See the potential

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Careers, Community | Posted on 22-08-2016

Mark Rayfield, CEO of Jewson discusses the Department for Work and Pensions See Potential campaign and its relevance to the construction industry.

With an estimated 1.65 million people in the UK currently unemployed, it seems absurd that one of the construction industry’s biggest challenges is the lack of skilled men and women available to make up trade workforces.

While there are a number of social barriers that make it difficult to kick-start a career, the breadth of opportunities available in the construction industry present many prospects of employment for those out of work.

For the long-term unemployed, ex-offenders and other less advantaged groups in our local communities, getting a job can be even harder. That’s why we’re supporting See Potential, a Government initiative set up to change lives through employment and help people get into work.

The scheme, launched by the Department for Work and Pensions, encourages companies to tap into the skills of these less advantaged groups for a mutually beneficial way of working. Research carried out by Business in the Community (BITC) suggests there is a direct, positive financial impact to this kind of open recruitment, and 90 per cent of inclusive employers surveyed also saw an improvement in employee engagement and performance.

Jewson recognises how important diversity is, and shares the same inclusive values as See Potential. Our existing partnership with national charity Street League is one of many initiatives we have in place to help people make the most of their skills and get into work. This year alone, we’re creating 300 opportunities for Street League participants at Jewson branches across the UK. This is a chance for 16-24 year olds to develop the key skills that employers want, and prepare themselves for the world of work.

In addition to creating these opportunities, we want to celebrate success and give credit where it’s due. With our Young Tradesperson of the Year competition, we recognised the hard work of young people working in construction trades, and rewarded them for their commitment to the profession. These individuals are a credit to the construction industry; their dedication is helping to combat the negative perceptions and outdated stereotypes that many people, unfortunately, still have.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has also pledged its support for the See Potential scheme, alongside big names like Sir Richard Branson and Simon Cowell. We want to encourage our suppliers and customers to get involved with the scheme and reap the benefits that being an inclusive business can offer.

Click here to find out more about how Jewson and Street League are helping young people get into work.

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Six secrets to self build success

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Self Build | Posted on 18-08-2016

The demand for new homes in the UK has never been greater, and despite the Government and housebuilders’ best efforts, the amount of new houses being built still isn’t enough to meet the required levels.

It’s been suggested that an increase in self build projects could help ease some of the pressures currently faced by housebuilding industry. While the UK has one of the lowest self build rates globally, accounting for only 10 per cent of all private sector builds, new research from AMA Research suggests that activity is on the rise.

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Make your self build an oasis with these ‘Wonderwall’ solutions…

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in More | Posted on 08-08-2016

When it comes to self build, there are many exciting things to consider. From building materials, to the design of the interior – everything counts when getting it just right and it’s all up to you to 1choose. With so many decisions to make, it’s often easy to overlook some of the bread and butter parts of the build which don’t traditionally affect the final visual impact.
The walls, for example, might not be the first thing that springs to mind, however there are many new products on the market that can help to really transform a space. This is what draws many people into the self build process – the fact that you can pick and choose the most innovative products to create a home that’s tailor-made just for you.

Recent developments in plaster, plasterboard and dry lining mean that you can make the most of your walls and inspire creativity in the home.
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BOB’s guide to… Rio’s crazy builds

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in More | Posted on 27-07-2016

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Our mate Rio has been building a lot of things lately – he says there’s some kind of big sports day coming up? Sounds like something we probably shouldn’t talk about…

But still, we’ve sent BOB to find out a few facts about Rio’s crazy builds.
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Block by block: an alternative to aerated concrete blocks

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Expertise, More | Posted on 07-07-2016

As you may be aware, there’s currently a shortage of aerated blocks in the UK, and from speaking to people daily on-site, we know it’s a worry, especially when we’re under pressure to keep up with construction demand.

At the moment, manufacturers are trying to improve the availability of aerated blocks long-term, but in the meantime, there are alternatives that allow builders to get a similar thermal performance. One of these is traditional dense aggregate blocks.
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“And the winners are…” Building Better Communities Champions Announced!

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Building Better Communities | Posted on 04-07-2016

The projects have been nominated, the judging is over and the public have spoken, and we’re pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 Building Better Communities competition are…

With 1,800 community projects nominated from across 11 regions in England, Scotland and Wales, it was no mean feat for our employees and suppliers to whittle the shortlist down to just 59.
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