New FIRA Chairman

A new chairman for the Furniture Industry Research Association The furniture industry’s largest furniture association has announced the appointment of a new Chairman. Charles Vernon, who has worked in the industry for over 38 years, will be taking the lead at the Furniture Industry Research Association. Charles takes over from Michael Powell, who is stepping 

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Apprenticeship Levy

The government recently announced the introduction of an apprenticeship levy as a long term solution to the decline in training investment. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, confirmed in the Spending Review, as part of the Autumn Statement, that the rate for the apprenticeship levy will be set at 0.5% of an employer’s paybill. 

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Know your training provider

Know your training provider The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has highlighted incompetent trainers and inadequate training as key factors in many workplace accidents. Unfortunately, it’s often only after such accidents that employers find out how good their training provider really is. When accidents happen, employers are responsible for showing they have provided appropriate training 

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First ever Timber Merchanting Apprentice completes his apprenticeship

The timber industry’s first learner ever to complete the Timber Merchanting Qualification is on his way! Today Martin White received his certificate of completion of the Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Timber Merchanting at MKM Building Supplies in Bridglington. “It’s been a beneficial and brilliant programme! I really enjoyed it!” Martin White He started as part 

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WOODWORKING SAFETY AND HEALTH AWARENESS DAY (SHAD)

This event has been organised by Didac Ltd, in partnership with HSE’s Manufacturing Sector as a way of helping businesses like yours to control these risks at your premises. Didac Ltd are independent instructors with extensive woodworking experience and will provide practical advice on controlling woodworking health and safety risks. If you attend this event 

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