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GET READY FOR THE TTA AWARDS WITH A ROUND OF GOLF

What better way of getting set for the TTA Awards than to take part in a vigorous round of golf at The Marriott Forest of Arden Golf & Country Club, Warwickshire? This year’s TTA Golf Day will take place on Friday 18th May, with the Awards themselves being presented that evening.

The Golf Day will be an excellent opportunity to meet up with industry colleagues for 18 holes of golf ahead of the big evening festivities. Over the years this course has played host to seven English Opens and five British Masters. Colin Montgomery, Thomas Bjorn and Darren Clarke have been amongst the illustrious winners here. And it is just 20 minutes away from the Awards venue.

The Golf Day starts at 9am for tea, coffee and bacon butties, with first tee at 10.27am. There will be prizes for Nearest to the Pin and Longest Drive, as well as individual prizes and the TTA Trophy.

Email info@tile.org.uk to book places for the golf day, which are excellent value at £70 per person (incl VAT). Places are limited, so book early to guarantee your spot.

Support for Carillion Apprentices

CITB has started the all-important task of placing the 1,400 displaced Carillion apprentices.

They are particularly keen to hear from employers who can employ joinery and brickwork apprentices and those that are based in Glasgow and require General Construction Operatives.

CITB have been working with the Department for Education (DfE), the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and their network of colleges and construction employers to be able to provide the apprentices with the opportunity to continue their education.

They have devised a package of support, including apprenticeship adoption incentives and standard ongoing CITB grant support, to encourage construction employers to recruit these apprentices and retain them in the industry.

The incentives to take on a Carillion Apprentice include:

An adoption grant of £1000 which will be paid to those employers who take on a Carillion apprentice. The grant will be paid is two parts – £500 on sign up and the remainder after three months;
A standard attendance grant will be paid on the basis that if an apprentice is in the first, second or third year, and regardless of their progress in that year, they will receive the remainder of the attendance grant for that year;
All achievement grants will be payable on full framework achievement.
More information on CITB grants can be found here and CITB’s dedicated support team can be contacted on 0344 994 4010 (England)/ 0300 456 8784 (Scotland). More information can also be found here.

SUPPORT FOR CARILLION APPRENTICES

Despite the news of Carillion’s liquidation last week, CITB has welcomed the industry coming together to help the 1400 displaced apprentices. Thank you to all employers and organisations who have already come forward to offer help and support – it is great to be able to say that we have started the all-important task of placing these apprentices and this will continue to be a priority for us over the coming weeks.

The skills and experience of these apprentices are invaluable to the British economy and crucial to the delivery of new homes and vital infrastructure projects.

At this time, we are particularly keen to hear from employers who:

  • Can employ joinery and brickwork apprentices
  • Are based in Glasgow and require General Construction Operatives.

We have devised a package of support, including apprenticeship adoption incentives and standard ongoing CITB grant support, to encourage construction employers to recruit these apprentices and retain them in our industry.

Working with the Department for Education (DfE), the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and our network of colleges and construction employers, we are hopeful that we will be able to provide these learners with the opportunity to continue their education.

Incentives to take on a Carillion Apprentice

  • An adoption grant of £1000 will be paid to those employers who adopt a Carillion apprentice. The grant will be paid in 2 parts – £500 on sign up, £500 after 3 months
  • A standard attendance grant will be paid on the basis that if a learner is in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd year, regardless of their progress in that year, they will receive the remainder of the attendance grant for that year
  • All achievement grants will be payable on full framework achievement.

More information on CITB grants can be found here: citb.co.uk/grant

TTA’s Technical Committee Welcomes New Member

Committee Chairman, Brian Newell of Shackerley (Holdings) Group Ltd welcomes Bill Harrison, Senior Technical Services Advisor at Mapei onto the Technical Committee.   Bill brings years’ of industry experience and knowledge to the table and will help support TTA in its continuing drive to raise standards in the industry through its Working Groups, writing and updating Technical Publications and links with industry colleagues and clients.

TTA’s Tiling Show and CPD Seminar Programme – 2018

TTA’s Tiling Show will take place on 18th May 2018 – running alongside a programme of CPD Seminars throughout the day, with the Awards Gala Dinner and Presentations taking place that same evening.

During the day, we will hold a Tiling Show for the trade and a series of CPD Seminars and demonstrations will be presented by the Gold Sponsors of the Awards.  Both are excellent ways to talk with technical representatives from the leading brands in our industry whether you are a specifier, retailer, distributor or tiler.  If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact us.  Please contact us for more information on exhibiting, or if you’d like to register to attend one of the CPD Seminars.

Closing date for your nominations for the Awards has been extended for a brief time only following the Christmas and New Year break.

There are 4 new categories to enter, bringing the total to 16 categories for 2018. 4 of these will go to public vote – Best Heritage Project, Best E-commerce Website, Wall Tile of the Year and Floor Tile of the Year. View the full list of categories here.

Tel : 0300 365 8453

Email for information on the Tiling Show or CPD Seminars : Support@tile.org.uk

Email for information on entering the Awards : Awards@tile.org.uk

Are you up there with the best fixers? Now is your chance to show it!

Winning a TTA Fixer of the Year Award, or even being shortlisted, may turn out to be the best thing you’ll ever do. Talk to Sharon Taylor of Viva Tiling – last year’s winner. Her business as a specialist mosaic installer has gone from strength to strength in the past year. She’s winning new jobs on the back of referrals from the Awards and she’s also been able to move into more profitable work, allowing her creativity to shine.

You too can tap into some of this success. Prizes, recognition, social media promotion – it all awaits the winner of the Tile Fixer of the Year Award.

You can enter yourself or be nominated by a friend or relative. We can even help you write your entry – so if you fancy having a go (and why wouldn’t you?), please give us a call today.

Your deadline to enter is 31st January.

Enter via the Awards website.

Advertising opportunity in our new Technical Publication…

Our Technical Working Groups are currently researching and writing the Technical Publication on “External Floor Tiling to Balconies, Terraces and Patios” which is seen to be a growth market in the UK.

There are opportunities for advertising space within the upcoming document, which we hope to publish early 2018.  If you’d like more information on availability of space and costs please contact us on 0300 365 8453, or email Support@Tile.org.uk.

EWPA TRAINING DATES – 2018

Further dates have been added for the New Year to enable fixers to obtain their NVQ Level 2 via the EWPA Assessment …

February : Please call to obtain dates.

March : Stoke on Trent : 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th and 29th

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 *Additional costs apply for 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.

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 Support@tile.org.uk

More information on CSCS card changes here…

New Chairman at TTA

After six years in the role Ian Kershaw is standing down, and the whole Board and membership will wish to express their thanks to Ian for successfully guiding the Association through a time of great change. It has been a period during which the TTA has developed enormously – gaining membership, increasing in professionalism and embracing the digital age, while also continuing to drive up standards in the industry and support the members. This has led to the development of new services and also increasing influence both nationally and globally in the development of Standards and test methods.

 

Paul Luff comes into the role of Chairman after being a TTA director since 2012. He is sales & marketing manager for the Tiling & Flooring Division of Belfast-based Larsen Building Products. “I greatly relish the challenge of heading up the TTA for the coming period,” he says. “Ian will be a hard act to follow and I wish to add my thanks to those of others for all that he has done for the TTA over the past five years. Looking to the future, I feel that we are entering a very exciting phase in the development of the Association, with all sorts of “unknowns” out there in the wider construction context, but with a TTA which is in a very strong position. We have a strong membership base, a great portfolio of member services and a very strong technical capability within our various committees. So I look forward to working with all of you to build on our strengths and develop that further.”