The first group of UK demolition managers have completed the National Demolition Training Group's Demolition Manager's five day training course. The course focuses on behavioural techniques and communication skills, in addition to waste management and environmental controls to allow attendees to learn the best ways to implement sustainable approaches with their companies.

The final two days were spent at the ACT-UK Simulation Centre in Coventry, UK, where the 10 participants were able to use the latest virtual reality simulation techniques to demonstrate their newly learned competencies.

According to NDTG training manager Sophie Francis: "The Demolition Managers programme has been a

huge success to help individuals expand their knowledge and skills. Although the course was designed specifically for demolition managers, we hope that it will help everyone to work more effectively on site."

"The NDTG is hoping to run a further eight intakes of this project throughout 2011 [D&RI understands seven are confirmed]. The UK Contractors Group is pushing heavily for behavioural training and techniques through the supply chain, and we feel that the demolition industry is supporting this commitment through the ACT-UK Simulation Centre, as funded by CITB-ConstructionSkills. We would like to build on our successes by helping more demolition managers to obtain their CCDO cards with what has been an informative, relevant, and most of all, enjoyable programme of training."

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