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Newsletter APRIL 2018



Croydon planners have been given the green light for a twintower scheme of flats that will become the world’s tallest offsite project. The government has announced its latest Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline containing £600bn of planned work over the next decade. The average salary in construction management has hit £81,609 according to the latest pay survey of UK property professionals by RICS.

Birthday Nominations!

The results are in from the last period’s birthday charity nominations and we are happy to announce that £160 has been donated to Macmillan Cancer Support so thank you to everyone who took part! We have changed the charity draws now to be bi-annual, so keep an eye on our social media pages and our upcoming news letters to hear more. If you are registered and celebrating a birthday soon then look out for a link which will arrive by Email during your birthday week and join the fun!

“Spring is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf” We hope you have had a great first quarter and an enjoyable Easter! It has been a busy quarter at FTS, with a website refresh, a new apprentice and lots more! We hope you enjoy our newsletter and make sure you follow us on social media to keep up to date with all recruitment and construction news as it happens.

More ways to find your new job More job seekers are searching for new roles daily so, with this in mind, we have made some extensive changes to our website. The changes have been rolled out across both desktop and mobile formats of the site, enabling users to run searches to multiple vacancies all while on the move. You will also find a section within the website named ‘Your Toolbox’, an area consisting of CV Templates, Resignation Letters and our exclusive salary guides, all available for download and completely free. Visit the site at www.ftscareers. com, let us know what you think and keep an eye out for more additions to the Toolbox, coming soon!

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Digging Deep at Stonehenge

Our Local News... Rising Star Award We are pleased to announce our Apprentice Danny Tourh, has been awarded the Intec Rising Star Award.

FTS’s Budding New Talent Tyrese Boscott & Freelance Director, Richard Dent

Danny joined the FTS Recruitment Team as our first ever apprentice just 5 months ago after graduating from Harewood College in Southbourne. Designs for a tunnel at Stonehenge have been published, seeking to show how the £1.6bn scheme could restore a sense of beauty and tranquility to the ancient landscape. The plans show a moderately longer tunnel than previously proposed, which would span just under two miles to counter concerns raised that ancient barrow burial mounds could be damaged and a view of the setting sun at the winter solstice lost.

‘It was my motivation to earn money that pushed me towards an Apprenticeship as I have always been independent and an Apprenticeship allows me to earn while I learn.’ Danny has come a long way in the short time he’s been at FTS, ‘he is a committed and dedicated individual who works to achieve to the best of his ability first time round, rather than submit something which will not meet the criteria’, says his Tutor/Assessor Alice Gray.

Tyrese completed his GCSE’s and graduated from Harewood College before starting his apprenticeship with FTS where he will be based in the office 5 days a week.

The plans also featured an additional grass-covered canopy at the western end of the tunnel to try to conceal the road and help the scheme blend into the landscape. Also included is a viaduct to carry the road over the river Till, west of the tunnel. However, three heritage bodies closely involved with the Unesco site have expressed surprise and concern that under the plan, which is supposed to remove the sound and sight of traffic, a new route for vehicles on the surface and close to the stone circle would be created. Highways England said it was seeking feedback to help shape the scheme further before it submitted an application for a development consent order, which it said it hoped to do by the end of the year. Under the plan, work on the tunnel will begin by 2021 and be completed by 2025.


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Since Danny joined back in October, we have been on the search for another apprentice to join the team and support the evergrowing Freelance Division. We are now pleased to announce the appointment of Tyrese Boscott.

Available to both new and existing staff; apprenticeship qualifications are tailored to specific job roles and ensure that the individual receives all the training they need. Whilst they appeal to school and college leavers, they are available to people of all ages and experience and FTS would love to hear from anyone who would like to join Danny in starting their recruitment career with them.

Director of Freelance, Richard Dent has said ‘We are thrilled to be able to support this apprenticeship program by taking on not one but two Resource Apprentices. This is a fantastic alternative for both the apprentices and the employer, giving them a chance to gain real world, on the job training whilst still obtaining a qualification, and allowing us to bring young people into the business to really grow and develop to suit our needs. We look forward to sharing their successes and progress.’ FTS wishes the very best to both Danny and Tyrese in their apprenticeships and would love to hear from anyone who would like to join the team.

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Construction News...

Carillion: What went wrong?

The question asked after Carillion, who at the time was the 2nd largest construction company in the UK, was what went wrong?

Kent Super Train

Carillion had been relying on large contracts, some of which began to prove much less lucrative than initially expected. Last year the contractor slashed the value of them by £845m, of which £375m related to public-private partnerships (PPPs). As contracts were under performing the debts soared to a staggering £900m. The company needed a £300m cash injection, but the banks that has originally lent it money were refusing to put more in. The government also refused to bail it out. Leaving the company unable to continue trading, forcing it to go into a compulsory liquidation. [Source: The Guardian 2018]

The route of HS4Air

Ambitious plans for a new high-speed railway taking passengers from Kent to Gatwick airport in just 25 minutes have been revealed. Engineering consultancy Expedition is behind the £10bn proposal, which bosses have described as the ‘M25 for high speed trains’. Dubbed HS4Air, it would connect the existing high-speed rail line in Ashford to the planned HS2 project along a route that passes via both Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

Following on from an article recently published by Sky, according to the Official Receiver more than 9,000 jobs have been saved since Carillion went into liquidation in January.

The 140km-long line would link Kent to major cities north and west of London including Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff – without taking passengers through the capital.

While new suppliers are taking on Carillion workers and contracts, the collapse of the engineering giant has resulted in more than 1,700 job losses.

Expedition director Alistair Lenczner, who has led the development of the proposal, says it would bring a “massive economic benefit” to Kent.

“A decision on the future of another 6,400 employees, who have been retained to deliver Carillion’s services to the public and private sector, has yet to be determined.

He told KentOnline: “Ashford would become a boom town – passengers could get from Ashford to Gatwick in between 25 and 30 minutes and 45 minutes to Heathrow.

“Discussions with potential purchasers continue. I am continuing to engage with staff, elected employee representatives and unions to keep them informed as these arrangements are confirmed,” a spokesman for the Official Receiver said.

[Source: Kent Online 2018]

[Source: Sky] We would like to extend our condolences to any­one who has been effected by the downturn of Carrilion and would like to offer our support with job searches or just to talk over your options and review your CV. Feel free to call us on 01202 201225.

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HS1 link already based at Ashford


FTS Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2018  
FTS Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2018