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Following its recent recruitment success, the Specialist Construction Confederation has opened of its Northern Ireland office in Parkgate, County Antrim.

SCC’s Managing Director, Robert Ryce, commented, “There has been tremendous growth within the construction industry in Northern Ireland and, after recruiting several new members in the last few months, we recognised the need for our support to be based locally.”

Ryce added, “The interest in our services persuaded us to open our first regional office and now plan to implement training facilities and a series of workshops around the topics we know cause most concern to today’s contractor, across all sizes of operation.”

IPAF Training Centre

As part of its support for contractors in Northern Ireland, the SCC has become a member of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). SCC’s Health & Safety Director, Caroline Dunlop, explains, “Joining IPAF will enable us to develop an industry-approved training centre under the PAL Scheme (Scissorlift & Boom). IPAF is a world-renowned trade body and the SCC is delighted to be recognised as one of its future training partners. This will also expand our already comprehensive services on behalf of our members.”

“Such safety courses are essential, particularly in Northern Ireland when you consider that a contractor is four times more likely to be killed on a construction site in Northern Ireland compared to the rest of the UK and Ireland. The SCC plans to introduce further modules in the coming months, such as safety harness training.”

Local Programme of free Workshops

The first free Northern Ireland workshop will be announced within the next few weeks and will cover a range of topics - Tax; Health and Safety; HR and CIS. Experts will be available at each event to offer advice and support.

Contractors interested in finding out more about training or events in Northern Ireland can register at or call 0289 332 4447.

Editor’s Notes:

The Specialist Contractors Confederation

The SCC was set up to provide expert and legal assistance across the key areas affecting contractors, from employment issues and documentation to professional assistance when facing legal action e.g. HMRC investigation.


The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) was formed in 1983 to represent the whole of the industry, from manufacturing, distribution and rental trades to associate businesses and users of all forms of powered access equipment, with members from over 20 countries worldwide.

SCC’s Northern Ireland office is located at:-

The Specialist Contractors Confederation
19 Hollybank Road
Hollybank Business Park
Co Antrim
BT39 0DL
Tel. 0289 332 4447

For general information on the SCC, contact:-

Glyn Yarnall (Director of Communications)
The Specialist Contractors Confederation
Court Lodge Farm
Forge Lane
East Farleigh
ME15 0HQ
Tel. 0870 0421710

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