Training News

  • Industrial Machinery News
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    2 One Day Training Academies at Multi-Hire, Shot-Blasting and Floor Stripping

    If you know pretty much everything there is to know about your job, then either your job’s so boring that you bitterly regret not trying harder at school, or you’re just about ready to retire! The fact is that in this fast-moving world knowledge is your greatest drawback or competitive advantage, depending on how much you have. Customers feel safe when they’re in the hands of someone who knows what he or she is talking…

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  • FeRFA – New Apprenticeships start 22-23 March – Last chance to enrol

    FeRFA will be starting new Apprenticeships in Resin Flooring, Screeding and Surface Preparation on 22 & 23 March at the Ibis Rugby East.  The two-year schemes all lead to an NVQ Level 2 Diploma and the scheme is fully grant funded for CITB registered employers and the grant of over £8,000 is available. The cost of the scheme is £6,000 per candidate payable over two years. The current CITB funding for specialist apprenticeship schemes is…

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  • New marketing training programme is a recipe for fearless marketing

    Ooba Creative, marketing and creative consultants in the Thames Valley, UK have launched their new “Marketing Mastery” programme – a completely new approach in marketing learning to deliver Fearless Marketing for the region’s entrepreneurs and SMEs. “Being an entrepreneur and running a business seems to be more popular than ever. However, I have always been astounded about just how little clients actually know about business and marketing.”, enthused Adam Clark, Ooba’s Managing Director, “There are…

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  • Northumberland College has launched a new Apprenticeship Academy and welcomed its 1,000th Apprentice

    Northumberland College has recently launched its new Apprenticeship Academy that will focus on meeting the needs of Apprentices and their employers. This new Academy sees Apprenticeship Support Officers and Assessors for all subjects working more closely together. Susan Goldstein, Director of the Apprenticeship Academy said: “Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for employers to recruit and further develop staff with the skills and expertise needed for their organisation’s success.” “For individuals, regardless of their age or…

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    Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and Soft Skills

    For a long time now leadership skills have been bandied about as being essential for the Construction industry to progress. Back in 1998 Sir John Egan reported that ‘The industry must provide decent and safe working conditions and improve management and supervisory skills at all levels’. 10 years later the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) published their ‘Leadership in the Construction Industry’ report which also highlighted that leadership is more than just deploying “the so-called Hard…

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  • Northumberland Career College’s first cohort of students make promising start

    Launched in September, Northumberland Career College is a new innovative learning model for 14 to 19 year-olds that combines academic studies with practical learning and work experience. Career Colleges are a national initiative conceived by former Education Secretary, Lord Baker, who passionately believes that high quality technical, practical and vocational training should be offered to students from age 14. The new Career College joins a network around the country, specialising in a variety of industries.…

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    Save The Date for The Flooring Show 2017

    Returning for the 55th year, The Flooring Show 2017 will run across three days, from 17th to 19th September 2017, so make sure you save the dates for the UK’s largest, trade only Flooring Show! With over 150 of the industries leading brands already signed up to exhibit and a large range of product categories suitable for all sectors, this year’s show is looking to be bigger and better than ever. Exhibits will be displaying…

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  •  Bringing Offsite Construction to Life – Explore Offsite at Ecobuild Masterclasses

    A ground-breaking exhibition of offsite construction solutions, the largest of its kind ever seen in the UK, will be a key component of Ecobuild 2017. Forward-thinking companies that are making the most of the opportunities provided by offsite construction are relishing the chance to demonstrate their technology within Explore Offsite at Ecobuild. Taking place alongside the exhibition, Explore Offsite at Ecobuild masterclasses will provide a platform to learn about the latest in offsite technology developments…

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  • Skill Shortages Affecting Over Half Of London Firms

    Over two-fifths of small businesses face challenges recruiting the right staff, according to Aldermore’s latest SME report. Among the 1,000 SMEs surveyed, 55% of firms in London and the South East have experienced skill shortages compared with 36% in the East Midlands. Businesses in the construction sector face the biggest challenge, with 61% currently facing difficulties recruiting workers.  With the UK preparing to trigger article 50, 22% of respondents said that Brexit will have a…

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  • Lack Of Clarity On Apprenticeship Levy Among Businesses

    39% of business owners still have no understanding of the forthcoming apprenticeship levy, according to research by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). 30% of the 1600 medium-sized businesses (employ between 50-249 employees) surveyed will have to pay a levy of 0.5% on their annual pay bill (of over £3 million) when it comes into force from April 2017. 26% expect to recover all or more of their levy payment. Further findings: 51% are unsure…

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    What’s on the Weber training agenda at the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy

    At the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy in Flitwick, Bedfordshire, Weber’s training programmes embrace all categories in the company’s diverse product range. This includes External Wall Insulation (EWI), monocouche through-coloured renders, tile fixing, technical mortars and flooring systems. Courses can be designed to meet product-specific requirements, or to suit different levels of experience and skills. Many one-day courses follow pre-determined content and are available on scheduled dates throughout the year.  “We understand how important training is for the…

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  • Adhesives News
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    Everbuild – A Sika Company Sponsor The Quick Step Academy

    Everbuild Building Products Ltd – A Sika Company are thrilled to announce that they will now be sponsoring the Quick Step Academy and supporting their ongoing pursuits. In February 2015, Everbuild – A Sika Company became the exclusive distributor of the Schönox brand, a name that is synonymous with quality products for the building and renovation industry. These quality products are to be used within the Quick-Step Academy and have already received positive feedback. The…

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    Flooring Apprenticeship hits the ground running

    CP Assessments successfully launched its flooring apprenticeship last week, welcoming six newcomers to the flooring trade, who all successfully completed the first week of the apprenticeship. The first week involved health and safety, sub-floor preparation and completing a CSCS touch screen test to enable the apprentices to work on-site. The apprenticeship was supported by Ardex who sent technical representative Darren Robinson to help deliver the training and give insight into the Ardex product range. Darren…

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    Flooring Assessments Apprenticeship Ready for Lift off

    Flooring Assessments are set to launch their newest apprenticeship this July. Apprentices attending the Flooring Assessments Training Centre in Doncaster will receive training on installing different types of floor coverings and will receive an NVQ Level 2 on successful completion of the Apprenticeship. Flooring Assessments Director Dave Brown says “We are excited to start the Apprenticeship at Flooring Assessments and we’re looking forward to helping the Apprentices discover their potential. We believe we can help…

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    Free tool kits for Apprentices extended to July 2015

    Flooring Assessments are extending their offer of a free tool kit to every apprentice signed up before the 1st July 2015. To celebrate opening their new training centre in Doncaster, Flooring Assessments will be donating tool kits worth over £250 to every apprentice signed up before July 2015. Flooring Assessments trainer Daniel Fairhurst says: “We want to give our apprentices the best start possible in their floor laying careers and this will really help them from…

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    Flooring Assessments now delivering apprenticeships in Doncaster

    Flooring Assessments are about to embark on its next chapter, delivering training to apprentices in its new centre in Doncaster. Founder of Flooring Assessments Dave Brown says “We are proud to announce we will now be delivering apprenticeships at our new training centre in Doncaster. We have already received great support from employers and manufactures and believe we are going to give employers an excellent opportunity for their companies. Apprentices are the future of our trade…

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    Academy for excellence in flooring powers up the Flooring Show

    The Academy for Excellence in Flooring powered up the Flooring Show as it revealed its new identity and courses tuned to commercial and residential installers alike. More than just a new name and logo, the changes at the Academy revealed at the show underline the training and development centre’s ambition to become the premier learning facility in the flooring industry, with the Quick-Step Master Installer and Pergo Master Pro Installer badges taking pride of place.…

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    The masterstroke of being a Master Installer

    Gaining a competitive advantage and realising a new customer base are ambitions for any company and with the Quick-Step Master Installer badge these become a reality. Having passed the intensive three-day Master Installer course in either hardwood and laminate, or LIVYN luxury vinyl, installers unlock a range of advantages that are the exclusive reserve of Master Installers. Cited as a proven way to unlock new business by existing Master Installers, each successful wood and laminate…

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    BAL boost for Bootle YMCA

    BAL has helped to give a face-lift to a thriving community hub on Merseyside. The YMCA in Bootle has long been the focal point for a wide range of local activities, from sports and social groups for all ages to the annual fireworks. Now, students from the nearby Hugh Baird College have given the YMCA’s Park Street home a new look, with the assistance of the leading name in tile adhesives and grouts. Lecturer John…

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    Uptake on the up for 2014 at the Quick-Step Academy

    As wood, laminate and LVT installers look for a competitive edge for 2014, the Quick-Step Academy for Excellence in Flooring has reported an excellent uptake in courses over the beginning of the year. With record numbers signing up to become a Master Installer and Foundation level courses filling fast, the Academy is busier than ever and with lower prices for 2014, places for future courses are already being taken by industry professionals wanting to gain…

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    A master installation for House Beautiful at the Ideal Home Show

    Quick-Step Master Installer, Martin Sands of Kileys Carpets, Eastbourne, has been called in to help House Beautiful magazine put the finishing touches to its Multi-Generation Home, a major exhibit at this year’s Ideal Home Show. Quick-Step laminate flooring has been used throughout the showcase of modern interior design and so it was only fitting that a Master Installer ensured that the floor was fitted to the highest standard possible. Although not necessary for the temporary…

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    Laying solid foundations for a stable business

    The statement rings true “good foundations provide stability.” It is a well-known fact that good foundations are vital in the construction industry; and they are of equal importance to businesses in the flooring industry. Providing the right training for employees can be extremely beneficial, not just in the short term but for years to come. Just as there are correct processes to follow when laying flooring to achieve a great and long-lasting finish, training staff…

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    Industry training online from the WoolSafe Academy

    In line with the WoolSafe Organisation’s business ethos to provide widely accessible and useful information free of charge to consumers and retailers alike, the WoolSafe Academy website has been developed as a valuable resource of advice and training for those involved in carpet care. The online WoolSafe Academy is comprehensive, easy to use and provides a wealth of helpful material for carpet care professionals. Details of WoolSafe training courses are listed and include nationwide classroom…

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    LIVYN Courses well underway at the Quick-Step Academy

    Flooring installers are already benefitting from the experience and knowledge gained from new LIVYN Foundation and Master Installer courses at the Quick-Step Academy. Since the announcement of the new LIVYN luxury vinyl addition to the Quick Step family, installers have been flocking to sign up for the course that offers a new benchmark of excellence in luxury vinyl floor fitting. Not only has Quick Step set the bar of excellence in product design and quality,…

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  • Laminate Flooring News
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    Join the elite ranks of the Quick-Step Master Flooring Installers

    Resulting in an accreditation from the largest flooring manufacturer in the world, eligibility to join the government-backed TrustMark scheme and one year’s free membership to the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF), the Master Installer course from the Quick-Step Academy undoubtedly offers some of the best industry rewards. The incredibly comprehensive three-day course builds upon existing knowledge of evaluations, screeds and adhesives as well as the technicalities of intricate fittings. Designed for professionals with…

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  • CITB AWARD FOR FeRFA GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS

    FeRFA, the Resin Flooring Association, has received an award for two of its technical guidance documents. Presented by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) the Growth Fund Recognition Award was given for FeRFA’s best practice guidance on Measuring and Managing the Level of Slip Resistance provided by Resin Floors and Static Controlled Flooring. Slip resistant and static dissipative systems are a highly specialist area of resin flooring in terms of technical and skill of application,…

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    The Quick-Step Academy: The more you know, the more you can grow

    The more you know, the more you can grow – Quick-Step Academy

    The Master Installer programme at the Quick-Step Academy has cemented the training centre’s reputation as the number one destination for installers looking to expand their skillset and reap the rewards that come with being accredited by one of the largest flooring manufacturers in the world. Providing exceptional value for money, the intensive three-day Master Installer course has proved a worthwhile investment for many fitters, with numerous trainees reporting a direct increase in sales after completing…

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  • Flooring Headlines
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    Employers to design own apprenticeships scheme

    Employers will be able to design and develop their own apprenticeship standards and qualifications, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced. The decision follows last year’s review by entrepreneur Doug Richard, which found apprenticeships should be more focused on the needs of employers in order to encourage take-up, address skill shortages and boost growth. Nick Clegg said that apprenticeships were ‘at the heart’ of the Government’s drive for a stronger economy. “Most employers say that…

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  • Free NICF Membership for Quick-Step Master Installers

    The Quick-Step Academy for Excellence in Flooring has partnered with the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF) to offer all Master Installers a year’s free membership to the industry-wide body. Formed in 1979, the NICF is active in promoting the flooring industry and is recognised by many end users as a reputable source of highly experienced and professional flooring installers. Quick-Step Master Installers can now benefit from the advantages of NICF membership and will…

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  • The Floor Inspector’s Educational Guild – DOING It Again!

    In our efforts as a non-profit organization to bring only the best in advanced flooring education, the Guild is going to offer a unique opportunity. We have acquired the educational services of Mr. Noah Chitty. Mr. Chitty is the former Laboratory Director at the (Ceramic) Tile Council of America (TCNA). Mr. Chitty has a Masters Degree in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University. What is the price of this class? Well, besides having the former Laboratory…

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  • Breaking Flooring News
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    BAL – CPD Seminars have RIBA approval

    BAL is offering architects a comprehensive family of seminars, all approved by RIBA as contributing to their annual Continual Professional Development (CPD) study requirement. Each 45-minute seminar gives detailed coverage of a particular aspect of tiling. All can be booked at www.bal-adhesives.com/specifiers/cpdSeminars. The seminars all use real projects for illustration of challenges and solutions. There is a detailed consideration of sustainability and environmental factors in each seminar, alongside thorough coverage of all relevant British and…

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  • Government Consults On ‘Traineeship’ Scheme For Young Adults

    School-leavers could be offered a support and skills programme to better equip them for the job market, under plans announced by the Government. Skills minister Matthew Hancock said the ‘traineeship’ programme could be a crucial stepping stone to an apprenticeship or other opportunities in a competitive market of experienced adults. Aimed at 16-24 year olds, the programme would launch later in the year and offer work placements alongside support – including studies in English and…

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    Successful Year for Bostik CPD Course

    Successful Year for Bostik CPD Course

    Bostik is looking to 2013 after a successful year for its popular Continuing Professional Development course on “Specifying Products to Combat Moisture in Subfloors”. The course has been approved by RIBA and counts towards the association’s CPD programme, making it ideal for architects and others involved in specification who are looking to keep abreast of key issues and product developments in the flooring industry. Important issues covered during the one hour seminar include industry codes…

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  • The Floor Inspectors Educational Guild

    The Flooring Inspectors’ Educational Guild is a Non-Profit Corporation registered in the State of South Carolina subject to all laws and tax codes. Each year thousands of dollars are spent on claims. Some are justified, and some are not justified. Many claims are not diagnosed correctly or there is confusion from a lack of understanding of the many variables that should be factored into the evaluations so the inspector can render a Differential Diagnosis of the…

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    Reap the rewards of becoming a Quick-Step Master Installer

    Reap the rewards of becoming a Quick-Step Master Installer

    Quick-Step Master Installer Fitters who have completed the comprehensive courses offered by the Quick-Step Academy are reaping the rewards of being registered with one of the premier flooring companies in the world at a time when homeowners are demanding only the best tradesmen. Places on the Academy’s courses are filling up fast, as more and more fitters are recognising the benefits of becoming a Quick-Step approved tradesperson. As Darren Robinson, training manager, Quick-Step Academy explains,…

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  • Breaking Flooring News
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    Academy celebrates first TrustMark Installer – Quick-Step Academy

    The Quick-Step Academy is celebrating its first ever Master Installer to become TrustMark accredited after rigorous independent inspection and testing in accordance with government-validated standards of workmanship. The TrustMark scheme is the only government endorsement available for tradesmen, with a dedicated consumer website allowing consumers to search for approved workmen. The website has received over 2.5million total hits in the first 8 months of 2012, with 29,533 searches specifically for floorcovering installers, and The Quick-Step…

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  • Carpet and Rug News
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    Training flexibility with the WoolSafe Academy

    Professional cleaners and carpet care specialists who want to further their knowledge without sacrificing precious time are encouraged to enroll with the brand new online training centre from the WoolSafe Organisation. Launched in October, the cutting-edge WoolSafe Academy provides comprehensive training courses that offer the ultimate in flexibility. As Steve Bakker, marketing manager of the WoolSafe Organisation explains, “At WoolSafe we recognise that professional cleaners are incredibly busy, with limited time to spend on full-day…

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  • Start-Up Loan Scheme To Help Young Entrepreneurs

    A new Government start-up scheme is set to launch up to 30,000 young entrepreneurs towards starting their own companies. The Start-Up Loans scheme is offering business finance and support from experienced mentors to young people in a bid to ‘inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs’. The first wave of money from the £83.5 million scheme is now open to applications in which aspiring entrepreneurs aged 18-24 can bid for up to £2,500 to help get…

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  • Flooring News
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    Make your mark with Quick-Step Academy

    Quick-Step Academy underlined the importance of its courses at this year’s Flooring Show in Harrogate, while the government-endorsed scheme of which it is a member, Trustmark, revealed website search figures of over 25,000 for flooring installers since January 2012. The only Government endorsed scheme of its kind in the UK, Trustmark covers everything from aerial installers through to tree surgeons, providing consumers with a source of high quality reliable and trustworthy tradespeople that are independently…

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  • Code of Practice for the design and installation of internal flooring

    A new, updated Code of Practice for the design and installation of internal flooring has just been published by Stone Federation Great Britain. It is based on the key parts of a number of different British Standards that have a relevance to natural stone flooring and it incorporates the latest European standards. The Code sets out the principal factors involved when deciding to use natural stone flooring including stone selection, design, laying and protection and…

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  • Floor Inspectors’ Educational Guild presents its Eight Class

    This class, to be held in Historic Charleston, SC once again, is one of the best yet in its diversity. Dr. Roberto Nunez will teach his one day seminar, “Concrete on Grade” Class that is usually taught on the North Carolina State University’s Campus each Spring. Dr. Nunez, P.E., MBA, is a Lecturer of Civil Engineering and a Senior Construction Extension Specialist with the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at NCSU. He is…

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  • Flooring News
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    John Lord Training Keeps Us Top of the Class

    Apprentices Learn About Substrate Preparation Here at John Lord Specialist Flooring we recognise that training is very important to maintaining the exceptionally high standards of our businesses and for the growth of our company in the future. Our in house training plans supplemented with training courses provided by the Resin Flooring Association (FeRFA) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) ensures that our personnel have all the latest knowledge and skills required. Training programmes include:…

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  • Training News
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    BAL new training course marks 20 years of tiling training

    Building Adhesives Limited has marked its 20th anniversary of training professional tilers with the launch of a new course on tiling with natural stone. The one-day masterclass is aimed at experienced fixers needing more specialised knowledge and skills, or a refresher course, in this increasingly popular area. BAL training has benefited several thousand tilers, at all levels, since the first course was delivered at Stoke on Trent in 1992. The course, like all BAL training,…

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