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Teaching our children through garden

One of the biggest difficulties we face is how we get our kids into the garden. We really want to teach our kids the missing values and ethics of gardening and how to look after themselves going forward. After all, we won’t be around forever, so in this article we are going to cover all of the basics of teaching are children how to look after themselves in the garden.

Learning how to garden responsibly.

One of the biggest things as parents the we can do is teach your children exactly what they need to know from the garden and how they can use it to live and perhaps not purchase all of their food from shop sauce suppliers such as Tesco’s. It would be lovely for them to be able to actually learn some of the basics of nature and be able to look after themselves.

Teaching our kids outgrow and learn from the vegetable patch.

One of the biggest things that we can do is make sure that our children how to grow vegetables in the garden and some of the ways in we can do this is picking vegetables to grow quickly and keep their attention span under control. With these handy vegetable patch tips to teach the kids you could perhaps make a beginning of a vegetable patch and it doesn’t really matter if you’ve got a small garden because most of these vegetables that are noted in the article don’t actually require much space to grow at all.

I couldn’t think of anything better than eating some of the fresh produce from your garden with your own children and at a barbecue or gathering with some of your local friends and family. Gardening isn’t the cheapest way to go about this but it certainly is the most rewarding and you’ll end up with organic produce to which is there’s a lot can be said for that the moment.

One of my favourite guards at the moment is Shelly from and she’s adamant that teaching the kids and installing these disciplines at an early age will help them grow up and understand the importance of our planet and the way that we conduct ourselves and hopefully reduce our carbon footprint as well as looking at sustainable futures first many generations to come.

What can we do to help our kids learn from the garden?

Often we find ourselves looking for task in the garden and things to do well if I were in that situation I would most definitely get out into the vegetable patch and basically cut a little section out for a children to be in charge of. It will help them have a sense of control and pride about their own patch in the garden. If you promote the idea to them in this way there’s every chance that they will step up to the plate and begin to learn the process of growing your own vegetables. And who knows where they end, they might end up being interested in all kinds of organic or otherwise sustainable gardening in the future. This will only serve to improve life for everyone around us. The basis of all of this is teaching our children from an early age in the garden and we really must and ignore the need to do so.

Construction Site Safety

For over 20 years, GE 700 has been the industry standard for Health and Safety. It is revised annually to take into account the latest legislative changes and new or updated guidance and procedures. Each module is loose leafed and provides practical, accurate and authoritative advice on all the important areas of Health and Safety in the building and construction industry, within the existing legal framework and requirements. Remember, ignorance of the law is no excuse!

Some of the updates to the 2006 edition include the requirements of The Work at Height Regulations 2005, a new section for The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, extensive expansion on The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, the requirements of the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005, and a full colour sign section.

Contents: The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, The New Roads and Street Works, Accident Reporting and Investigation, Accident Prevention and Control, Responsibilities, Offences and Penalties, Safety Policies, Consultation with Employees, Induction Training, General Safety Information, The Construction Regulations, The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, Statutory Forms and Notices, The Management of Health on Site, Behaviour-based Safety, First Aid at Work, Food Safety on Site, Risk Assessments and Method Statements, Manual Handling, Safety Inspections, Provisions of Safety Information and Safety Auditing, Ladders, Steps and Lightweight Staging, System Scaffolds and Mobile Towers, Tube and Fitting Scaffolds, Safe Working on Roofs and at Height, Safety Nets and Suspension Equipment, Safety with Steelwork, Working over Water, Abrasive Wheels, Cartridge-operated Tools, Lifting Equipment on Accessories for Lifting, Mobile Elevating Work Platforms, Plant and Work Equipment, Security on Site, Woodworking Machines, Asbestos, Buried Services, Dust Hazards and the Control of Fumes, Electricity on Site, Excavations, Lead Hazards, Safety in Demolition, Trackside Safety, Working in Confined Spaces, Control of Noise, Protection of Skin, Vibration, Waste Management, Environmental Management, Fire Prevention and Control in the Office, Fire Prevention and Control on Site, Highly Flammable Liquids and Petroleum-based Adhesives, Liquefied Petroleum Gases and Vehicle Fuels (including Petrol, Diesel and LPG).

This publication must be supplied to all delegates who attend the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course.

The first few weeks on site are the most critical ones. Health and safety figures show that approximately 50% of fatal accidents in the building and construction industry occur within the first week of the victim starting work on site. This programme will assist employers to fulfil their legal obligations under Regulation 11 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which says in part: “Every employer shall ensure that his employees are provided with adequate health and safety training: – on their being recruited into the employer’s undertaking; and – on their being exposed to new or increased risk because of transfers, being given new responsibilities, new work equipment, new technology or changes in the system of work”. Anyone just starting with a company or joining a new site, irrespective of length of service or experience, should see this DVD. Its fundamental purpose is to heighten awareness of health and safety on site for everyone – whether direct employees, labour only sub contractors or self-employed. No differentiation has been made between these groups so that the material is relevant to all. Everyone on site is exposed to the risk of accidents and ill health so everyone needs effective health and safety training.

Construction skills are practical

Apprenticeships are practical work-based schemes, developed by the construction industry to help achieve a skilled and qualified workforce.

They lead to respected qualifications – National Vocational Qualifications/Scottish Vocational Qualifications – that prove that the standard of work expected in the industry has been met.

Apprenticeships allow a young person to learn, work, earn and get qualified, all at the same time. Every year over 10,000 young people join the Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS).

Apprenticeship schemes vary by country, although the principles remain the same:

England & Wales
There are two levels of apprenticeship: Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeship. Both lead to National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Key Skills qualifications and Technical Certificates.

The Scottish Building Apprenticeship Training Council Scheme provides young people with a commitment to employment and training over a four year period. There are 2 levels of apprenticeship depending on trade. Apprenticeship leads to SVQ Level 2 and Modern Apprenticeship leads to Level 3.

Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland there are three tiers of apprenticeship training:

  • Access Training – NVQ Level 1
  • Traineeships – NVQ Level 2
  • Apprenticeships – NVQ Level 3

An apprentice will train towards a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)/ Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in their chosen occupation. These are nationally recognised, competence based qualifications that prove standards of work expected in industry have been met.

Training is undertaken both at college/training centre and on site. There are two parts to gaining an NVQ/SVQ: college training and assessment and work-based evidence gained on site. Use the dropdown menu for more information on apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships allow you to learn, work, earn and get qualified all at the same time. It’s a simple step-by-step process that ConstructionSkills can guide you through. At the end of it you’ll be trained and qualified with a promising future in an exciting industry.

For details of apprenticeship availability for your chosen trade please call your local CITB-ConstructionSkills office.

These pages will help you understand the stages you must go through to get onto a ConstructionSkills Apprenticeship in the construction industry. Each stage is important, as it will make sure that you get the right training and support in the future.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) / Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) focus on your work on-site rather than what you learn in the classroom.
They are the standard that the industry is working towards and they form the basis of apprenticeships, CSCS and its affiliated cards.
NVQs are available in England and Wales. SVQs are the preferred system in Scotland.
To find out more about NVQs/SVQs and the Awarding bodies use the options on the right.

You can attend a Further Education College or University to study, either part or full-time, in a range of areas related to construction and the built environment:

  • Construction Awards (Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced) are qualifications for craft occupations – they do not require any proof of site based work.
  • First Diploma – a full-time qualification which gives background knowledge to various jobs allowing you to keep your options open for continuing education or entry into craft or technical employment.
  • Vocational Certificate of Education Advanced Level (AVCE) – an alternative to traditional A Levels, where you study the general aspects of Construction and the Built Environment.
  • National Certificate/Diploma (NC/ND); Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/HND) – You could start studying your NC at 16 and progress to the HNC or HND.
  • Alternatively, if you have A Levels or Scottish Highers you could start at 18 on the HNC or HND.
  • Foundation Degree – Providing a mix of vocational and academic learning, this is a good starting point if you want to move to a technical, supervisory and management job.
  • Degrees – These allow you to develop in an area of your choice – for example, Architecture, Construction Management, Civil Engineering. You will usually study for three years or longer via full-time, part-time or sandwich study.
  • Professional qualifications – Many professional institutions have professional qualifications as a route to professional membership for their specialism e.g. engineering, building or architecture.