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First For Contractors

First For Contractors is a tool used for assessing and recording information from your subcontractors

Subcontractors can be a flexible source of expertise and labour - available as and when your business requires. However, that flexibility can cause a headache when putting agreements and documentation in place. First for contractors is a tool used for assessing and recording information from your subcontractors, storing formal agreements and assessing competencies. EL Direct's Subcontractor Management Application (First for contractors) is a unique online system available to you and your subcontractors - keeping everything in one place.

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The EL Direct support team will help set up your First for Subcontractors account so you are all ready to go with managing workplace subcontracts. Going forward our Customer Service team is available seven days a week to answer any questions you have about using the software.

The system makes requesting documents from your subcontractors easy - simply upload their details and send a request with the information you’d like. Each subcontractor will receive an alert and a unique login so they can upload the information you’ve requested. You can specify whether or not a requirement is mandatory or optional - mandatory requirements will count towards the subcontractor's assessment score.

  • When a contractor responds with information it counts against their score - the higher the score the less information you’re outstanding
  • All information is stored online so there is less paperwork for you
  • Staying up to date is easy with our automated alerts

Our system will alert you when any documentation from your contractors needs renewing - so you can avoid any unnecessary delays waiting for contractors to update information.

Log in - when you log in using your unique ID, you'll be able to see all your subcontractors in one place along with the information you’ve requested and it's status for each contractor. You can generate a PDF in one click, for each subcontractor - which will summarise the information and evidence received which you can email to clients, site managers etc.

  • You can easily generate and edit a custom pre-qualification questionnaire
  • Assign individual log-ins for each contractor to complete the questionnaire
  • All responses and evidence is stored online for instant access anywhere
  • Monitor expiry dates - the system will then alert you when evidence needs renewing.
  • Produce with one click a PDF report of a contractor's progress towards approval
  • Create a formal agreement with each contractor

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I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?

If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.

Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.

Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.

To download and install Open Office;

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    • Windows Only:When the program has downloaded, click Install and wait for the program to install.
    • MAC OSX Only:When the program has downloaded, a notification box will pop up with an arrow from the Open Office Icon to the Applications Folder in Finder, drag the icon to the Applications folder to install the program.
  3. You are now ready to use Open Office, and the documents you have purchased from us.