2016 Sentencing Guidelines

The 2016 Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines: How have things changed for companies? Introduction On 1 February 2016, the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences came into force. They direct the courts to consider the sentencing of offending organisations by way of a step-by-step approach, primarily examining culpability, the seriousness of harm risked 

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Changing perceptions with W16

It’s one of the most momentous decisions we ever have to make: at the tender age of 16, we have to choose a career path that will inevitably shape our lives for years to come. But, with a widening skills gap emerging in the British woodworking sector, what is being done to entice talented students 

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New awarding organisation ‘Occupational Awards Ltd’ issues first certificates

Press Release: 16/03/16 New awarding organisation ‘Occupational Awards Ltd’ issues first certificates Occupational Awards Ltd, a new awarding organisation that develops and awards regulated qualifications across a range of sectors, has issued the first batch of certificates for learners of its first approved centre, Didac Limited. OAL has been working closely with employers, colleges and 

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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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