidance
  • Surveyors Training in Scotland
  • HSE's Working Minds Campaign

New Guidance on Japanese knotweed published!

As reported last week, we were delighted to see the launch of new Guidance from RICS on the assessment of Japanese knotweed impacts on residential property earlier this week. This is a landmark change and will impact PCA members, estate agents/vendors and surveyors/lenders on the new risk categories. We have eight weeks to get used to the new scheme before it is implemented (March 23rd), so now is the time to discuss how it works, especially by comparison with the one it is replacing. In light of this, your Technical Manager Peter Fitzsimons covers a few of the key areas in his latest blog, which members can access via the button below.

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CITBS's Funding for Travel & Accommodation

We can share with our members and all construction professionals that CITB has launched their ‘Travel to Train’ initiative, which provides additional funding support for all travel and accommodation costs associated with our Specialist Apprenticeship Programmes. Accommodation: Employers can receive 80% of the hotel cost per apprentice, upon completion of the online Grant Application Form Travel: CITB will reimburse up to £100 per apprentice/per week for travel costs to a PCA training facility. (Employers pay the first £30 per candidate). For more information, including what forms to complete and who to return them to, members can click on the button below.

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Missed the Webinar? View the recording!

Thank you to all who joined our first live broadcast for 2022 yesterday! This was our biggest audience to date with a record 500+ attendees, including some influential organisations within in the industry. The engagement was great and we have received lots of questions too, which we will follow up in due course. If you missed it, don't worry, simply click on the button below to watch the recording...

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Webinar: RICS Japanese knotweed guidance

Following on from the success of yesterdays webinar, we have another hot topic for you in our 2022 series. Join us and PCA’s Peter Fitzsimons on 24th February 2022 (9-10am) as he discusses the new RICS guidance on Japanese Knotweed and asks "what exactly has changed in the way we assess risk" and "how will it impact surveyors, property & construction professionals"?. Click on the button below to find out more and to register...

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Surveyor's Training - in Scotland

Why not take advantage of training at a location that's a little closer to home? For members who are based in Scotland or the north of the country, our NEW location at the University of Stirling is ideal for our Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness in Buildings (CSTDB) training course. At a time when we need to address the skills shortage, investing in training and development has never been more important to us all. To find out more about the course taking place in February (22nd-24th), click on the button below...

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HSE's Working Minds Campaign

Within many of our member companies and our construction/property related friends, workplace stress is being felt like never before! With this in mind, we thought many of you might be interested in HSE's Working Minds campaign. The goal is to primarily increase awareness of work-related stress, anxiety and depression and the impact this can have on the mental health of employees. For those interested in finding out more, you can click on the button below.

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