BACK TO SCHOOL FOR LTC

BACK TO SCHOOL FOR LTC ~ Delighted to have been successful on another project in the University of Exeter for Vinci Construction Uk following a very vigorous tender and pre contract selection process.
This 2 Year project is the latest having previously worked on projects such as ~ Lafrowda, Living Systems, Sports Building,Queens Building digital humanities centre, Peter Chalk Building, Zebrafish and Geoffrey Pope to name a few
The on-campus living experience is for first-year undergraduates who want to be within walking distance of Streatham Campus. East Park, its the largest student residence development since 2012, plans to provide 1,182 modern bedrooms on a site marked for development for the University’s use since the 1970s.

The University involved current students in the design process to shape the look and feel of the future residence.

Planning approval for the East Park development was granted in October 2018. Works commenced in early 2019 with the new accommodation set to open in two phases from September 2020 and September 2021.

Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/about/vision/capitalstrategy/featuredprojects/newstudentresidences/eastpark/#y2SMzjfwLfiPj5Es.99

NEW PROJECTS FOR BAM CONSTRUCTION

Plympton Academy ( Plymouth) and Wellesley Care Facility ( Wellington) are the latest two projects Bam have chosen to engage LTC Specialist Scaffolding to carry out the scaffolding packages. As one of their category 1 sub contractors LTC will be working from their Plymouth and Cullompton depots to service these projects.

NEW KIT ON THE BLOCK

LTC Powered Access has received the first of the new machines which will be sign written and ready for hire this week. In a relationship going back 20 years when LTC Powered Access first started LTC are stilling ordering from the manufacturer that supplied their very first machine . This current order will include 450 AJ’s 600AJ’s ES 1930 ‘s and T10E Toucans. This investment is further confirmation of LTC’s desire to increase and update their fleet to ensure they remain the largest independent Powered Access supplier in the South West

LTC Fantasy Football League is here again !!!!

Fantasy League ~ It’s that time of year again ~ Last season’s winner Ben Hall mechanic for LTC Powered Access Ltd celebrated his trophy winning season with a meal at Miller Carter ⚽️

NEW CISRS Scaffold Awareness Courses now available

A new one-day scaffolding awareness course aimed at non-scaffolding operatives and other construction workers is now being offered at a range of CISRS training centres across the country.
The course is open to any operatives who have cause to work on scaffolding – such as painters, bricklayers, electricians and plumbers – or those wanting to gain a better understanding of scaffolding operations which could include site supervisors, engineers, procurement and health and safety professionals and principal contractors.
The course, created by the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), will provide attendees with a greater understanding and appreciation of the potential dangers of working at height on scaffolds and enable them to identify the core components of a safe scaffold.
It is being delivered by CISRS accredited centres nationwide. Delegates will be issued with a CISRS Scaffolding Awareness certificate upon successful completion of the course.
Laura Weekes, CISRS Administrator, said: “This classroom-based course provides learners with a basic understanding of what compliant scaffolding looks like and guidance on how they can work at height safely.
“It comes in response to the publication of the NASC Safety Report 2019 and broader construction industry accident statistics published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
“The latest NASC Safety Report shows that NASC full contracting members continue to erect and dismantle scaffolds of all shapes and sizes in an extremely safe and legally compliant manner, resulting in zero operative fatalities for the sixth year in succession.
“However, a recent HSE report revealed that 40 people died as a result of a fall from height during 2018/2019, making this the biggest cause of workplace fatal injuries in Great Britain.
“Clearly there is a need for greater awareness of the dangers of working at height. We hope our new course will contribute to this effort.”
LTC are offering these courses at their Training Centres in Plymouth Cullompton & Redruth

NASC help fund COTS courses for Members

The NASC has created a £50,000 funding pot to help its members bring new recruits into the scaffolding industry.

The training fund will enable NASC full contracting members to apply for £125 funding for each new employee that completes the CISRS Operatives Training Scheme (COTS).

This initiative, which will help bring 400 operatives into the industry, complements a similar CISRS CPD funding scheme launched by the NASC in 2017. To date, NASC members have claimed more than 500 payments of £125 to help cover the costs of their operatives undertaking mandatory CPD training – a total of £64K.

The new COTS funding initiative is the first scheme to be launched from a dedicated £500k training fund set up by the NASC in 2018 to assist its members with recruitment and training. A range of training initiatives are due to follow in the coming months.

David Mosley, NASC Training Director, said: “Through the £500k training fund, the NASC is giving tangible, bottom-line benefits to its members. This starts with the COTS funding scheme, which bookends existing NASC funding for CISRS CPD training.

“It means members will be able to apply for funding to help bring new people into the industry as well as defraying the costs of mandatory CPD training for their experienced operatives.

“This is just the beginning. It is envisaged that the £500k training fund will also provide members with the opportunity to apply for funding for a range of wider training, such as first aid and mental health training.

“It will also support ongoing NASC efforts to improve recruitment and careers opportunities in the scaffolding industry by producing a scaffolding careers website, working regionally with pre-employment training programmes, linking potential trainees with local approved providers and employers offering work experience placements and employment.

“The NASC has ringfenced a substantial sum of money in order to fund incoming NASC President Lynn Way’s initiative to work with the armed forces and provide career pathways for those coming out of the services”

The COTS funding scheme goes live on 1 July 2019. Members may also claim retrospectively for employees that have completed the COTS course and gained either the CISRS Labourer or Initial Trainee card since 1 January 2019. Members may claim funding for up to 10 operatives.

GOLD RUSH

LTC Specialist Scaffolding Ltd has achieved “ GOLD” standard with Constructionline. Constructionline have verified all PAS91 data and supplementary questions including Quality Assurance , Environmental Management, Equal Opportunities and Modern Slavery and deemed LTC to the highest standard. Well done all the team.

ltc powered access ltd achieve Gold standard on ipaf rental + audit

LTC Powered Access Ltd have achieved IPAF Rental + Gold, Known in the industry as the independent quality mark for powered access hire companies, IPAF Rental+ is awarded to those that qualify as belonging to the top tier of hire providers so customers can be sure they will get the highest levels of service available.

Rental companies are independently audited by an ISO 9001 lead auditor every 12 months and tested to meet the most stringent standards of training, advice, equipment and customer satisfaction set by a committee of the most experienced players in the powered access rental business.

The IPAF Rental+ audit is designed to provide a management tool to signpost where and how businesses can improve their health & safety, quality and environmental performance, add recognised value to rental businesses and reduce time and cost spent completing other pre-qualifying questionnaires.

To Achieve IPAF Rental + Gold, you must score over 196 out of 210 and we achieved 209 out of 210, which is testament to the effort that the team has put in.

LTC Training Services Delivers Cuplok course at Canary Wharf

LTC Training Services have recently delivered a CISRS SSPTS Cuplok course for a client at Canary Wharf. LTC Training Services offers a wide range of their courses available at their clients premises, across the UK.

For more information or to inquire, please call 01752 485303

St Lukes Charity Event - Mens Day Out at the Rugby

Mike Bailey, Paul Bench & Adam Fearon from the Scaffolding team took part in the Annual St Lukes Mens Day out. The fund raising event sees thousands of Men combine a Charity Walk ~ Pint ~ Pasty ~ Rugby. What a great way to raise much needed funds for this special charity

New Training Suite to improve learners experience

LTC have completed the refurbishment of their old offices into a new Training suite. The rooms were formerly used by the Group to house some of Group and subsidiary companies but following completion of their purpose built offices, the rooms have been refurbished to form Training facilities. These rooms will replace the existing portacabins and provide additional rooms to increase capacity and to improve the candidates learning experience.

LTC Training Services Host Bell Decorating Academy Session

LTC Training Services hosted a training and experience day for the students currently attending the Bell Group Decorating Academy at Plymouth City College. The day was focused around the use of MEWP’s and Aluminium Towers that decorators may use on construction sites. The day consisted of a mornings theory and then the students had the opportunity to go in one of LTC Powered Access’s 45ft Diesel Boom lifts and they also built an aluminium tower.

New Head Office

Our Head Office is now complete at Wixenford in Plymouth. After years of planning and 12 months of construction and fit out, the project is complete. The new 3 storey building which will house the Group Operations including Central Account and Health & Safety, in addition the Administration team and Management for LTC Training Services and the Management team of LTC Specialist Scaffolding for Plymouth operations.

LTC Training Services Adds New Instructor

LTC Training Services are proud to announce that Ryan Jago has joined the LTC Training Services team. Ryan joined LTC Specialist Scaffolding in 2014 as a trainee scaffolding with the goal to transition to training after completing his training.

Ryan progressed through his scaffold training to become a qualified scaffold and worked on some of our most challenging sites. Ryan then gained management and leadership experience when he became a charge hand.

Ryan will be delivering IPAF, PASMA and a variety of our our in-house courses from 1st December with the aim to to deliver our CISRS scaffolding training in the future.

This addition has come from the growing demand from our customers for more courses in all 3 of our training locations, Plymouth, Redruth and Cullomton.

LTC FEATURE IN NASC 2019 Yearbook

The NASC have launched their 2019 Yearbook showcasing the latest confederation news and updates. The Yearbook features a round-up of the achievements and plans of the various NASC committees and members. LTC Specialist Scaffolding Ltd’s project UKHO for Bam Construction which is shortlisted for Project of the Year Award features under project news. To view the new yearbook Click Here

LTC REACH FINAL OF PROJECT OF THE YEAR - NASC

The project which symbolises the level of service LTC provides its customers including high volume resources, high standard of Health & Safety and continued a successful relationship with a High Valued client. The project resulted in our onsite Supervisor Doug Smith receiving the Bam’s Best Subcontractor Supervisor for 2017 at their annual Supply Chain Awards 2018. The main project which is Taunton’s largest construction project is approximately £30million in value, with the scaffold package of nearly £500 000. The new buildings which consists of a new 11000sm Headquarters ECO building and a separate security building will replace/ expand the current operation which dates back to 1941 and supported the Royal Navy in the Second World War. The establishment which is a 24/7 operation which provides surveys, charts and data to mariners and maritime organisations across the world. The building which has Passive sustainability features has an open plan layout for 700 desks. LTC topped the safety scoring charts month on month for all subcontractors on the site since the turn of the year which is an amazing achievement as we are a high risk profession.

LTC continue their sponsorship of Cornish side Frogpool & Cusgarne FC

LTC Specialist Scaffolding continue their sponsorship with local club Frogpool & Cusgarne FC. The team that play their home games not far from the St Day ( Redruth ) depot play in the Trelawny League. LTC have funded their new strip which will display the LTC logo.

Brett Baker receives Health & Safety recognition

Great for LTC Specialist Scaffolding to receive a letter today from Willmott Dixon on the History Centre ( The Box) site ~ referring to our Site Supervisor Brett Baker, the site team has commented ~ “Always showing a can do attitude and great collaborative work with our supply chain partners “ Its great for Brett and the company to receive recognition for their efforts

Graham Rees Sports His New Shirt

Graham Rees, the winner of our signed Argyle shirt competition, sporting his new top.

And The Winner Is...

Congratulations to Graham Rees for winning our Signed Argyle shirt competition. We had a really good response to the competition with lots of people entering.

Argyle Academy success in Super Cup

Plymouth Argyle Academy sponsored by LTC Training Services were victorious in the final of the Super Cup ( formerly Milk Cup ) in Northern Ireland. Success over Chivas was reward for the youngsters hard work but the experience of playing in this prestigious tournament was the most important aspect. The Academy which is run by former Argyle player and legend Kevin Hodges look to progress the youngsters to be the next Graham Carey

LTC's Head Office Is Progressing Well

LTC Group87’s new head office at Wixenford Depot is a quarter of the way through the build, and is taking shape.

LTC Specialist Scaffolding To Start Work On Hinkley Point A

LTC Specialist Scaffolding are to start a 20 week scaffolding program at Hinkely Point A, working for Progressive Systems. The building that the team will will be working on will house the nuclear waste on site.

LTC Training Services Achieve CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) Status

LTC Training Services Ltd are now a CITB approved training organisation (ATO). LTC Training Services Ltd successfully completed CITB’s stringent approval process and are now a recognised organisation which provides construction training and qualifications to the construction industry.

As an approved training provider this means that our training courses meet the industry approved standards. This also means as an ATO, our customers will be part of CITB’s new automated grant payments system, making it easier for you to book courses and claim grant funding.

If you have any questions regarding the new grants, please feel free to contact us.

LTC Specialist Scaffolding's Doug Smith Wins Bam Award

Congratulations to LTC Specialist Scaffolding’s Doug Smith who received an award from Bam Construction for Best Subcontractor’s Supervisor in 2017 for the whole of the Western region, this makes 3 awards in 3 years for LTC Specialist Scaffolding. It is great that one of our employees have received recognition for going the extra mile. Doug received nominations from 4 different Project Managers for this award.

Steve Munt receives SHE Award for March from Kier Construction

Scaffolder Steve Munt receives the monthly award for his contribution for collaborate working towards the SHE standards on the site in Falmouth. Steve received a voucher for Screwfix from Kier Construction . Steve has been with the company for over 8 years and works out of the St Day depot in Redruth.

Biomass extension progressing well

Second stage complete of our Biomass Extension- The flues to the training centre have been extended, 100m of pipework has been installed underground ready for the new offices

Neil Gray delivers talk in CITB forum

Neil Gray, Managing Director of LTC Training Services Ltd delivers a talk to the participants of the CITB forum in Exeter. The company was asked to discuss the reasons for opening up a training centre, the benefits and pitfalls of the same and how the centre can help bridge the skills gap. The company that has centres in Plymouth, Redruth and Cullompton will be an approved ATO on the new CITB directory.

Up It Goes

LTC’s New 3 story head office block has started to take shape! The project is due for completion in late Autumn. The new office will house LTC Group87 Ltd and LTC Specialist Scaffolding Ltd staff at Wixenford Depot, Plymouth.

LTC Training Services Ltd Scaffold Q&A Session

LTC Training Services Ltd hosted their first Free Scaffold Q&A Session yesterday at their Plymouth training centre. The event was aimed at senior personnel in the construction sector and gave the opportunity to ask Neil Gray, LTC Training Services’ M.D and questions they may have revolving around scaffolding, scaffolding contractors, regulations and inspections. Neil also gave a short talk on some of the industries technical and safety guidance documents.

Working Well Together event in Dorchester

As part of the working well together event in Dorchester, LTC Specialist Scaffolding Ltd working in conjunction with LTC Training Services Ltd have erected a simple scaffold structure with 21 deliberate faults as part of a competition, thanks to an early start by Contracts Manager Steve Pidwell . Neil Gray delivered a talk on CISRS Scaffold Inspections to the audience.

LTC Training Services Q&A Breakfast Session

LTC Training Services Ltd are hosting a FREE Scaffold Q & A Breakfast Session. Come and ask us any Scaffold or Regulation questions you may have.

19th March 2018 – 8am – 10am – Bacon bap served at 8.15am!

LTC Training Services – Plymouth

This is your opportunity to ask an industry expert any questions about scaffolding or regulation governing the industry.

This event is for Business Owners, Directors, Project Managers and Contracts Managers.

We are holding an open debate hosted by LTC Training Services’ Managing Director, Neil Gray.

Neil Gray has a wealth of experience to draw from, he has been working in the scaffold industry for over 29 years, progressing from an Advanced Scaffolder, to Contracts Manager to then becoming a CISRS Instructor to his current position. Neil is heavily involved with the CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolder Record Scheme) standardisation committee.

Throughout the session we are going to discuss/debate the topics below.

TG20:13

*An overview of TG20 compliant scaffolds
*What is required if a scaffold is not TG20 compliant
*An overview of the Working at Height regulations 2005 schedule 3, Part 2 regarding requirements for scaffolding
*TG20:13 E Guide

SG4:15

*An overview of the NASC guidance document SG4:15
*The Working at Height regulations 2005 regarding working at height when erecting scaffold structures

Scaffold Inspection

*What must be contained within the inspection report
*How the Working at Height regulations 2005 regarding inspections are effected
*How often inspections must be carried out

Scaffolder Training, Qualifications and CPD

*The requirement for scaffolding operatives to complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
*The different levels of qualification available
*An overview of the training programme for scaffold operatives

If you are interested in attending this event, please email harvey.smith@ltcgroup87.co.uk

LTC Specialist Scaffolding Ltd To Exhibit Apprenticeship Fair In Plymouth

LTC Specialist Scaffolding Ltd will be exhibiting at the coming Building Plymouth apprenticeship fair on the 10th March at the Plymouth Guildhall. We hope to see you there…

LTC Powered Access' 125ft Ultra Boom On The Streets Of Plymouth

LTC Powered Access Ltd have one of their 125ft JLG Ultra Booms on one of Plymouth’s tallest building projects, The crescent.

Storming Of The Castle - Great Shot Of Pendennis Castle Scaffold

Great SHOT taken by one of our Supervisors Darren Leuty of the designed scaffolding structure erected on the English Heritage site Pendennis Castle. The structure was erected to allow for the removal of a Canon to be restored/relocated from inside the castle which was constructed by Henry VIII in 1540’s

Finding The Industry's Future - CITB Ambassadors Role

LTC employees Luke Bowditch and Neil Gray attended the CITB Ambassadors course recently in Plymouth. The course will help them in their roles to promote the Construction Industry and encourage new recruits to the Industry. Neil and Luke both have interesting career stories themselves have previously attended open days, career events to help enrol the Industry’s future

LTC Inform Customers Of New Impending CITB Grants Scheme

Having attended a forum this week to understand the changes that are taking place as at 3rd April 2018 which WILL effect all companies that receive CITB grants. Please see below some key points.

*The number of eligible short duration courses will greatly reduce to approx 500
*The attendance grant ( currently £50 /day ) will cease and grants will be paid on achievement
*There will be 3 tiers ( bands )only for short duration courses. Suggested figures of £30/£70 /£120 per course.
*Supplementary grants will cease.
*Each company will be able to claim a max of 3 courses per employee but that figure will be applied to total employees ( ie 10 staff x 3 courses = 30 courses however 1 employee could attend all 30 courses or 5 employees x 6 courses each )
*The Training Plan method of claiming grants will cease.
*Introduction of a Training Directory for all training providers and courses.
*Introduction of a Training Register for qualifications.
*Auto grant payments.

Click Here to visit the CITB website

We anticipate many LTC Training Services customers will want to bring forward their training before 3rd April 2018 and therefore we are looking to schedule additional dates
Our Training advisers will be happy to assist on any questions. Please call 01752 485303

Elburton U9'S Show Off Their New Jackets

Elburton Villa under 9’s who play at Haye Rd Elburton show off their new jackets for the winter with the LTC Group87 logo on their backs. Team Manager Trevor Higgins who has always had a close association with the community club ( former Vice Chairman & Commercial Manager) was delighted to the children will have protection from the weather for the coming months.

LTC Training Services Ltd Launches New Online Booking

LTC Training Services Ltd has recently launched their new online booking system. With the new booking feature you can now create an account, if you do not have one already, and book training courses live. Candidates can then view historic training, print invoices (when booked online) and managed candidate details. This has come with the redevelopment of the website and the installment of a training management software system that the company now uses.

LTC Feature In NASC 2018 Yearbook

The History Centre which is a £34m project in Plymouth which includes renovation of the old Library and Museum on North Hill and the construction of a cantilevered floating box like building will be ready for the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower celebrations. Full project details can be read in our Contract Section. Click here to view yearbook

LTC 1st To Pass New NASC Online SSIP Renewal Audit

The new audit process described on their website https://www.nasc.org.uk/nasc-introduces-online-membership-application-audit-process/ enables existing and new members to complete the process in a more efficient and streamline manner. The incorporation of the SSIP accreditation enables members to apply for other SSIP accreditations such as CHAS and SMAS by the deemed to satisfy method which reduces the duplication when completing Health & Safety , Environmental & Quality questionnaires.

LTC Training Services Features in Cranes & Access

LTC Training Services Ltd have recently featured in the Cranes & Access magazine in Octobers release. Click here for full article

LTC Secure Scaffolding Package on Bam's UKHO Taunton Project

LTC Specialist Scaffolding Ltd are delighted to have secured the scaffolding package for the construction of the new environmentally friendly buildings for UK Hydrographic’s Head Office in Taunton. Main contractor Bam Construction Ltd have awarded the sub contract package to LTC who are one of their category 1 sub contractors. The project will be managed from LTC’s new Cullompton depot.

LTC Work on Poldark's Famous Bay

LTC Specialist Scaffolding Ltd have been contracted by Gloweth Ltd to provide a Temporary roof over Cliff Cottage in Penberth Cove which is famous for its role in Poldark series. A designed scaffold which incorporates a UNI roof system has been erected to provide weather protection whilst the Scantle slates are renewed on the National Trust property.

Bam Gold Award For Our Health & Safety Performance

LTC are delighted and proud today to have received the Gold Award for our Health & Safety performance for 2016 from Bam Construction – Western. We received the award having topped the sub-contractors Health & Safety scoring charts. Well done to all the teams who have worked on these projects.

Mike Burr (Managing Director) received the award from Graham Kingdon (Construction Director for Bam) accompanied by Steve Willis (Devon & Cornwall Scaffold Manager).

Plymouth Argyle Football Club

We are delighted to announce we have extended our agreement with Plymouth Argyle for season 2017/18 for the shirt sponsorship of their Academy. This continues the working relationship between LTC and Argyle as LTC Powered Access were shirt sponsors of the 1st Team for seasons 2014/15 2015/16. This agreement covers all Academy teams from u9’s to u18’s and also incorporates the South West Peninsula team.

Elburton Villa Receives SWPL West Runners Up Cup

Elburton Villa 1st Team management of Martin Chrimes, (Joint Manager) Kevin Yetton (Joint Manager) Gary Menzies (Coach) & Mike Burr (Managing Director LTC Group87 Ltd) Showing off the SWPL West runners up cup in front of a specially sign writing Powered Access machine celebrating 30 years in Business.

LTC will be continuing their sponsorship of the Elburton 1st team for season 2017/18.

LTC Hosts WWT Event

On Friday 31st March LTC hosted the Working Well Together Event at their Training Centre in Plymouth (Devon). The event was in partnership with AIF (Access Industry Forum). The event was focused around working at height and roof work. The event focused on 6 different topics, Powered Access, Ladder and Roof Ladders, Work at Height, Scaffold Inspection, Prevention Internal, and External Falls and Tower Scaffolding.

LTC’s instructor Todd Slaughter and Kevin Hall delivered the talk and demonstration on Tower Scaffolding and LTC’s instructor Neil Gray delivered the Scaffold Inspection talk.

The event was attended by many micro/small businesses and supported by HSE Inspectors.

Only fools and horses

To celebrate 30 years in business LTC decided to produce an “only fools and horses -Trotters” van for a bit of fun. The van has been sprayed up in the workshop in the original yellow colours and the sign written to match “Del boys” van

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