The event, organised by the Staffordshire Construction Training Group ( SCTG) and CITB , was held at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke on Trent on Friday 14th October. It was a one day event aimed at local businesses and colleges in Staffordshire and for those who attended it was a chance to see demonstrations of new designs and machinery for the construction industry. The event also aimed to inspire young people across Staffordshire to consider a future in Construction and related industries.
Joe Natalello, one of EEL’s analysts attended the event with a mobile laboratory van which was an excellent addition to the event and attracted the attention of many of the delegates, particularly the students, who were keen to see what goes on in the lab and how asbestos fibres are analysed.
One event delegate said “I was amazed at how asbestos can be analysed in a mobile environment, it’s great. Joe has talked me through the process and I find it interesting. Joe is a credit to EEL and I am pleased I have attended today”.
The event attracted exhibitors and delegates from all areas of Staffordshire and proved a huge success; the vast majority of delegates going away from the EEL stand with information and ideas for future apprenticeships or permanent employment in the asbestos industry and the pathway they would need to take to establish such a career.
Kathryn Ing, EEL’s Health and Safety Manager who attended the event with colleagues, Rosie Greer and Richard Holmes, will also be representing EEL at future events organised by the Staffordshire Construction Training Group in order to offer advice on training within the asbestos industry.
Kathryn commented: “The Building Better Futures programme offers a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn about construction related skills and how to gain practical work experience during apprenticeships and training programmes. Alongside our core aim of remaining the UK’s premier provider of asbestos management services we are also dedicated to supporting the communities we offer services within and job creation has a key role to play in this. So it was important for us to be here today”.
The day closed with a speech from the SCTG chair, Sharon Llewellyn, thanking everyone for their support and commitment to the event and also invited everyone to continue the good work by supporting future events as such collaboration can only be a positive move for the next generation of construction workers in our community.