The ultimate guide to the guide

Shaun Wadsworth, training manager, CFA.

FIRST and foremost, Happy New Year! Kicking the new year off in typical fashion, I’m pleased to inform CFJ readers that included in this month’s copy of the CFJ is the CFA 2020 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’re 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 (covering Scottish modern apprenticeships as well as framework apprenticeship’s and trailblazer apprenticeships in England) with lots of information on the funding available 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 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, visit the new Fita website at for more details.
But wait, there’s 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’s a huge list of manufacturers’ training opportunities listing 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.

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 in 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 need.

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’ve listed CITB training courses which will meet manager’s and supervisor’s needs and may attract attendance grants if you are in-scope to CITB.

Struggling with recruitment? 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, we have information on the projects currently available including Go Construct and Construction Ambassadors. You could consider becoming an Ambassador for our sector.

Do you have some outstanding apprentices? The annual CFA/CFJ Flooring Apprentice of the year competition returns for 2020. 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? Feel free to get in touch – I’d be happy to help.
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