Based in Coalville, Schlüter-Systems’ Innovation Workshops have proved so popular that one group of tilers arranged their very own roadtrip via Twitter, with some travelling from as far as Orkney to complete all four workshops in just two days.
Arranging their trip via #Tilersontour on the popular social networking site, the group of tilers were brought together through recommendations from others who had already taken advantage of the Schlüter workshops. Organiser Stewart Nisbet from SPM Design, Dumfermline explained more:
“I was familiar with Schlüter products and had installed them on previous projects, however, like all good tilers, I wanted to ensure my skills were still up to scratch and nothing beats getting to grips with products first hand. So, when I discovered that Schlüter-Systems Ltd were running workshops I was really keen to attend.
“I began using Twitter to approach a number of other tilers and the idea of attending soon grew into a full blown roadtrip, with three of us travelling from Fife and Orkney, two from Manchester and one from Co.Armagh. With such a distance to travel to the Leicestershire-based workshops we approached Schlüter to ask if it would be possible to accommodate all four workshops into a two day programme. Thankfully they were more than willing to accommodate and their assistance in helping us arrange various aspects of our trip was invaluable.”
Usually structured as one day workshops, Schlüter accommodated the tilers by combining, but by no means taking away, the key aspects of our workshops into a two day programme. Held at their head office in Leicestershire each workshop focuses on detailed practical ‘hands-on’ training for tile specialists, with each focusing on a different key area: Substrate Preparation, Shower and Wetroom Installation, Exterior Installations on Balconies and Terraces and Modular Screeds and Underfloor Heating.
Stewart added, “The workshops exceeded all my expectations and brought me right up to speed with the products. The whole group couldn’t praise Schlüter-Systems Ltd highly enough, not only for their workshops, but also on their care and hospitality in accommodating all our needs.”
Ian Knifton, Divisional Manager comments, “We are thrilled that the reputation of the Innovation Workshops has reached the medium of social media and, even better, resulted in bringing together tilers from across the country. It just goes to show that the confidence in Schlüter’s training is so high that tilers will travel a great distance to ensure they possess the necessary skills to keep their installations at a high standard.”
Installers have been quick to recognise the benefits of attending, with the first quarter of 2013 already booked up and more dates being added throughout the year to meet demand. Attendees to the workshops will also become certificated by Schlüter-Systems for a period of two years. Once this period has elapsed they will be encouraged to attend a refresher course before being issued with further certification.
By maintaining a list of those installers who have completed each course, Schlüter-Systems will also be able to point prospective customers in the direction of those its know can handle their particular requirements. This will result in the successful installation of Schlüter-Systems products which in turn will safeguard the long-term integrity of the end-user’s installations.
For further information on the Innovation Workshops and benefit packages, please register at www.trainedwithschluter.co.uk or telephone 01530 813396 and speak to the Training Department.