Monthly Archives: March, 2016

Brick Tower Challenge at Ronald Ross School

Construction came to Mr Manning’s Year 4 class recently, who undertook an exciting team activity where groups of students acted as small construction companies planning, designing, costing and constructing a tower made from Lego bricks.  The activity started with Powerpoint presentation based around tower building design and usage.  Some of the tallest towers in the UK and around the rest of the World were reviewed, together with one interesting fact about each building.  The challenge promotes team working, problem solving and communication skills through a simulated construction project.  The winners were the team who could build the tallest tower, for the cheapest cost (least bricks) and in the fastest time, with the added complication of having to balance a cream egg upon the top!DSC00261

London RIBA Awards 2016

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced that 68 buildings in the Capital have been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA London Awards.  Neilcott’s project at the London Oratory School being one.LonOratorySch-111214-020

All shortlisted buildings will now be visited and carefully assessed by one of four regional juries. The winners of this year’s RIBA London Awards will then be announced at a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, 3rd May 2016. The ceremony takes place at the Stirling Prize nominated University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street Building. London Regional winners will then be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.

London LABC Building Excellence Awards 2016

labc_logo_with_strap_24mmNeilcott’s John Ball Primary School project has been shortlisted for 2 London LABC Building Excellence Awards – Best Educational Building and Best Inclusive Building.

LABC President Peter Keates said: “LABC leads the provision of an outstanding building control service to the construction industry. We are dedicated to growing and developing strong partnerships, which create exciting projects that really deliver high standards through, team work, creativity, and innovation. These awards are an opportunity for us to recognise the high level of skill and professionalism the industry is capable of achieving.”

Paul Everall, Chief Executive of LABC, said: “The LABC Building Excellence Awards reflect the ability of the best in the construction industry to deliver high standards of design and workmanship, which lead to safe and sustainable buildings where people are thrilled to live and work. Our awards are unique because they recognise how co-operation between our winners and local authority building control teams improves building quality and professionalism across the industry.”

The LABC awards are a level playing field where small local architects and builders rub shoulders with large PLCs.

National Apprenticeship Week 2016

National Apprenticeship Week is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.  Neilcott believe that there has never been a better time to employ an apprentice or a trainee.  Hiring apprentices help businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.  The National Apprenticeship Service provides a dedicated service to employers, offering free expert advice and support to those looking to recruit apprentices or take on a trainee for the first time, or expand their existing programmes.   Neilcott is delighted to support the 2016 National Apprenticeship Week and more information on taking an apprentice of offering a traineeship can be obtained from the National Apprenticeship Service on 0800 150 600 or and search “apprenticeships” or “trainees”. The ninth annual National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 14-18 March, 2016 with hundreds of events expected to take place across England.  Every year the Week increases in popularity and National Apprenticeship Week 2015 was a huge success.  Events that took place ranged from business events designed to encourage more employers to recruit apprentices, to interactive careers events aimed at potential apprentices.

For 2016, supporters are being encouraged to organise events and activity around that will help to celebrate the overarching theme “Rise to the Top”.  Neilcott are involved with a number of these being organised at local Schools and Colleges, Neilcott currently engage a number of  trade and professional apprentices and have done so for a number of years.  Neilcott are excited to be involved with Apprenticeship Scheme’s to identify potential apprentices to support our needs. We see this relationship as a strategic education partnership of the highest order, which combines the needs of our present workforce with the needs of the future. Neilcott understand that apprenticeships offer a proven solution whereby employers can attract motivated individuals who are keen to learn alongside existing employees in a customised training programme which reflects the needs of our organisation.

As proof that the Young Apprenticeship Programme really is beneficial, Neilcott’s first post-16 Apprentice, Jay Sparkes, finished his Young Apprenticeship Programme in 2010 and started a full time post in July of that year. Jay started out on a young apprenticeship programme at Barking and Dagenham College and continued his full time post-16 apprenticeship there. He said “The Young Apprenticeship Programme gave me a head start in getting some practical skills before entering the job market and I would definitely recommend the scheme to other secondary school students. It helped me to get a job I really enjoy – and one where I can keep learning new skills”.  Jay is now working permanently with Neilcott’s supply chain and has become an excellent mentor to new apprentices.

The world is changing fast. With fierce competition for jobs there’s never been a better time to have marketable skills. But you don’t need to sit in a class all day to get them. With an Apprenticeship you can earn while you’re learning and gain recognised qualifications as you work.National-apprenticeship-Week-2016