Council for Aluminium in Building

06.06.16 Busy Q1 for CAB

Two sector trends that have been highly prevalent for CAB in Q1, 2016 have been the ongoing need for in depth training and also the importance of maintaining face to face contact in a digital age.

CAB Training Seminars

CAB has identified four particular areas for training over the last 18 months or so: Contractual Awareness, Health & Safety, Marketing and Technical. All of these are covered in the 2016 training programme and are free to members.

The presenters of the first two topics spoke at CAB’s first Regional Members’ event of the year at Athena, Leicester on 25 February that was attended by over 140 members and guests. Geraldine Fleming, Executive Director, Knowles highlighted the 100% attendance at the first Seminar on ‘20 Contractual Nightmares’. What had been very noticeable was the diverse range of staff from within member companies who had attended including QS’s, Project Management teams, Accounts personnel and Estimators. A number of senior Directors and MD’s had also attended. The broad range of Seminar topics for the remainder of 2016 will include Credit Management, JCT Contracts and Pre and Post Contractual Awareness. From open discussions during the seminar and afterwards it was clear that members welcomed these intensive seminars as the topics being covered were highly relevant to existing work being undertaken and also work being tendered for.

Kevin Smyth, Project Management overviewed some of the content that he will be presenting in future seminars for CAB. He highlighted the £20bn lost to employers due to accidents in the UK in 2012. Kevin considered the Criminal and Legal framework for Health & Safety, highlighting the differences in the terms ‘Responsibility’ and ‘Accountability’. He overviewed the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 and also the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 2009. Finally Kevin focused on The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 that came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. It describes the law that applies to all construction projects, from concept to completion, what each duty holder must or should do to comply with the law to ensure projects are carried out in a way that secures health and safety.

Ecobuild 2016

The exhibition once again highlighted just how important face to face contact is with the supply chain despite the huge rise and focus on digital communications and social media. The 120m2 CAB Aluminium Pavilion was this year supported by a record 7 CAB member stands: Commercial Windows & Doors; Dales Fabrications; HUECK UK; RAICO UK; SWISSPACER; Valspar Powder Coatings and VINCI Technology Centre UK.

Early feedback from the show was again very positive with a high quality of visitor again reported. It was particularly noticeable this year that a number of visitors were very aware of the Aluminium Pavilion’s presence at the show over the previous 8 years and the stand was a key reason for their visit to Ecobuild. The stand layout which was open on 3 sides meant it was easy for visitors to navigate and the CAB lounge area afforded members a unique opportunity to meet with existing or potential customers. CAB itself was able to use the Pavilion to meet up with a number of interested potential members who were also able to meet key members of the supply chain and see at first hand just one of the key benefits of being involved in the Trade Association.

For further information on CAB’s 2016 Training Seminars please contact the CAB office on 01453 828851 or email: