Monthly Archives: January 2018

  • Construction News: Moving On From Carillion's Demise

    an image of an empty construction site This month, we learned the news of the collapse of Carillion. With the firm only having £29m in the bank, and having debts surmounting to more than £1.3bn, insolvency was clearly on the horizon for the firm. Now the question still remains as to how this happened. Why did Carillion get into so much debt? Why had no action been taken when the warning signs were present? I am sure answers will be unveiled in time. The demise of Carillion is huge news. Not only did they serve as a major construction contractor for the government, but they also supplied services to schools and hospitals. Jobs risks are clearly imminent. And some people have already lost their jobs. Carillion employs approx. 43,000 pe ...
  • How to Network as a Childminder

    an image of board pieces on a piece of paper that has dots connected to each other If you decide to become a self-employed childminder, you need to promote yourself to parents who work full-time. Since advertising is expensive, the best way to get yourself noticed is to network early in your career. Networking is an essential step if you want to succeed at working for yourself. If you do not know what networking is, it is the process of connecting with potential customers and making them aware of your services. This is necessary if you don't have any experience and/or you have just completed your education in the child care field. Consider the following ways you can successfully network to develop your reputation as a childminder.

    Word of Mouth

    Letting your family ...
  • What is the Difference Between a Site Manager and a Site Supervisor?

    an image of a building site The construction industry is seen by the general public as a dead-end job. Perhaps it is visual of hi-vis jackets and the muck. But that's not true at all. The construction sector is one of the most important industries in a nation's economy. It creates jobs for the local regions, it helps to build a community and more importantly, it creates a space for businesses to flourish. The entry routes into the sector are fairly minimal if you want to start out as a construction labourer. All you would need is to obtain a green CSCS labourer card. (The Learning Station can help you get a green CSCS card in 5 days). But once you're in, and you can demonstrate ...
  • What Career Paths Are Available in Child Care?

    an image of a teddy bear on a bench There are many career paths in the child care industry. Deciding what path to take is a matter of taking many things into account. It is not enough to simply know that you want to work with children. There are many factors you have to take in to account. For example, children obviously come in all ages, levels and abilities. You will need to consider where your strengths lie and what you will find most fulfilling. There are many careers paths in child care. In this post we will be focussing on childminding, nursery, pre-school and playerwork environments. We'll look at an entry-level role in each work environment, so you get a better picture of what to expect.

    Childminding 

    Childminding can be ...
  • Child Care Sector: How To Impress a Child’s Parents

    image of kids playing in the background If you work in the child care sector, you will understand just how important your role is. An insurance company might consider a high value item as jewellery, a painting or some high-end electronic equipment amongst other items. But a parent will consider their children more precious than anything. Understandably, this means that it will often be difficult for them to leave their children with anyone. This is because they have probably spent very little time away from their child. However, there will also be some difficulty in trusting someone to take care of their most precious bundle of joy. You will need to see matters from the parents' perspective and present useful information to them. You will then be able to demonstrate that you are worthy of their trust and that ...