Schools Back – End of a Busy Summer for Worksmart

It’s official, the schools are back!

This marks the return to work various sectors in which we undertake project during the summer, such as colleges, Universities and Football Clubs. It’s been a very busy summer workload for Worksmart and we’ve been all over Scotland and the UK. Recent years have provided Worksmart Contracts with a busy work load throughout the summer shut downs in a variety of markets and 2019 has been no different.

Unfortunately, the Scottish weather hasn’t been much different to past summers either!

Challenging Schedule

This time of the year is always a challenging one. We need to ensure that we are fully prepared, as the logistics of the summer can be highly complex. Manufacturer shut downs, direct labour holidays, and sub-contractor’s workloads always have to be taken into consideration when undertaking projects during the summer.

It can be very challenging to manage all of these factors, but we try our very best to accommodate our client’s main contracts, their variations and whatever changes are requested along the way.

Traditionally our direct labour and sub-contractor labour levels rise 30%+ in this eight to ten-week period. Being able to call on skilled labour consistently during this time is another challenge we have to face.

This year has been another interesting and rewarding summer. Our teams have been engaged in some fabulous projects, from high level design and product specifications, to routine upgrades of various facilities that can only be carried out while staff and students are on holiday.

No two projects are ever the same.

Fire Doors and Passive Fire Protection

One thing we have been asked to assist in a lot this year is helping to educate our existing clients in Fire Doors and Passive Fire Protection. We have been able to assist with our fully certificated, vetted and third party approved Inspectors, Installers and maintainers.

We would recommend a visit to our sister company – Worksmart Fire Door Inspection – to find out more and to ask them to arrange a meeting to go through and assist in all matters involving Fire Doors and Passive Fire Protection. Our clients have found this service to be extremely useful and thus far we have helped designers, architects, surveyors and FM Managers.

Retraining our Focus

Now that staff and students are all back to work and our busy summer period has come to an end for another year, we like to turn our attention towards training and staff development. Currently we have several schemes in place, such as SSSTS, SMSTS, First Aid, PASMA, IPAF and Asbestos Awareness. All of these are either being implemented as the training matrix requires, or people are simply being sent on refresher courses.

In addition, we are proud to announce that we have started a further two Apprentice Joiners! One in the West and one in the East to help with the skills shortage we are currently facing in our construction industry. Worksmart are very proud of our Apprentice and Graduate Training Programmes along with our Schools Project and various work placements in all our offices.

I am sure you will get to meet the new apprentices soon and you should look forward to some upcoming case studies which we will be sharing in the next few weeks.

– Steve Neilson