FORS is hosting a new series of briefings at key locations across the UK, designed to update its growing national membership.
The first six new FORS Members’ Regional Briefings took place in May and June in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Peterborough as an opportunity for members from each region to engage with the FORS team, learn about its latest developments and ask questions.
In total, more than 120 FORS members attended the briefing series, which sees a further six events planned at locations across the country throughout the autumn, including:
– Birmingham – 5 November
– Bristol – 6 November
– London – 7 November
– Newcastle – 19 November
– Edinburgh – 20 November
– Crumlin – 22 November
The first set of briefings was presented by Graham Holder, FORS Head of Quality Assurance and Compliance, and featured updates on regional FORS activity and open discussion around ongoing industry issues and trends and achieving FORS Silver and Gold accreditation.
Members learned about the role of the FORS Community Partnership, FORS membership distribution and statistics, FORS training and compliance updates and a heads-up on the introduction of version 5.0 of the FORS Standard, that is due to be launched at the FORS annual Members Conference in October for implementation in early 2019.
Graham Holder said, “The demand for regional briefings was obvious given the swift uptake of places, and it’s encouraging to see so many members making the most of the training offered through FORS Professional. It’s always good to discuss matters face-to-face with our members.”
James Lewis, from Connect Scaffolding Ltd attended the first series of briefings, commenting, “FORS continues to develop and improve the way in which it is managed and communicated to its members. The Members’ Regional Briefing is a welcome addition to this process providing a forum for gaining clarification and enabling feedback directly to the FORS Compliance Team.”
Michael Davies, from TDR Transport Services Ltd, added, “Attending FORS briefings should be compulsory for all members to keep up to date with required standards. Unlike many other briefings, they are not geared around ‘sales’, purely informative. I look forward to the next one.”