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UKMDA Releases Statement on Retentions – July 2018

UKMDA Statement on Retentions – July 2018

The UK Metal Decking Association considers the withholding of retentions on metal decking contracts to be unnecessary. As such, the industry does not accept the application of retentions.

Metal decking is effectively a shutter and would not be subject to defects or poor workmanship once the concrete has been poured and reached design strength.  After the concrete pour, it would not be possible to carry out any remedial work, therefore the holding of retention to cover any potential defects is not applicable to the works.

Accordingly, retention to cover any potential defects is not applicable to metal decking works.

UK Metal Decking Association Launches National NVQ

For the first time in five years, nationally recognised NVQ’s in Metal Decking and Stud Welding have been awarded through a brand new training and qualification scheme set up by the U.K. Metal Decking Association (UKMDA).
In 2013, ECITB withdrew the NVQ Qualifications, leaving the industry without an industry recognised way of formally qualifying the workforce, but after months of lobbying, the UKMDA stepped in to develop the National Occupational Standard with the support of CITB. The qualification enables holders to obtain a Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card in Metal Decking and Stud Welding.
Joe Gaughan, UKMDA Chairman awarded the first seven qualifications to the candidates and their company representatives in the beautiful surroundings of the Callow Hall Hotel, near Ashbourne, on Monday 11th June.

  • The first wave of Metal Decking & Studwelding NVQ candidates were:
    Viorel Caldare and Callum Gowland, from Durham Complete Decking Ltd, accompanied by Glen McDonald – Durham Complete Decking’s MD
  • Damien Nixon, David Holt, Stephen Dey, Dean Craster and Peter Bland, from Northern Steel Decking Ltd, accompanied by Carl Baxter, Northern Steel Decking’s Senior Contracts Manager

Tony Seddon, UKMDA’s Company Secretary says: “This is massive news for the construction industry. There’s been a huge hole in the metal decking and studwelding training sector for almost half a decade now and we are thrilled to have developed this excellent formal qualification, which sets a new standard for those working in this busy sector. It’s now up to the construction industry to get behind the NVQ, with support from UKMDA and CITB.”

UKMDA Chairman Joe Gaughan added: “We are very proud of what we have achieved since the association was launched in June 2015. This NVQ now means the industry has a formally recognised and thorough qualification and there is a career path for those entering the industry.”

Many more NVQ qualifications are in the process of being assessed and will roll out in coming months. For information on the NVQ and UKMDA training scheme, please visit or email

Initiative Launched to Tackle Mental Health Issues in the Construction Industry

Mental Health Issues in Construction

Mates in Mind aims to raise awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing in the UK construction industry.

Mates in Mind has an ambitious goal – to reach 100,000 workers in its first year and by 2025 to have reached 75% of the construction industry.

It is led by and for the industry in partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group and British Safety Council, as well as with other leading organisations and charities such as Mind, Samaritans and Mental Health First Aid England.

Mates in Mind helps to make sense of available options and support to employers.

Mates in Mind is a registered charity.

New Qualification Route for Metal Decking

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The UK Metal Decking Association (the single largest UK based specialist trade body for the Metal Decking and Studwelding industry) has teamed up with Training Qualifications UK to resolve a major problem that has faced the metal decking industry for a number of years.

Formed of the leading companies in the composite metal flooring and studwelding industry, UKMDA has worked with TQUK to develop a new robust and regulated qualification in Metal Decking and Studwelding which will help many skilled tradesmen to continue working on construction sites throughout the UK.

NVQ qualifications have now become a core stipulation for all skilled workers looking to ply their trade in a building and construction environment with metal decking being no different. They are also a pre-requisite in obtaining a trade-specific CSCS Card.

In terms of acquiring the correct metal decking and/or studwelding credentials to work on a construction or building site moving forward, you can undertake UKMDA Core Training, register for the NVQ and obtain a Trainee CSCS Card whilst you progress your NVQ, on completion of which you will be able to apply for a skilled CSCS card for Metal Decking Installer and/or Stud Welder.

More on the NVQ qualification with TQUK

TQUK Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Metal Decking and Stud Welding Occupations (Construction) (RQF)

The qualification comprises of several mandatory units including the preparing and operating of powered units, tools or pedestrian plant, machinery or equipment in the workplace and the safe handling, moving and storing of resources in the workplace.

And in addition to those, there are separate pathways aimed specifically at metal decking installation and stud welder operations. TQUK Managing Director Andrew Walker said: “We’re extremely pleased to assist the UKMDA in providing them with a qualification which the industry has been asking for.’

‘With NVQ qualifications becoming a core component for skilled workers, we’ve developed a wide range of Building and Construction vocational qualifications which we hope will help tradesmen in their pursuit of a career within the construction industry.’  

On working with TQUK, Tony Seddon, Company Secretary for the UK Metal Decking Association said: “ TQUK’s no nonsense approach to moving the qualification forward has been refreshing. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them”

On what the qualification means to the UKMDA Tony said: “The metal decking and studwelding industry has been without a robust qualification route for several years. The NVQ will lead to a qualification at a nationally recognised level, which means the industry can finally move forward in qualifying the workforce. The UKMDA is delighted to have been part of this process and I am personally pleased to have seen the industry pull together for the common good.”

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