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How we’re meeting the demand for training

With training centres in Loughborough and Kirkcaldy, FITA has your flooring training needs covered, says Shaun Wadsworth.

FITA is delighted to announce that our brand new prospectus for the 2022-23 training year is now live in both digital and hard copy versions listing all of our exciting training opportunities in England and Scotland.

It’s safe to say the demand for training within the industry has increased dramatically over the past 12 months seeing the FITA training centre in Loughborough as busy as it has ever been. Couple that with the fact we have been delivering apprenticeship at FITA for over a year and it creates a fantastic picture of how industry has embraced training post pandemic.

The FITA training centre in Kirkcaldy Scotland also reopened in April this year seeing us returning to offering our vast range of courses from two dedicated training locations. It’s been great to see industry support FITA as the only not-for-profit training organisation in the UK and we hope this continues into 2023.

The new FITA prospectus for 2022-23 is packed full of information surrounding our wide range of flooring training courses provided ranging from one-day workshops to four-day intensive courses designed to deliver content at a variety 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. This includes key information on the skills, knowedge, and behaviours that are covered during the training course. We believe that outlining the key criteria that a delegate will take away with them is much more effective than simply listing topics that will be covered with little context.

On every training course, you will always hear our instructors talk about the ‘FITA Way’. 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 gain experience, learn new skills, develop existing ones, improve your confidence, gain a competitive edge and invest in your future. Whether you are just starting out or you need additional training to go that one step further, our training courses (aimed at both the domestic and commercial markets), are taught by seasoned professionals with specialist knowledge of the flooring industry. They will enjoy teaching you the ‘FITA Way’.

The prospectus also outlines opportunities available for anyone looking to gain a formal qualification in floorlaying, regardless of their age or skill level. FITA now delivers the L2 Floorlayer Apprenticeship Standard alongside our delivery partners Webs Training Ltd, offering a direct route into a trade that is crying out for the next generation of floorlayer. With funding available to most apprentices, regardless of their age, and dedicated high quality training backed by both CFA and NICF, FITA is aiming to set the gold standard of apprenticeship delivery.

If you are a skilled floorlayer looking to gain an NVQ, then FITA can help there too. We offer a formal assessment process leading to a L2 NVQ in floorcovering occupations, assessed in situ without the need to attend off the job training.

The only reason we are able consistently to bring training to the industry is down to the support from not only our co-founders, the Contract Flooring Association (CFA) and the National Institute for Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF), but also thanks to our expansive sponsors’ network, who openly support the training we deliver, and our fantastic bank of training consultants who give up time out of their own businesses to help the industry grow.

The prospectus is available in many forms. You can visit www.fita.co.uk to read on the FITA website, contact us direct to send you a hard copy or read it direct from the CFJ website homepage.

Interested in training your workforce? Get in touch and I would be happy to discuss all options.
0115 9506836
Shaun Wadsworth is CFA & FITA
training manager

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