The value of training

Shaun Wadsworth introduces the 2019 Contract Flooring Industry Training Guide and explains what’s included.

AS you may have seen, within this month’s copy of the CFJ is the CFA’s 2019 Contract Flooring Industry Training Guide. This guide provides a comprehensive reference point for helping with reviewing company training needs covering all areas of training in the flooring sector.

If you’d like more hard copies for yourself, colleagues or staff then they’re available from the CFA on request. The guide is also available online at or as a download at

As in previous years the content covers core training areas such as floorlaying apprenticeships (both framework apprenticeships and trailblazer apprenticeships), NVQs and the comprehensive list of one- to four-day courses offered by the Flooring Industry Training Association (Fita) for the commercial and domestic markets.

This includes training courses from subfloor preparation to installation of vinyl sheet and tile, linoleum, laminate, solid wood, sanding and finishing and all areas of carpet fitting, including naturals and borders. Workshops are also available in bullnoses, joins, stairs and stretching, as well as bespoke courses tailored to your exact training needs, see for details.

What else is covered?

There’s a wide range of other training-related information available in the guide including the following topics:

  • Courses provided by manufacturers
  • More than 26 manufacturers listing over 60 specialist training courses;

Grants and funding for training
There are various sources of grants, funding and free training available to support employers through government funding and organisations such as the CITB. The contact details of the key organisations are provided in this section and their advice and signposting may also include grants for investing in business improvements and bespoke training opportunities.

CSCS cards
Explaining the application process for a CSCS card including what type of card you can apply for based on the qualification(s) you hold.

Build UK training standard
This standard was designed in consultation with the construction leadership council and is a key driver for the removal of the CRO CSCS card; the content explains the training, qualification and CSCS card requirements (including partner schemes) for working on construction sites operated by Build UK members

Health and safety training
To support floorlaying companies in complying with the Build UK training standard, we’ve listed CITB training courses which will meet manager’s and supervisor’s needs and may attract attendance grants if you’re in-scope to CITB.

Careers and recruitment - Go Construct and construction ambassadors
For those of you looking at recruiting future employees, providing work experience or alternatively, if you want to use your previous skills, knowledge and time to put something back into the industry, you could consider becoming a construction ambassador for our sector. There are details included of these two related careers resources, which can make a real impact on the quality and quantity of people joining the sector. See

CFA/CFJ Flooring Apprentice of the Year
The annual competition promotes the importance of apprenticeships and is sponsored by leading manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, CFJ and CFA. All are committed to supporting training and development of a highly skilled and competent workforce.

Fita sponsorship opportunities
The content covers the benefits of sponsoring training at Fita and how this can have a positive effect on your business and on the trade as a whole.

Hopefully this gives everyone an overview of the content in this year’s training guide, which provides plenty of information about potential areas of interest. If you’d like to discuss the guide’s content, contact me on the details below details.
M: 07554 015215
0115 9411126
Shaun Wadsworth is CFA training manager