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Flooring Apprenticeships to Change in 2019 – Act Now

Flooring Apprenticeships to Change in 2019 – Act Now

FloorSkills training academy has announced that flooring apprenticeships are changing for 2019 and anyone who would like to take advantage of the current route to qualifying should act now.

Matt Bourne, Head Trainer at FloorSkills said: “Currently flooring apprenticeships run over a duration of 16-18 months. However, from the beginning of 2019 the new apprenticeship will be extended to a minimum of 30 months.

“On completion of the current apprenticeship programme, the apprentice is awarded a diploma as well as an NVQ level 2 qualification. With the new apprenticeship, there is no longer an NVQ qualification included, trainees leave with only a diploma.”

Matt continued: “The very last funded apprenticeship running on the current qualification starts 5 November 2018, please contact the FloorSkills centre on 01564 703 900 if you’d like your apprentice to be enrolled on this scheme.”

What is an apprenticeship and what do attendees learn?

An apprenticeship is a combination of working, studying and earning a wage. While on an apprenticeship trainees work with an employer daily and then go to college or training centre for off-site dedicated training.

FloorSkills apprenticeships are available with funding to anyone living or working within the UK. The apprenticeships work on a block release basis. Approximately every eight weeks over a 16-18-month period, the trainees will be required to visit the Solihull-based training centre in blocks of two to five days at a time.

Apprentices will learn:

  • Subfloor preparation.
  • Stretch fit textile to include stairs, winders, open plan stairs, BN steps, joins etc.
  • Contract textile installation to include direct stick, dual stick systems.
  • Carpet tiles.
  • LVT to include, straight lay, diagonal lay, border work and designs.
  • Domestic cushion floor vinyl.
  • Contract vinyl, safety floor, linoleum.
  • Estimating, creating cutting plans, writing specifications, reading scale drawings and a whole lot more.

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