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News in Brief – November/December 2009

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A new free USA guide entitled ‘Seismic Design of Steel Special Moment Frames’ can be downloaded from:

A commemorative book documenting the visionary and varied responses to the Living Steel’s International Architecture Competitions will be available from November. Houses of Steel features 48 unique award winning designs for sustainable steel homes, including single and multi-storey residential projects. For more information visit:

A new Specialist Apprenticeship Scheme Pilot commenced in October at the National Construction College at the Royal Docks Campus in East London. The apprenticeship programme enjoys the support of Metsec. The Apprenticeship Frame work consists of assessment of the NVQ at level 2, the completion of Key Skills at Level 1, and around 30 days of off the job training over a two year period of attachment to the Programme. The course will also include up to two days of manufacturer based training. Progression will be via the NVQ level 3 in Occupational Work Supervision for those people who wish to achieve a supervisory qualification. For further details of the Pilot Scheme, please contact Doreen Henry at the FPDC on 0207 6349 480 or Bill Brown at ConstructionSkills on 0784 3343 636 or by email on

Following on from a recent meeting of the structural steel fasteners group, work has begun on National Highways Sector Scheme 3 for bolt distributors.

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