An insider’s tour of the Training Guide

Shaun introduces the 2021 Contract Flooring Industry Training Guide and takes a closer look at what it includes.

FIRST and foremost, happy new year, I’m probably not the only one happy to see the back of 2020! Starting the new year in familiar fashion I’m pleased to inform CFJ readers that included in this month’s copy of CFJ is the CFA 2021 Contract Flooring Industry Training Guide.

This guide provides a full and comprehensive reference point for employers with training needs, covering all areas within the flooring sector. We are more than happy to also send out additional copies for yourself, colleagues or staff if required, please just get in touch using the information at the bottom of this article. The guide is also available online at or as a download at

As in the previous Training Guide, this year’s content covers core training areas such as Floorlaying Apprenticeships. This includes key information, funding and recruitment help for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and how to access it. You can find information on NVQs for experienced workers and where to access them and there is also the comprehensive list of 1 – 4 day courses offered by the Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) for both the commercial and domestic markets.

FITA, as you may or may not be aware, is backed by the Contract Flooring Association and the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers and  training courses range 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. One-day workshops are also available in Bullnoses, Joins, Stairs and Stretching, as well as bespoke courses tailored to your exact training needs, please visit the FITA website at for more details.
But wait, there is more!

The Training Guide is also a great source of a wider range of training related information including the following topics:

Looking for additional training?
There is a huge list of manufacturers’ training opportunities in the training guide, with over 60 specialist training courses including contact information.

Need some help funding training?
There are various sources of grants, funding and free training available to support employers through manufacturers, government funding and organisations such as CITB. All contact details of the key businesses and organisations are provided in this section including information, advice and guidance on funding and grants for help in business improvements and bespoke training opportunities.

Require an NVQ?
The guide boasts an extensive list of all training providers and contact details of those that offer the right qualifications within the flooring industry for your needs. This also saves you time in scouting around for the information yourself.

Need a carded workforce?
We have all the information you need with detailed explanation on the application process for a CSCS card including what type of card you can apply for, based on the qualification(s) you hold.

Want to know more about Build UK’s Training Standard – This standard was designed in consultation with the Construction Leadership Council. The Training Standard content explains the training, qualification and CSCS Card requirements (including partner schemes) for working on construction sites operated by Build UK members.

Want to organise some health and safety training?
To actively support floorlaying companies in complying with the Build UK Training Standard, we have listed CITB training courses which will meet managers’ and supervisors’ needs and may attract attendance grants if you are in-scope to CITB.

Struggling with recruitment?
For those of you who are 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; we have information on all of the projects currently available including Go Construct, Construction Ambassadors and CLC Talent Retention Scheme.

Do you have some outstanding apprentices?
The annual CFA/CFJ Flooring Apprentice of the Year competition returns for 2021. This 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. Read all about last year’s winner and find out how to enter your own apprentices.

Looking to invest or support training in the industry?  
Find out the vast range of benefits your business could receive by becoming one of FITA’s sponsors. Sponsors play a huge part in the training delivered at FITA and it shows just how much manufacturers want to see training delivered the right way. There are also great chances for exposure of brands through the sponsorship.

Hopefully, this gives everyone an overview of the content in this year’s Training Guide and provides plenty of information about potential areas of interest. Got a question regarding something in the guide? Do you want to be included in the guide next year? Or just have a training enquiry in general? Please feel free to get in touch I would be happy to help.
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