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Schlüter-Systems to sponsor UK tiling team at WorldSkills 2017

Schlüter-Systems Education Centre celebrates grand opening

Schlüter-Systems to sponsor UK tiling team at WorldSkills 2017

The 44th WorldSkills Competition will be taking place in Abu Dhabi in October 2017 and Schlüter-Systems has announced their sponsorship of the UK tiling team.


The WorldSkills Competition is a flagship event: held every two years, it is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world, which truly reflects global industry.

A total of 72 member countries and regions will be taking part in the competition, showcasing the very best talent their country has to offer in 50 skills ranging from floristry to tiling. With over 1,200 competitors and tens of thousands of visitors it will certainly be a spectacular event.

Schlüter-Systems has been the market leader in essential accessories for tile and stone since it was founded in 1966. With over 10,000 products in its range, Schlüter-Systems provides second-to-none edge protection, complete system-solutions and dedicated technical support, to ensure perfect protection and decoration to any tiling project.

Offering detailed training programmes Schlüter keep specifiers, installers, and resellers up to date with modern trends and new technology, safeguarding the longevity and integrity of installations. They also offer the latest training to other training course providers and lecturers running TTA-accredited NVQ tiling courses, Intermediate Construction Award, Advanced Construction Award, and Experienced Worker Route schemes for tilers.

Andrew Curry, Training Manager for Schlüter-Systems Ltd explain: “Understanding and knowledge of our products enables quicker, more efficient and effective installations. Being committed to excellence in training, we work in partnership with many organisations, including The Tile Association, Stone Federation Great Britain, and RIBA.

“We are proud to be sponsoring the UK Squad, WorldSkills is a great way of exchanging latest industry innovations and best practices and Schlüter-Systems have chosen to support the UK Tiling team as a commitment to the industry and will also be offering free training to the team in advance of the competition; we wish the team the very best of luck.”

The three competitors for the UK Squad have been selected from the finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions and are announced as, Jack Radford from New College, Nottingham and Kieran Magee and Armondas Tamulis both from Southern Regional College, Northern Ireland.

The competitors will be trained by Paul Doran, a lecturer at Southern Regional College and in March next year they will compete for the one place to represent the UK in Wall and Floor Tiling at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Paul Doran, UK Expert for Wall and Floor Tiling said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of Schlüter-Systems Ltd and we will work with them to deliver a comprehensive training programme for Squad UK. The competitors have a challenging journey ahead of them as they prepare to take on the best tilers in the world but they are determined to show just how talented the UK’s apprentices are.”

Representing the best of their peers, the Squad UK members demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tiling related challenges.

For more information on Schlüter-Systems Ltd visit, email or call +44 (0)1530 813396

Schlüter-Systems Education Centre celebrates grand opening


The Schlüter-Systems Education Centre (SSEC) in Leicestershire was officially opened in October, with company founder Werner Schlüter and his family making a special visit from Germany for the celebrations.

Located on the Bardon 22 industrial estate in rural Leicestershire, the SSEC building with a stunning orange and grey façade (Schlüter corporate colours), stands out as a unique architectural accomplishment.

TTA member Schlüter-Systems has been the market leader in essential accessories for tile and stone since it was founded in 1966. With over 10,000 products in its range, Schlüter-Systems provides second-to-none edge protection, complete system-solutions and dedicated technical support.

The opening was a celebration of the new building and facilities, which provide a first-class environment for practical and hands-on training of contractors, resellers and specifiers, as well as the continued commitment to training the industry which has been at the heart of Schlüter-Systems since 1966 and the UK subsidiary since 1993.

The renovation project started over 12 months ago and the investment saw the interior and exterior of the building modernised and rearranged to utilise the space for the rapidly growing number of staff, with an atrium opening into the new dining area and an improved training facility to host the SSEC workshops for tilers, resellers and specifiers. The building demonstrates a commitment from the company to increasing skills and development within the industry and raising standards for the profession.

As a perfect showcase and testament, Schlüter-Systems products have been used throughout the building. Among the many unique design features, the facility incorporates radiant under-wall heating in the formal reception area, and an informative exhibition room, where products are displayed alongside a feature wall showcasing the seven subsidiaries and group vision.

One of the most impressive features is noticed as you look up through the atrium opening to the ceiling to see the Schlüter ‘trapezoids’ logo (three triangle-like shapes), with a subtly illuminated orange glow emanating from the recess of the ceiling, with the added ability to change the colour depending on the mood.

Mrs Baerbel Schlüter, co-founder of the company and wife of Werner Schlüter, cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the building (pictured above). The guests enjoyed a champagne reception with a live jazz band and a tour of the facility before networking and socialising with peers from across the industry.

Managing director Joachim Backes, who joined the company in 2013, said: “It is fantastic to finally see our ideas turned into reality. It hasn’t been easy, but it was our vision to create an environment that our customers can enjoy and benefit from, and for our staff to be proud to work in, and I believe we have succeeded. Clients now benefit from a real-life, hands-on demonstration of our systems and solutions and can see for themselves how our products work.

“We hope that everyone who visits the Schlüter-Systems Education Centre will enjoy the facility as we look to build on existing relations and create new ones with our customers at this great centre of innovation.”

Training events are fully booked until the end of the year but if you would like to book dates for 2016, call 01530 813396, email or visit