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TTA Awards 2018 – Time to start thinking about your nominations!

The Awards categories for 2018 have been reviewed by the Awards Working Group and will now comprise the following…

Excellence in Marketing

Best E-Commerce Website

Excellence in Tile Contracting

Best Domestic Project

Best Heritage Project

Best Commercial Project (Small)

Best Commercial Project (Large)

Best Environmental Initiative

Best Innovation

Wall Tile of the Year

Floor Tile of the Year

Excellence in Supply and Service

Excellence in Retail

Trainee Tile Fixer of the Year

Tile Fixer of the Year

Employee of the Year

 

As in the past few years some categories will be opened up to a public vote, which has been hugely popular and seen some great results.

Criteria for each of the categories will be published on the dedicated Awards Website, and we will be inviting you to submit your nominations shortly.

Train to be an NVQ Assessor

The TTA has secured CITB funding to train eight new NVQ assessors over the next 18 months; providing an assessor infrastructure for the wall and floor tiling sector across the UK which will support quality assured assessment of experienced operatives to NVQ L2. Funding will also be available for NVQ EWPAR/OSAT training, which is designed to help fixers obtain their CSCS cards.

Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA) offers experienced learners a way of achieving a qualification. It is available to very experienced workers who do not require any further tiling training. This assessment method combines the use of witness testimonies, employer endorsement, practical assessment, professional discussion and Q&As.

Having its own NVQ assessors will help the TTA strengthen its training activities and make it easier for companies and independent fixers to access the training support they need.

It is also the intention to promote and support a skilled and qualified workforce, which will stimulate the market and uptake by providing a route to qualification for experienced operatives via on-site assessment.

The capacity to register learners to this programme will be greatly improved by the addition of eight new assessors. TTA will research and identify suitable candidates from within the sector to take on the role of assessor, and will give full support to the assessors both during the training process and throughout the EWPAR/OSAT of experienced operatives.

For more information and to register your interest please email Support@tile.org.uk

 

Dates for your diary … Fixers Dinner – Book your place now!

Join us at the upcoming events…  These are always very popular and we’re happy to take your bookings now…

Call us on 0300 365 8453 or Email info@tile.org.uk

 

Fixer’s Dinner / Networking Event – An opportunity to discuss latest TTA and industry news and network with colleagues.

Friday 13th October

The Jugged Hare, Montcalm Hotel, London

 

Tileman’s Lunch – Always a very popular event so book early to secure your place for this 3 course lunch with wine.

Friday 8th December

Returning to The Grazing Goat, London

CITB Grant Reform Update

Four key changes that will be of interest to members…

Rates for Apprenticeships remain unchanged for 2018  :  The current rates that apply to apprenticeships will remain for the grant year starting on 1st April.  More details here… 

Support for higher Level Apprenticeships commences in September 2017  :  From September 2017, CITB will support higher level apprenticeships. These will be construction-related, in-scope, and relate to training above NVQ level 3.

Specific criteria to evaluate which apprenticeships are eligible will be released by the end of this August.

The grant rates for Higher Level Apprenticeships will be;

  • £1,125 pa (paid in quarterly instalments) for attendance (irrespective of actual number of days spent training off the job)
  • achievement Grant of £3,125

Claiming grant through training plans will stop on 31st March  :  From 1st April 2018 training grants will be paid only for apprenticeships, vocational qualifications and short duration courses that have defined training outcomes.  This means;

  • any training plans started since April 2017 will attract grant only for training carried out up to the 31st March 2018
  • this applies to all training plans that have already started, and any that are still to start
  • you can still submit a training plan grant claim up to 30th June 2018, but only for training completed by 31st March 2018

Many employers find the training plans useful and so may continue to use them, but CITB will not use them to assess grant. Details of how the new training grant scheme payments will work in practice will be communicated later this year.

Supplementary Grant payments will cease from April 2018  :  Supplementary Grant payments have been paid to employers in the past for submitting their Levy return on time. CITB indicated in the consultation events and in a number of other forums their intention to cease paying Supplementary Grant.  This is because it is only supporting a minority of employers and our reforms are designed to reach as wide a pool of employers as possible.

CITB are confirming that they will cease paying Supplementary Grant from the new grant year starting from 1stApril 2018. This includes not paying grant on training that has commenced before this date and is continuing beyond it.

However, where employers have apprentices who have already started before 1st April 2018 and had submitted their Levy Returns on time, CITB will enhance the rates they are paid for those apprentices by 10% until they complete their training. There will be no enhancement for new apprentices who start from 1st April 2018.

Keeping  informed

For more information go to  http://www.citb.co.uk/grant/update-grant-reform/ .

This includes a number of FAQs on the changes and about Grant Reform.

CITB will be running a series of Employer Advisory Forums across Great Britain in the autumn when they will share more detail on the Grant reforms as well as other service improvements. These forums provide a great opportunity to hear about other developments, meet other employers and put your questions to CITB’s subject matter experts.

Membership continues to grow…

Welcoming our newest members, who will now enjoy the many benefits being part of TTA provides…

Retailers…

Eden Clay based in Billericay, Essex

Freelands Tiles  with branches in Bromley and Sevenoaks

Olde English Tiles  in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Real Stone Tiles and Bathrooms in Cheadle, Cheshire

Tiling Contractors…

K N D  Tiling Ltd in Bury

Independent Fixers…

Lloyds Tiling in Rugby

* Don’t forget, when you register with The Tile Association as an Independent Fixer you can obtain your free TTA Registered Fixer ID Card! All you need to do is send us a head and shoulder ‘selfie’ against a block coloured background to admin@tile.org.uk and we will do the rest for you!

** £50 cashback for Independent Fixer members who obtain their PL insurance through our Partners Jelf Small Business

Support Services…

Lucideon Ltd based in Staffordshire

 

To find out more information about joining The Tile Association as an Independent Fixer, please click here where you will be able to download the forms.

If you wish to join The Tile Association as a Retailer, Distributor, Support Service, Freight Operator or Manufacturer, you can print your copy of our membership application form here.

Please just give us a call on 0300 365 8453 or email us at admin@tile.org.uk  if you have any questions.

TTA’s RIBA Approved Technical Publications

THE TTA NOW OFFERS A FULL RANGE OF RIBA-APPROVED CPD MATERIAL FOR TILING SPECIFIERS

The TTA now offers RIBA-approved CPD literature on virtually every subject related to tiling. The whole body of TTA technical publication has now been approved by RIBA and is available for download free-of-charge from the TTA website by registered architects and specifiers.

All the TTA’s Technical Publications and Technical Advisory Notes are produced by members of the TTA’s own Technical Working Groups, in partnership with relevant external bodies. They contain full bibliographies and references to British, European and International Standards.

Architects and specifiers have to carry out CPD training to keep their professional qualifications up-to-date, and the TTA’s ability to offer CPD material is another great service from the Association.

The topics covered by the TTA’s technical documents cover a vast range of subjects and are grouped into five key categories within the architects’ area of the TTA website. The publication groupings are: Ceramic Tiling onto Boards and Sheets; Ceramic Tiling onto Screed Systems; Internal Ceramic Tiling; Slip Resistance of Ceramic Tiling; Tiling of Wet Rooms and Cleaning & Maintenance of Ceramic Tiling. Each of the documents is about 40 pages in length.

Together these now comprise a significant body of material which is RIBA-approved and provides architects and specifiers with the best available information and guidance on a range of general and specific subjects related to tiling.

BUILD UK ACCIDENT SURVEY – CLOSES 1st SEPTEMBER

Levy Paying Members are invited to complete Build UK’s 2017 Accident Survey before 1st September.

 The 2016/17 Build UK Accident Survey is now live and you can submit your accident statistics for the last 12 months from 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017 via the following link: 

Build UK Accident Survey 2016/17

For companies that have not had any accidents over the last 12 months, Build UK still wants to hear from you and the survey will take no more than a minute to complete.  

Funded training opportunities …

CITB recently announced new funding for training for employers with up to 99 employees through their Skills and Training Flexible Fund.     Skills and training funding falls under CITB’s flexible fund, and supports small and micro employers, and specialist federations, with the delivery of training and upskilling.

Applications for up to £10k funding are now open and will remain open until 20 November 2017.  Applications are scored at fixed points in the year.  Scoring points are detailed here.

Find out more and apply by emailing funding@citb.co.uk  Or Members can contact TTA and we will put you in touch with our dedicated advisor at CITB.

In addition TTA have secured funding from CITB to train 8 NVQ Assessors over the next 18 months, with funding also available for the NVQ EWPAR/OSAT training to help you obtain your CSCS cards.   More details to follow…   Please register your interest for this at Support@tile.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Not happy with a tiling job? Find out how we can help

Have you recently had tiles fitted and not happy with the tiling job? Are you wondering what to do? Find out how we can help with our technical inspection service.

It can be daunting when you’ve had tiling work done and don’t believe the work completed meets the standards required. You feel like you don’t want to pay for subpar work, but that you may struggle to prove the work has not met the standards. With The Tile Association, we’ll check the work against relevant standards and provide a report on our findings.

How can you spot a bad tiling job?

  • Crooked tiles
  • Poor tile cuts
  • Large or inconsistent grout lines
  • Uneven tiles
  • The edging pieces don’t meet up at the corners

Do you feel your tiling job fits into any of these? Well, how can we at TTA help?

We can help you by providing a technical inspection. We offer a technical inspection service to anyone who is unhappy with a recent tiling job, we can help because we act as a tiling expert witness and provide years of experience in tiling, helping you to prove whether a tiling job is bad or not, and providing the legal evidence if needed. One of our highly experienced Technical Inspectors will come to the site to inspect the tiling job.

How do they assess the job? Well, our Technical Inspectors assess the job against relevant British and European Standards and provide a detailed written document of the inspections with their findings and conclusion. This report, provided by our tiling expert witness, can be used in court as evidence – should the case go that far.

Take a look at our Technical Inspection service page for more information and how to book an inspection with us.