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FeRFA Applauds Apprentices

ANOTHER group of 20 resin flooring apprentices trained through FeRFA have qualified for NVQ and SVQ level 2 diplomas.
Sixteen of the successful candidates attended the FeRFA awards dinner just before Christmas where they were presented with their certificates by Mike Bialyj, (pictured above) the CITB employer services director.
Mr Bialyj congratulated them on their achievements, acknowledging the commitment required from both the employer and apprentice trainee over the two year course.
He also applauded the progress FeRFA had made working with the CITB to develop the qualifications and then to run the apprenticeship schemes for the NVQ level 2 in resin flooring and surface preparation.
Since the pilot scheme in 2007, FeRFA had supported 52 learners through the two-year programme, with a further 37 learners currently on the schemes.
FeRFA is running a pilot apprenticeship scheme for screeding in 2014, again with the support and funding from the CITB.
The following were at the ceremony to receive their awards: Kieran Docherty and Gordon Monteith (Industrial Floor Treatments); Mathew Singleton, Tim Steadman and Charlie Stephenson (John Lord & Sons); Dean Myers (Polydeck); John Clarey and John Forster (Reprotec); Craig Hussey and Ben Warne (Ryebrook Resins); Hayden James (Top Team); Stewart Reid, Kieron Taney and Robert Wilson (Veitchi Industrial Flooring); Keelan Draper (Zircon) and Andy Featherstone, self-employed.
Also qualifying this year but unable to attend were: James Cousins and David Malton (Nottingham Industrial Flooring), Graeme Stewart (Industrial Flooring Treatments) and Lee Campbell (Zircon Flooring).
Those from Industrial Flooring Treatments and Veitchi, who are based in Scotland, all qualified for the SVQ Level 2. John Clarey of Reprotec qualified for the NVQ level 2 in Surface Preparation. All the others received their NVQ Level 2 In Situ Resin Flooring.
Helen McGachie, ceo of FeRFA, describes training as ‘an excellent way to share best practice, knowledge and skills which in turn raises quality standards within the resin flooring sector.
‘Apprenticeship courses attract newcomers to the industry, introduce new skills and move the industry forward, to give clients confidence that they are dealing with a trained and qualified workforce.’
Resin flooring and surface preparation are highly specialist occupations and the FeRFA apprenticeship schemes offer a training route to acquire knowledge and skills to achieve the NVQ Level 2 Diploma.
The FeRFA apprenticeship schemes heavily rely on the support of resin flooring manufacturers who provide materials and facilities at no cost, and to VI Distribution for providing free of charge personal protective equipment for all the apprentice groups.
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