Contractual Training & Seminars

Training for Specialist Contractors, Trade Contractors & Subcontractors

It’s important for you as a Specialist Contractor, Trade Contractor or Subcontractor to be fully equipped to deal with a wide variety of construction contracts and subcontracts. The industry uses a wide range of standard form subcontracts and bespoke subcontracts, so it is essential that your team are provided with the right kind of training.

Dealing with contracts and negotiations, managing projects and ensuring you avoid risk and blame is essential to surviving and succeeding in the world of construction and engineering.

Effective commercial management and profitable delivery of subcontract packages requires the specialist knowledge that our training courses and seminars provide, and our targeted courses will improve your ability to deliver your projects effectively. They are applicable across the construction sector, irrespective of your size or specialisation.

Not only is Specialist Sub-Contracting a tough business, it is one, which few people outside the industry genuinely understand. That is probably why you might have previously found it difficult to find the right kind of training for your people.

That’s why we offer a range of training courses in commercial and contractual matters to provide you and your team with the right skills and knowledge that will help protect your commercial and contractual interests, and ensure you maximise your profitability.

Please scroll down the page to see what your fellow subcontractors have had to say about our training events.

Check out our upcoming public training seminars here; Upcoming Events

Seminars and Workshops For Subcontractors

Our seminars and workshops, like our training, are aimed at Specialist Contractors, Trade Contractors and Subcontractors who don’t want to just plod along and take whatever the Main Contractors throw at them!

We have presented both public seminars and in house training programmes for Specialist Sub-Contractors all around the UK.

We have developed our courses  to deliver the economy of a public seminar, but with the confidentiality of in-house training in a new and exciting way to bring you the benefits of in-house training at a fraction of the normal cost.

Our exclusively Subcontractor only Seminars have been designed to specifically deal with contractual and commercial matters from your perspective.

We have designed our training courses to ensure that the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming and makes your delegates feel completely at ease. Learning can then take place at much more effective level, where real life experience and difficulties can be shared in a confidential environment.

Please remember to scroll down the page to see what your fellow subcontractors have had to say about our training events.

Range Of Training Courses For Construction Subcontractors

We are constantly developing our range of courses so that we provide exactly what you need to stay ahead in the difficult world of construction. Here are some examples of the training courses we provide exclusively for you as a Specialist Contractor, Trade Contractor or Subcontractor.

    • Introduction to Standard Form and bespoke Subcontracts
    • Contractual Management for Contracts Managers and Supervisors
    • How To Get Paid Workshop
    • Dealing With Claims and Disputes
    • Specialist Sub-Contract Management
    • Contractual Awareness for Salespeople
    • The JCT 2011 Subcontracts and the 2016 Changes
    • Understanding the NEC Subcontracts and the Introduction of NEC4
    • Adjudication for Subcontractors

Please give us a call on 01773 712116 or email to discuss your training requirements.

Speaking at Events and Conferences

If you are holding any kind of trade event or construction industry conference, our MD and construction industry expert Barry Ashmore is available to speak on all manner of topics.

Barry has over 28 years of experience in dealing with contractual and commercial matters and has an extensive range of expertise, and has spoken at various trade association and business events.

He has also been featured on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC local radio.

Contractual and Commercial Training For Subcontractors

At Streetwise we provide training exclusively for Specialist Contractors, Trade Contractors and Subcontractors in the construction and engineering industries.

We provide JCT Subcontract Training, Contractual Training, NEC/3 and NEC/4 Training, and bespoke training specifically designed for your business. Please give us a call on 01773 712116 or email

Check out our upcoming public training seminars here; Upcoming Events

Here’s what our recent delegates had to say about us;

“Concise, insightful and most importantly simplistic”

Alistair Wallace, Construction Director Ground Control

Bite size snippets of extremely useful information. Laid out in an understandable way. Highly recommend to others

Paul Condon, Director at Aimbec Carpentry Ltd

A construction industry reality check with risk reducing, common sense advice

Trevor Kirby, M.D. Anglian Architectural

Very informative, concise and to the point without any unrequired waffle

Julian Crane, Director VBS Ltd

Very informative! Barry and Jo are walking Googles

Laura Watkins, Credit Controller at Multitech Site Services

Content is very relevant and well delivered

Matthew Potter, Director at Oxted Window Systems

Thought provoking

Richard Warmington, Director Taskmaster Doors Ltd

Check out our upcoming public training seminars here; Upcoming Events

“As sub-contractors, Churchill enter into many formal contracts. To assess them with limited knowledge can be daunting and time consuming. There are many pitfalls and it isn’t until a problem comes to light, that a lack of contractual awareness is realised.

StreetwiseSubbie have helped Churchill Specialist Contracting build on our existing knowledge by providing Contractual Awareness training, advice and reference material. This has had a direct effect on our negotiation skills pre-contract and our success in reaching settlement during those inevitable payment disputes we all experience at the lowly end of the contractual food chain.

We now take advantage of the benefits on offer as a Streetwise Subbie Gold Member and have the confidence to deal with potential contractual issues before they arise and tackle them head on when they do”

Richard Rowson, MD Churchill Specialist Contracting

Very good informative knowledge

Brian Woodley, M.D. Gee-Bec Services Ltd

“Very worthwhile and helpful. Gives you the knowledge, confidence & tools to deal with these contracts effectively & successfully”

Kerry Barrett, QS Ivor King

“Very professional, pleasant & presentation delivered in an exceptional manner. Many thanks!”

Steve Hickling, Commercial Manager AES Ltd


Kyle Garland, Assistant Management Accountant at Multitech Site Services

A comprehensive & detailed guide to the Sub-Contractors role and responsibilities in a JCT Contract” & “If you have an involved experience of JCT contracts, or next to none, you will benefit from the Streetwise JCT Seminar” –

Christopher Smith, Senior Commercial Assistant DBD Distribution

Informative! Explained the differences between the Construction Act and the Scheme in an easily understandable way

Shannon James, Hoarding Division Manager at Panthera Group

Fantastic day, full of such useful information. Can’t wait to go back to the office and put some of the information I have learnt today into practice. Thank you!

Kirsty Hughes, Senior Credit controller Multitech Site Services

Check out our upcoming public training seminars here; Upcoming Events

I definitely think it (attending) would be beneficial for all areas of the business, for a better understanding across the board” –

Jo Rumbelow, Contract Account Manager at Multitech Site Services

Eye opening and very helpful, thorough & rewarding

Gavin Pettifer, Operations Director Loughton Contracts

Very informative & useful. Will recommend to others within the industry

Richard Coombes, A.C Solutions Group

Informative & relative to ongoing issues our company are currently dealing with

Jamie Wickham at Getjar Ltd

Very informative, enlightening & useful. Barry and Jo know their stuff! Lots of helpful, useful & practical information. Well presented and helpful to have copies of the slides and documents

Emma Boswood, Business Support Administrator at Multitech Site Services

An eye opener into the fundamental requirements & terms of JCT Contracts

Kieran Luck, Commercial Accountant at Loughton Contracts

It could be a really productive day to avoid problems in future contracts and disputes with the contractor companies

David Garcia, Accountant at Ajar Technology

Informed us of our obligations and entitlements with main contractors. Can now issue notices on delays and not feel they will reduce the relationship

Harry Jackson, Project Surveyor Loughton Contracts PLC

This was an excellent seminar. Well explained and easy for me to follow

Sharon Butcher, Assistant QS at TRC Contracts Ltd

No need for coffee as it was very interesting

Mark McGoldrick, Group Operations Directorat Panthera Group

Check out our upcoming public training seminars here; Upcoming Events

Very good. Offered an in-depth view into common issues surrounding the industry

Jack Taylor, Estimator Gee-Bec Services Ltd

Reassurance on how to deal with day to day issues. I would attend it again

Sorin Ciotau, Commercial Manager at BOK Constructing

Very informative! Seminar worth attending, full of good advice

Helena Tait, Technical Sales Manager Brett Martin Daylight Systems

Very informative with good advice on how to protect yourselves against liabilities which I would recommend to anyone dealing with MC’s

Daniel Kirkland, Technical Sales Manager Brett Martin Daylight Systems

Very well presented and very informative” & “Very clear messages communicated throughout the course

Kanji Hirani, Director at Leay Limited

Interesting and eye opening

Nick Mason, Contracts Manager Great Yarmouth Ceilings

Informative and inspiring

Darren Adams, Senior contacts manager at Great Yarmouth Ceilings Ltd

Know your contract obligations so you can stand your ground against main contractor bully boy tactics

Phil Telling, M.D @ Telling Finishing’s Ltd

The guys presenting definitely know their stuff

Shak Hassan, Bespoke Project Coordinator Brett martin Daylight Systems

Well presented and informative seminar. Gives me confidence as to what I’m doing right and definitely highlights what we as a company need to tighten up on. Knowledgeable presentation which teaches you the importance of getting your paperwork right and you’ll get paid

Sara Phelan, Bespoke Contracts Manager Brett Martin Daylight Systems

Excellent introduction/ refresher on the Construction Act. A definite recommendation to attend

Robert O’Connor, Construction Director Ad Bly Construction

Comprehensive & informative

Martyn Leonard, F.D at Axiom Group

Very useful and helpful for all individuals within a company

Mark Mulchincok, Commercial Manager at Axiom Group Ltd

Eye opening

Kim Johnson, Contracts manager at Eurosafe Solutions

Check out our upcoming public training seminars here; Upcoming Events

Informative and eye opening

Neil Hodgkins, Director at PGE Landscaping Ltd

Very very informative and an eye opener

Tom Brazington, Sales & Estimating Manager at PGE Landscaping

More front-line contracts managers should attend

Liz Hinde, Operational Support at High peak Scaffolding

Really useful information. It’s one of the most valuable business lessons I have learnt

Gautam Ladva, Accounts at Ajar Technology

Concise, informative and well presented

Ian Drayton, Financial Controller at High Peak Scaffolding

Very informative and easy to follow

Steve Gerrard, Contracts Manager at Stone Central Ltd

Highly informative and accurate” & “It will most definitely improve or reinforce your current knowledge of JCT Contracts and the Construction Act

Jamie Lewis, Commercial Estimating Manager at Hazlemere Window Company Ltd

Very informative and well worth it!”

Alex Cockburn, Project Manager at Pentangle

Informative and detailed. Would recommend and will attend future events

Richard Hydes, Assistant Commercial Manager at SMD Ltd

Definitely worth it! Informative and useful, particularly as it is for sub-contractors only. For a more open discussion. An enjoyable refresher and interesting new points raised

Paul Winston, Commercial Manager at Cel Group Ltd

A great insight into your contractual obligations and what to look out for. Would recommend to anyone working in the construction industry

Damian Murphy, QS at Ajar Technology

Informative, thorough and well communicated. Well presented by Barry. Open and approachable. No topic too big or taboo

Ian Ratcliffe, Senior Estimator at Steadfast Roofing Ltd

Well recommended, very informative and will be very useful for future projects

Salim Kasujee, Contracts Manager Skerritt Electrical Ltd

Very enlightening. I would definitely recommend the course to others, well worth the day

Martin Atkins, Construction Director Skerritt Electrical Ltd

Very helpful to hear hints & tips on contracting from people with vast knowledge and experience

Sam Inett, Trainee QS at JS Wright

Check out our upcoming public training seminars here; Upcoming Events

Very good insight to JCT contracts with good advice. We would certainly recommend this to anyone

Neil Evans, M.D. Thermo-Floor U.K Ltd

Great eye opener

 Martin Tracey, Contracts Manager at JD Electrical

Great subject knowledge and entirely relevant for modern day construction

Jonny Growcott, General Manager at The CEL Group

A mass of contractual information, some if it mind blowing but some very worthwhile information

Andrew Page, Contracts Manager 

A very useful seminar to reinforce the importance of contract formation and contractual awareness” –

Michael Clarke, QS at Axiom Group

Highly recommend and very easy to follow and understand

Sarah Mawbey-Abbott, Director GS Moore Roofing Contractors Ltd

Excellent introductory understanding of contract terms and getting paid

Andrew West, M.D. AW Electrical Ltd

Just what my business has been missing. Great work you and the team are doing – glad we found you

Chris Frost, Director Aspect Commercial Flooring

A lot of good information and advice for a 1-day course. Glad I attended! Would recommend all levels of management attend

Lee Smith, M.D. Richmond Fire Engineers Ltd

The seminar was extremely informative and excellently delivered” & “I’ll recommend these events to all subcontractors, I’ll definitely be interested in attending future seminars” –

Gary Richardson, Commercial Manager at Advanced Roofing Ltd

It’s been very helpful & highlighted changes that we need to implement

Catherine McHugh, Company Secretary at Tecserv UK Ltd

Check out our upcoming public training seminars here; Upcoming Events

Invaluable for sub contract managers, project managers and directors. Excellent!

Richard Rowson, M.D. at Churchill SC Ltd

Interesting, informative & very helpful” – Daniel White, Director of Operations @ Churchill Specialist Contracting Ltd

Every point I expected to be covered was comprehensively explained in layman’s terms. Comforting to know there is a specialist adviser for specialist contractors. I’ve attended legal seminars before, but they have never been what I required. Excellent overall presentation

Ranson Og, M.D. St Astier Ltd

Very informative. Highly recommend department managers with no formal qualifications to attend

Paul Lough, Contracts Director Airco

Very interesting seminar, which I feel has equipped my with the relevant tools to battle disputes” –

Karl Posser, Accounts Manager at Bardo Electrical

After attending the ‘Streetwise’ seminar, I am pleased to congratulate you and your team for the professionalism shown.
I have attended many seminars now, but this seminar has exceeded my expectations. I will be recommending your team’s services to all those I meet, and I firmly believe no other organisation offer such tailored services. 

Jason McNeillEnvDip,Tech IOSH,AIEMA EHS/Commercial Advisor

Specialist Sub-Contractors Commercial and Contractual Awareness Training

Specialist Sub-Contracting in construction and engineering can be a complicated business and it’s no surprise that at some point you are going to face problems relating to training.

Our courses provide a practical no-nonsense approach to learning all the basic principles that can easily be understood and used for the benefit of your business on a day to day basis.

We have been successfully presenting courses for Specialist Sub-Contractors for 23 years and we have practised what we preach, because in that time our experts have recovered literally millions of pounds on behalf of Specialist Subcontractors using simple techniques that you can easily learn.

The following issues can be covered and everything is always thoroughly explained to delegates attending our courses;

In 90% of disputes the contract is not properly formed!
  • An introduction to how contracts are formed
  • What are contracts all about?
  • Learn to easily find the information that is really important
  • Are you putting the company at risk?
  • What role do preliminaries and preambles play in the contract?
  • Does the specification take precedence over the other contract documents?
  • How to turn conflicting terms to your advantage
  • Very rarely do both parties know what the terms really mean!
  • An introduction to standard form contracts
  • Learn the important features of a contract and how it affects you
  • Are suppliers and sub-contractors avoiding their liabilities?
  • Learn what you must do and why you must do it when placing orders
  • Are you in breach of contract but don’t know it

Check out our upcoming training and seminars here; Upcoming Events

Variations can increase your profits or cost you a fortune!
  • So what exactly is a variation?
  • Learn the importance of drawing logs and other information issued to you
  • Avoid non payment of variations simply by following the rules
  • Are you maximising your recovery from variations?
  • What should be included in a variation?
  • What rates and prices are you entitled to use?
  • Can you agree the price before doing the extra work?
  • Learn the essentials about daywork sheets
  • Avoid arguments about signing daywork sheets
  • The importance of accurate timesheets and site logs
  • Getting final accounts agreed can be a battle. How to win the battle and keep the client happy into the bargain
An introduction to the dangers called design!
  • Avoid the onerous obligations that arise without you knowing
  • Learn about the true extent of the professional team’s responsibility
  • Does getting your drawings “approved” offer you any protection?
  • Why you shouldn’t always do what you are told!

Check out our upcoming training and seminars here; Upcoming Events

Do you always get the blame for being late?
  • An introduction to time in construction contracts and how to protect your interests right from the outset
  • Are you forced to work to the main contractors programme?
  • The deadly effects of out of sequence working
  • The importance of delay notices and how to keep them simple
  • Should you be concerned about the threat of liquidated damages?
  • What is extension of time and can we recover additional costs?
Most business failures occur because they run out of money!
  • An introduction to payment in construction contracts
  • How can you get paid the right amount?
  • Learn how to always get paid on time
  • The secret is in the details
  • Sample applications for payment
  • Can you stop work if you don’t get paid?

Check out our upcoming training and seminars here; Upcoming Events

If you are going to make a claim make it stick!
  • An introduction to claims and the essential part you play!
  • Learn the three essentials of a great claim
  • How can you prove you have been delayed?
  • Disruption will cost you a fortune if you let it
  • If you can get the time can you get the money?
  • Stick to your guns and negotiate like a professional
Don’t be fooled by its name this Act is great for You!
  • An introduction to the best thing since sliced bread!
  • Does this Act apply to your projects?
  • Learn how to use the Act to secure your payments
  • Are you still being clobbered by Main Contractor’s set-offs?
  • What to do about pay when paid clauses
  • Adjudication is a fast and efficient way to get things sorted when you know how!

For details about our next exclusively for Subcontractor events check out; Upcoming Events or please give us a call for a no obligation chat on 01773 712116.

Or, if you have any questions whatsoever relating to training for subcontractors, then why not use the Ask Streetwise  feature on this site to ask our virtual team of experts for help?

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Construction’s a tough place to do business right now, and Specialist Contractors need all the help you can get. That’s why you will find our resources and expertise are invaluable, whatever the size of your business and whatever your specialisation. We’re here to help you solve all your business problems, including the crucially important contractual ones, such as getting paid.

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