New Rules for 20% ‘Off the Job’ Training

TICA has produced a guide to help employers in England and Wales understand and work to the current ESFA funding rules on planning and delivering a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. From May 2017 the Government, through its funding agency the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), has introduced new rules to manage the delivery of off-th[read more]

Apprentice Accommodation Funding (England/Wales only)

Following a change in government funding rules around the accommodation element of the apprenticeship standard funding, weekend stays for long distance apprentices can no longer be paid through the residential element of the standard funding cap. TICA will now be working with employers to ensure compliance with the very strict 20% ‘off the job’ [read more]

Free Asbestos Awareness Training For TICA Members!

TICA has teamed up with an external learning platform to create an asbestos awareness on-line course. Following consultation over the past year with our IETTL Trustees, the trust has agreed to fund the platform development, and free of charge licences for all TICA members on an annual basis. This new member benefit means that operatives worki[read more]

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 28 May 2018. The new Regulation gives the individual more robust protection against misuse of their personal information/data. As an employer you will have a great deal of personal information in your possession, this is fine…..but there are new requirements about what exactly you[read more]

Next Inductions for TICA Apprentices

The dates for our next round of Inductions are: 02 July 2018 for one week 09 July 2018 for one week There are 10 places on each Induction, based on a first come first served basis. We will help you to recruit your apprentices by: writing and promoting your apprentice vacancies carrying out an initial sift of the applications ar[read more]

TICA in Europe

Two former TICA apprentices are representing the UK at the 2018 FESI European Insulation Championships in Cologne. Apprentice of the Year, Del Rodgers (right), who works for Hertel UK is teaming up with Western Thermal’s Jordan Harding, a finalist in 2016. Following a two-day practice session at the training centre in Darlington, the duo head[read more]

Meet Ian Tattersall

TICA’s new President talks about the future of the industry and his plans for our Association… Ian is Managing Director of KAEFER Ltd.  He started as a trainee insulation estimator for Darlington Insulation in Burnley more than thirty years ago. His career has ranged from planning and contracts management to purchasing and took him throughout[read more]

Industry awaits consultation findings

The results of the government’s consultation on the practice of cash retention under construction contracts will be published in April. The consultation, which closed in mid-January, covered areas including: • the effectiveness of existing prompt and fair payment measures for retentions • research carried out for industry by Pye Tait • late a[read more]

Annual Apprentice Conference

TICA attended the Annual Apprenticeships Conference in Birmingham – raising the profile of the Association and sharing best practice amongst industry peers. As well as presenting a paper on the 20% off the job training requirement for apprentices registered on the Standards, CEO, Marion Marsland and Operations Manager, Madeleine Hill were waitin[read more]

Got an Apprentice? We Need Your Feedback!

So that we can ensure we are providing you with the best possible training provision we will be contacting all TICA Members in the coming weeks with a view to obtaining feedback about all aspects of the training programme. Your views are very important to us and also a requirement of our funding contracts so we really do need you help and support[read more]