FeRFA Apprentices finish formal training with practical experience in laying pumped screeds at Instarmac
FeRFA member, Instarmac, supplied all the materials and hosted the training at their Tamworth facility for the latest group of apprentices to complete their formal training. The apprentices spent two days learning all about flowable screeds, with a day of classroom tuition with Terry Foxley, the FeRFA Trainer, followed by a second day of practical sessions.
Andy Hill of PFT Central guided the apprentices through each step of the process of mixing and laying pumped screeds. The group were shown the correct setting up procedure of the M-tec mixing pump, preparation of the floor area, setting levels, how to carry out flow tests and safe operation of the pump.
As well as getting hands-on experience with the pump, which is an essential part of the scheme, the apprentices gained invaluable advice on laying techniques.
The feedback from the group was excellent and they enjoyed the experience of handling pumped screeds and using specialist pumping equipment.
Candidates in this group (L-R) are:
Joseph Hall (Surtech Ltd), Stephen Lynass (Veitchi Industrial Flooring), Steve Dugan and David Raymond (Orchid Flooring plus Kenny Dickson not shown), Hallam Diment (LS Finishes), Paul James Walker (4m Floors UK Ltd) and William Score (Kemtile Ltd).
This last module completes the apprentices formal training and they will continue to gain practical experience under supervision with their own companies to prepare for their on-site assessments. Successful candidates will be awarded their full NVQ Diploma Level 2 as well as the FeRFA ID badge and certificate at FeRFA’s Awards Event later in the year.
FeRFA offers three apprenticeship schemes leading to an NVQ Level 2 in Resin Flooring, Screeds and Surface Preparation, and will be starting new schemes subject to demand later in the year. Details, including the full scheme programme for both courses, are available from the training section of the website. http://www.ferfa.org.uk/apprenticeships.php