Q&A Facebook page

We are pleased to announce the new interactive NACE Q&A Facebook page which can be accessed here.

You are invited to use this facility for technical, legal, mechanical, fire risk and/or safety, installation or document interpretation advice.

The NACE Facebook page has been designed for the professional and for those who require further technical and mechanical advice.

Please use the new NACE Q&A system. Although not a forum, you are more than welcome to leave constructive comments on the page or email to facebook@nace.org.uk should you feel these are necessary. We will certainly consider all responses carefully.

Samples of recent posts:

NACE SET TO RE-LAUNCH NVQ WITH ADVANCED TRAINING UNITS/CPD OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHIMNEY ENGINEERS AND CHIMNEY TECHNICIANS (SWEEPS)NACE remains a truly ‘Not-For-Profit organisation and are the single stakeholder of the NVQ Level 2 (SAP) Diploma and Certificate in Construction Skills (Chimney Engineering) We are recognised by some of the most prestigious organisations and businesses in the UK who acknowledge our 39 year pedigree and expert status. NACE are referred to within Approved Document J of the Building Regulations and in Scotland, the ‘Building Standards Technical Handbook Domestic’ as well as by the HSE who refer to us on their official website. NACE have recently joined the (HSE) R.E.A.C.H group, a prestigious government organisation with authority over the use of chemicals in everyday working environments and as technical consultants, the Environmental Law Foundation, a pro-bono organisation helping those who cannot afford to represent themselves legally with regard to air quality disputes. In 2024 the construction industry will make astonishing changes to the way labour is employed at site level, this translated means that only trade trained and qualified individuals with verifiable credentials (to include education) will be considered for site based work, those unable to demonstrate this level of expertise and formal learning will no doubt fall by the wayside.Recognising this will represent a dramatic need for increased competence, therefore, NACE have now made the decision to return to this assessment only award but at On Site Assessment & Training (OSAT) level having put in place a robust management system that will allow us to supervise, monitor and analyse the way in which candidates achieve the award and that the course is undertaken with complete transparency and accountability.Applicants will be expected to demonstrate skills both practical and theory in accordance with recognised MTC standards. Data gathering will indicate individual strengths and weaknesses therefore those who may need additional training, this will be a valuable opportunity to upscale both knowledge and skill set helping candidates to become a valuable asset to our unregulated industry. NACE will not ‘profile’ anyone, we will however carryout pre-registering of candidates using PDG systems (Passive Data Gathering) to enhance our knowledge of each candidate and their current skill set pinpointing any upskilling requirements, this system does not differentiate between groups, classes and/or individuals. NACE will, unlike any other training establishment use its considerable client base and industry recognition to market the services and skills of our NVQ achievers as an elite group worthy of increased work and revenue opportunity. Candidates registered on the OSAT route with NACE will have access to over 120 CPD modules and ATU (Advanced Training Units) learning package’s backed up with mentoring when and where necessary, this level of advanced competences covering every aspect of work undertaken to and on a domestic dwelling both theory and practical is simply unavailable from any other training establishment. CPD and ATU modules will form an integral element of the assessment award and will differentiate NACE from all other training providers. We believe passionately that learners should demonstrate competence in a broad subject area and not merely assume this status thus enhancing and continuously improving our industry as well as consumer confidence.Successful candidates will be given the opportunity and support to increase their business revenue awareness, market their business services and enjoy access to a large portfolio of prestigious clientele, those who demonstrate competence beyond the current minimum standard will be offered an opportunity to apply for institute status. It is envisioned that some candidates will require additional training, therefore, NVQ related CPD/ATU upskill opportunities will be available at the premises of our joint venture partner the LSTA (Lead Sheet Training Academy) based in Tonbridge, Kent. Curricular needs will be based upon candidate theory and/or practical knowledge levels identified during the Passive Data Gathering procedure. These opportunities are also available to our colleagues within the Roofing, Carpentry and Lead Working sectors who may see the NACE CPD/ATU upskilling opportunities and NVQ Construction skills award as an addition to their current skill set notwithstanding the opportunities NACE represent within a broad sector of industry.Those about to leave the Armed Forces are also welcome to apply.Applications for registration are now being taken from interested parties wishing to commence the NACE NVQ starting in January of 2022. If you think this applies to you please email NACE Training Director Trevor Hendes for an information pack; Trevor can be contacted at; trevorhendes@nace.org.uk or call him no; 01223 774477 or NACE Operations Director John Lewis at the LSTA (Lead Sheet Training Academy) on 01622 872432 or email him at; info@leadsheet.co.uk reference NVQ/LSTA. ...
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BSRIA - EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESOur colleagues at BSRIA are seeking to fill a number of inhouse vacancies, in particular a 'Membership Manager' preferably a current manager within a Membership/Federation environment. Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) is a non-profit distributing, member-based association promoting knowledge and providing specialist services for construction and building services stakeholders. Our mission is to make buildings better by improving their environmental, operational and occupational values, and we support the industry by providing guidance and solutions. BSRIA is a well-respected membership association. With over sixty years of experience in the built environment, BSRIA offers our members a wealth of knowledge resources.The Membership Manager role is responsible for the development, implementation and day to day operational management of the BSRIA Membership.Interested candidates should be able to demonstrate a proven track record and experience of working at a senior level within a membership organisation. The following is desirable;• Built environment knowledge (desirable)• Experienced business development professional with strong business acumen and commercial awareness, particularly consultative sales.• Must be able to demonstrate a willingness to take ownership of, and responsibility for all aspects of the role.• Experienced working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.• Experience of team management.• Highly developed communication skills, external customer/stakeholder liaison, networking, and presentations.• Proven track record of project management.• Ability to use own initiative and prioritise effectively.• Excellent organisational skills• Excellent IT skills and familiarity with CRM and website content management systems.• UK wide travel, holding full UK driving licenceFurther information on this position and others within the BSRIA organisation can be found by visiting; www.bsria.com/uk/careers/vacancies ...
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SELF-EMPLOYED TO FACE LOCK-OUT FROM PUBLIC SECTOR SITESThe Construction Leadership Council is working to get rid of self-employed construction workers from public sector projects by 2024.The plan is to reduce self-employment in the construction industry by making direct employment a requirement in public procurement models.A working group under the auspices of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) is developing recommendations for specific procurement reforms to mandate direct employment throughout the supply chain. The goal is that by the end of 2024 direct employment will be required throughout supply chains through pre-qualification questionnaires and tender criteria for public sector contracts.The CLC says that its plan is "backed by industry and government".The push for direct employment in an industry where close to half of operatives are self-employed (in some form or another) is a key element of a new industry skills plan, published today by the CLC.The plan, called Industry Skills Plan for the UK Construction Sector 2021-25, makes it clear that businesses will be expected to make sacrifices for the greater good. It states: “We need to influence employer behaviours to balance individual employer ‘wants’ and broader industry-wide ‘needs’.”It says: “This plan is a plan for industry, by industry … It provides an actionable, measurable blueprint for recruiting the right talent, training them to have the right skills, and ensuring that the sector as a whole is supported to develop and maintain the highest levels of competence. It is a plan that attempts to balance what businesses in the sector want with what the industry needs as a whole, now and in the future.”It covers the range from diversity & inclusion to education & training to qualifications.A set of new construction traineeship programmes and a pathway from further education into construction will be developed. New competence frameworks are to be developed.(Construction News) ...
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FOI ACT - IT'S YOUR RIGHT!!Think schemes and the like are sacrosanct and cannot be FOI Act challenged? think again!Under the FOI Act, anyone has the right to request any recorded information held by public authorities (eg government departments, local councils, health authorities etc) or by businesses that carry out public functions (Competent Person Schemes)This right applies to all information held - not just a public body's official documents. It can apply to the intellectual property of a business and confidential information, if this type of information is held on their records.More importantly, if you contract with a public body, (schemes contract with and to MHCLG a public body) any information they hold or share may be subject to a Freedom of Information request.Therefore, if you think a scheme is holding information on you that may prove detrimental to you personally, your business, your credit rating etc you have a legal right to demand they share this with you, we cannot of course guarantee the outcome.NACE use a number of recognised on-line search engines to access FOI Act support and template assistance in the UK and in Europe, these services are free and can be accessed easily. The current FOI Act (2000) instrument can be accessed by clicking on the following link;www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/enacted/data.pdfAnyone wishing to make an FOI request and who may require help doing so should contact our team for assistance; admin@nace.org.uk ...
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STATUTORY POWERS - ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OFFICERSNACE are regularly asked to explain the role of the Environmental Health officer and the powers these officials have with regard to enforcement and rights of entry where a smoke nuisance has or is occurring, the following based upon our extensive case history and working knowledge of this organisation should prove to be of some assistance;The Food Safety & Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 section 16 governs the powers of entry for Environmental Health Officers, section 17 makes provision in the event of their obstruction from exercising their powers.Section 16 states –(1) An authorised officer of a food authority, on producing, if so required, some duly authenticated document showing authorisation, has a right at all reasonable hours –(a) to enter any premises within the authority’s area, for the purpose of ascertaining whether there is, or has been on the premises, any contravention of the provision of the Hygiene Regulations or Regulations 178/2002;(b) to enter any premises, whether within or outside the authority’s area, for the purposes of ascertaining whether there is on the premises, any evidence, of any such contravention within the area; and(c) to enter any premises for the purpose of the performance by the authority, of their functions over Hygiene Regulations or Regulation 178/2002Admission to a private dwelling house may not be demanded as of right, unless twenty four hours’ notice of the intended entry has been given to the occupier.A local authority can also obtain a warrant from the local Justices, if it is anticipated that there will be a refusal of entry, or if premises are otherwise unoccupied.Authorised officers may inspect any record (in whatever form they are held) relating to a food business. Where these are held electronically, any computer or associated apparatus may be inspected, and a person having charge of any computer, apparatus or material must afford such assistance as is reasonably required.Officers can seize and detain any records which may be required as evidence in proceedings including records stored in electronic form which must be produced in a form suitable for their removal. Section 17 states –Any person who –Intentionally obstructs a person acting in the execution of the Hygiene Regulations or Regulation 178 / 2002; orWithout reasonable cause, fails to give to any person acting in the execution of the Hygiene Regulations or Regulation 178 / 2002 or any assistance or information which that person may reasonably require of them for the performance of their functions under the Hygiene RegulationsCommits an offence.Any person who, in purported compliance with any requirement as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (b) of Paragraph (1)-Furnishes information which they know to be false or misleading in a material particular; orRecklessly furnishes information which is false or misleading in a material particularCommits an offence.Section 19 provides:A person guilty of an offence under regulation 17 is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or to both. ...
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