All change at Fita training centre
Shaun Wadsworth, training manager, CFA
BACK in July I had the great pleasure of inviting the wider flooring industry to visit the newly refurbished Fita training centre at Loughborough. On starting my role as training manager for CFA and Fita it was clear the main objective for the centre was to have a look and feel that reflected the excellent training and guidance that is delivered there on a weekly basis.
I went to work on planning the transformation along with the expert help of Fita’s chief instructor Steve Ramsden.
We had some great ideas for the centre, and it was fantastic to see the change in the centre in such a short period of time. The Fita sponsors were excellent as always, they all bought into the vision I imagined for Fita, which gave them the opportunity to update their advertisement from within the centre through new banners and digital display screens.
The refurbishment also gave the opportunity to update the product library and candidate sponsor packs for completing courses too ensuring all candidates leave with up-to-date info on products, tools and materials.
Sponsors were also more than happy to help us fit new flooring throughout the centre as well which was expertly fitted by NICF master-fitters to give the centre a new lease-of-life.
Once it was complete, we needed to show it off of course and so we decided on the Fita open day! We had a great turn out of commercial and domestic fitters from as far away as Scotland all descending to Loughborough to meet with sponsor representatives and other fitters to talk shop. We had UK and European carpet fitter of the year winners providing demonstrations on a range of floorlaying techniques taken direct from Fita courses. There was lots of participation from the crowd and a real have-a-go attitude, sparking some great starting points for CPD and I imagine a few tool and material orders as well!
The turnout was tremendous and the opportunity to arrange an informal but professional environment for floorlayers and manufacturers alike to meet and share information made it quite clear there is scope to have this type of event at Fita every year.
As well as preparing the refurbishing of the centre, another addition to Fita in recent months is the newly published Fita prospectus which was included in last month’s issue of CFJ. It’s been another great year for Fita regarding training with even more candidates passing through the doors to take part in one of our 26 courses.
Courses provided range from one-day workshops to four-day intense courses designed at delivering content at a variation of entry levels. The prospectus is clearly colour-coded to give an easy-to-read outline of what courses are aimed at domestic and commercial fitters with some even covering both. Each course details what will be covered over the duration and if there are any entry level requirements.
As a training organisation we really try our best to offer the right training at the correct time for anyone who wants to learn, as it states in the new prospectus:
On every training course, you’ll always hear our instructors talk about the ‘Fita way’. It’s our philosophy — it’s our mantra. Following British Standards and current industry best practices, utilising the latest products, tools and techniques, we believe our method of teaching gives you the best opportunity to learn new skills, develop existing ones, improve your confidence, gain a competitive edge and invest in your future. Whether you’re just starting out or you need additional training to go that one step further, our training courses (aimed at the domestic and commercial markets), are taught by seasoned professionals with specialist knowledge of the ﬂooring industry. They’ll enjoy teaching you the ‘Fita Way’.
The prospectus also outlines assessment opportunities available for anyone looking to gain a formal qualification in floorlaying. This can be beneficial to all in the trade whether it be to better promote your business, win work or help in gaining access to sites through a skilled worker CSCS card. We have assessors that work nationwide and can work around busy schedules to ensure the correct evidence is collated to prove competency.
So, all in all, the past three months has seen Fita really push onto the next level, from engaging more on social media and the way we connect with floorlayers right through to how the centre looks and the content that’s delivered. But don’t think we’re now putting up our feet.
The next year at Fita will be an exciting one, more courses to work on, greater working relationships with manufacturers and installers and better opportunities to deliver training to the wider industry.
To keep on top of what is happening at Fita, pick up a copy of our prospectus, follow us on social media, visit our website or for more personalised course information or you can call the office and make an enquiry there.