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Trussed rafter industry prepares for the future

Nick Boulton addressing the TRA AGM 2022

A packed programme at last week’s TRA AGM brought together some of the industry’s most influential figures to give their insights into how trussed rafter manufacturers need to position themselves for the future. Nearly 80 leaders of member companies attended the conference in Birmingham, in person after a gap of two years, to hear presentations … Continue reading “Trussed rafter industry prepares for the future”

Preparing for change – TRA AGM speaker line up announced

People at TRA AGM 2019

Disruption, innovation and change is on the agenda at the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) AGM next month, with an impressive line-up of speakers ready to unpack the big issues and initiatives that will impact on the timber engineering industry in the months and years ahead and sharing advice on how best to plan and prepare … Continue reading “Preparing for change – TRA AGM speaker line up announced”

TRA careers seminar addresses skills shortages

Careers in engineering

The Trussed Rafter Association has held a careers event to help members address skills shortages and to launch its new designer training scheme. In his introduction, chief executive of the TRA, Nick Boulton, spoke about the current challenges facing not just manufacturers of trussed rafters, but other employment sectors in the UK. He said: “Trussed … Continue reading “TRA careers seminar addresses skills shortages”

Kick off 2022 with the TRA’s Introduction to Recruitment, Training and Skills seminar

timber engineer

An online event is being organised for members wanting to launch their 2022 recruitment and training programmes. The event will be held on Tuesday January 18th from 10.30am-12.00pm and plans include a talk by Christian Warden from recruitment organisation Talentview Construction. The event will also remind members about the TRA’s Careers in Timber Engineering Campaign and … Continue reading “Kick off 2022 with the TRA’s Introduction to Recruitment, Training and Skills seminar”

TRA Launches Designer Development Programme

The TRA is delighted to announce a new training scheme to enable trussed rafter designers to prove their knowledge and experience and put theory into practice. The programme has seven levels and is designed around completion of evidence books in which trainee designers must show their experience in five roof design scenarios. Each set of … Continue reading “TRA Launches Designer Development Programme”

Prepare for the switch from red to white diesel

Red Diesel

From 1st April 2022 businesses using ‘red diesel’ will have to make the switch to more expensive ‘white diesel’ under new government legislation. Red diesel is used widely in the agricultural, construction and manufacturing industries for off-road vehicles and plant. It is cheaper to buy than the more commonly used white diesel used by on-road … Continue reading “Prepare for the switch from red to white diesel”

New offsite construction training centre opens in Bedford

The TRA was invited to attend the opening of a new £4.3m centre for teaching modern methods of construction recently. The Connolly Centre for Modern Construction is based at Bedford College and has been funded by South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, the Getting Building Fund, the Connolly Foundation and Bedford College. With pre-manufacturing identified … Continue reading “New offsite construction training centre opens in Bedford”

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