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Last few places for Tileman’s Lunch…

This year we’re returning to The Grazing Goat, New Quebec Street, London W1H 7RQ on Friday 8th December.    Giving you the chance to enjoy a three course meal, and catch up with friends and colleagues in the industry in a relaxing, informal setting.

Tickets £90.00pp incl VAT.

We’re nearly fully booked – so please do call us on 0300 365 8453 or Email to reserve your places for this 3 course lunch with wine.

Help with obtaining your CSCS Cards

TTA have secured funding from CITB to enable the provision of an assessor infrastructure for the wall and floor tiling sector across the UK to support quality assured assessment of experienced operatives to NVQ L2.   Part funding is also available for NVQ EWPA/OSAT training, which will help fixers obtain their CSCS cards.

The training comprises a one-day course which can be undertaken at either of BAL’s Innovation and Technology Centres, located in Stoke on Trent or Bristol.  Assessors can also carry out on-site assessments; but additional charges would apply.

The training costs £500 for TTA Members per fixer and £600 for non-members.  There is also a £68 Registration Fee payable to CITB.  On successful completion of the course; candidates will receive a £210 refund on the fee.  Independent Fixers can claim £100 refund if they join TTA prior to the completion of the Assessment.

Dates available are 21st; 28th; and 30th November; and 12th and 14th December.  Places are limited, so please contact us as soon as possible.

This initiative will benefit the industry  by promoting and supporting a skilled and qualified workforce, which will stimulate the market by providing a route to qualification for experienced fixers.

For more information and to register please call 0300 365 8453 or email

More information on CSCS card changes here…


TTA is providing a new, pendulum, slip resistance testing facility for tiles at its Stone, Staffordshire, head office.

Slip resistance is an important issue for all aspects of the floorcoverings industry. Slipping is the single most common cause of injury in the UK, comprising 40 per cent of all injuries and costing the NHS £133m in terms of bed days each year.

Floor tiles are not inherently slippery when clean and dry, but the slip resistance of any type of floor covering can significantly reduce if it becomes contaminated by any form of lubricant, such as water or dust, depending upon the floor’s surface texture and footwear used.

Following work by a specialist Working Group of the TTA’s Technical Committee, the Association updated a Technical Document last year entitled Slip Resistance of Hard Flooring. Along with other TTA Technical Publications, this has recently been approved by RIBA for CPD purposes.

This new facility will be available for use by TTA members, mainly importers, distributors and retailers, and will use the Pendulum test method, which  is the only slip resistance test used by the HSE.

Testing is available to TTA members and only costs £120 + VAT per tile. It will provide members with an independent, indicative test.

For more information please contact the TTA on 0300 365 8453

Promoting a career in wall & floor tiling…

Build UK’s “Inspiring Construction” has now launched…

Inspiring Construction is a joint campaign by Build UK and CITB to give employers the information, tools and advice to inspire the next generation to join the construction industry.

Inspiring Construction provides employers with information, tools and advice to promote construction careers, with Build UK and CITB calling on the whole industry to get involved.

Suzannah Nichol MBE, Chief Executive of Build UK said:

“Industry is committed to changing the way we recruit people into our industry, and I’m delighted that Inspiring Construction provides employers with the tools and resources to deliver inspirational careers engagements to the next generation across the nation. Together we can promote the incredible opportunities we have to offer and share our love of construction.”

Sarah Beale, Chief Executive of CITB, said:

“Inspiring Construction is all about creating a new mode of recruitment. Through great tools and services such as Construction Ambassadors and Go Construct Matching Service we want to encourage employers of all sizes to get involved. Good information about construction careers isn’t enough, we must inspire the future generation through our passion and drive.”  

To get involved visit the Inspiring Construction webpage.


National SkillBuild Competition 2017

Students have been preparing all year for the National SkillBuild Finals being held at the NEC 16th – 18th November.

TTA and our Members have been supporting the Regional competitions as well as the National Final; with BAL providing adhesives and grouts, Nicholls & Clarke Group providing tiles and Schluter Systems providing trims and their Kerdi Board.

Winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will receive a cash prize from TTA as well as a Tile Cutter from Bellota.  Members have generously supported production of a Toolbag for the competitors, with many useful items included.   Many thanks to Ardex UK, BAL, Instarmac, Mapei, Norcros Adhesives, Schluter Systems and St Gobain Weber.

Candidates also get the opportunity to vie for a spot in Squad UK to train towards the 2019 World Skills Competitions in Kazan, Russia.  Training Expert, Paul Doran of Southern Regional College will again be working with TTA to increase the skill level of candidates, and ensure continued involvement at an international level.   Both Paul and TTA Board have expressed thanks to all sponsors, and in particular to Schluter Systems Ltd, who are the main sponsors of the 2017 Squad.

Sponsorship opportunities will once again be available for Squad UK going forwards to the 2019 Competition.  Please contact us if you’d like further details.   Tel: 0300 365 8453   Email:

Good Luck to all the candidates…

  • Callum Pearson – Leeds College of Building
  • Cathal Murphy – Southern Regional College
  • Daniel McBurney – Southern Regional College
  • Jack Hull – South and City College Birmingham
  • James Ackland – Cardiff and Vale College
  • Mark Scott – City of Glasgow College
  • Maziyar Pazouki – Cardiff and Vale College
  • Sean McLoughlin – Southern Regional College


Book now for Tileman’s Lunch

This year we’re returning to The Grazing Goat, New Quebec Street, London W1H 7RQ on Friday 8th December.    Giving you the chance to enjoy a three course meal, and catch up with friends and colleagues in the industry in a relaxing, informal setting.

Always a very popular event and places are limited – so book early to secure your place for this 3 course lunch with wine.

Tickets £90.00pp incl VAT.

We’re happy to take your bookings now…

Call us on 0300 365 8453 or Email





TTA Awards 2018 – Nominations Now Open and Sponsorship Packages Enhanced

TTA is encouraging Member companies and individuals to start considering their entries for the TTA Awards 2018, which are to be held on the evening of Friday 18 May at The St John’s Hotel, Solihull.

This year will see enhanced sponsorship packages available, which will add value for sponsors and improve the attractiveness of sponsoring the event. In addition to the standard packages, the TTA is working on a number of bespoke packages, tailored to meet the specific needs of sponsors.

Gold Sponsors will benefit from two innovations planned for the coming year. For the first time there is to be a Technical Expo – and complimentary Expo stand space is included as part of this year’s Gold Sponsorship package. To participate, exhibitors will need to feature on their stand a special offer which is available to attendees.

In addition to the Expo, the TTA will also be holding a CPD seminar programme on the day of the Awards. Gold sponsors will have the opportunity to present one seminar on a subject of their choice between 10am and 4pm on Friday 18th. Refreshments will be available at both the Technical Expo and the CPD seminar programme.

Following on from the CPD seminars, the TTA AGM will be held at 5pm in the St Johns Hotel. All members are encouraged to attend.

The full list of Award categories, some of which are once again due to be judged by public vote, is as follows:

Outstanding Contribution/Lifetime Achievement (Awarded by the TTA Board)

Excellence in Marketing

Best Innovation

Best E-commerce Website – Public vote

Best Domestic Project – Public vote

Wall Tile of the Year – Public vote

Floor Tile of the Year – Public vote

Best Environmental Initiative

Excellence in Supply and Services

Excellence in Retail

Employee of the Year

Excellence in Tile Contracting

Trainee Tile Fixer of the Year

Tile Fixer of the Year – Public vote

Best Small Commercial Project

Best Large Commercial Project

Best Heritage Project – Public vote

Entries to the Awards are now open and close in January…  so its time to start thinking about your top projects, products and achievements which you would like to put forward for recognition in 2018.

For further information on Awards sponsorship or entering, please contact us on 0300 365 8453 or by emailing

Good Luck Team UK – Wall & Floor Tiling at Worldskills Competition

Armondas Tamulis, Worldskills UK Team representative for Wall and Floor Tiling at the Worldskills final in Abu Dhabi, has been training all year and is now on his way to the Finals, and we wish him all the best!  More information on the competition here…

Paul Doran, Training Manager and Lecturer at Southern Regional College says: “Armondas has worked extremely hard all year attending competitions  across Europe to ensure his selection into the UK Team.  Armondas has shown that he is working at an international standard.”  Paul went on to thank all sponsors for the ongoing support received which has enabled Team UK to engage in high level training.

TTA and its Members have been supporting Armondas from the start, with Schlüter-Systems Ltd being the main sponsor of the UK Wall & Floor Tiling Team – funding travel and subsistence to attend training and competitions, as well as providing tools and workwear, Training Facilities have been provided at Southern Regional College, and BAL have provided all adhesives and grouts for the duration of training.  Chair of the Training Committee, Robert Howard MBE, has expressed both the Board’s and his personal thanks to all the Sponsors.

You can find further information on TTA Member Colleges providing Wall & Floor Tiling Courses on the Training pages of the website.

SkillBuild National Finals will be held at the NEC 16-18 November 2017 – Where the candidates will be assessed for their suitability to join Squad UK for the 2019 World Skills Competition to be held in Kazan, Russia.











Join Us… Independent Fixers pay £197.50 + VAT till January 2019

Independent Fixers with a minimum of 2 years’ fixing experience can apply to join TTA for just £197.50 + VAT during October 2017 through till January 2019, subject to meeting membership criteria as detailed here.

Membership gives you technical support and guidance with full access to the TTA’s Technical Publications, updates on British Standards including BS5385, training opportunities and funding, as well as many commercial benefits.

For more information email, or call 0300 365 8453 for full details.

The Tile Association represents the whole of the UK’s Tiling Industry – for more details on the various membership categories, please see our ‘Join Us’ pages…


Training Available to Access your CSCS Card

Some funding is available for NVQ EWPAR/OSAT training, which is designed to help fixers obtain their CSCS cards.  For more information and to register your interest please call 0300 365 8453 or email

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.

More information on CSCS card changes here…

TTA has also 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.   Having access to 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 of TTA Board and Training Committee 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.