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The National Association of Shopfitters are looking for Competent Shopfitters and Interior Contractors to Join our Membership. Is this you?

In 1919 a small group of shopfitters decided to form their own trade association. The Great War had ended and a post-war boom meant that construction was flourishing. What better time, therefore, for shopfitters to underline their independence and show the world at large the difference between themselves and the construction industry in general.

Who would have thought that over 90 years later the Aims and Objects of the National Association of Shopfitters have not changed and we are still striving to promote the shopfitting and interior contracting industry through the good times and the bad. The NAS continues to encourage the highest levels of quality and professionalism, influencing the industry and guiding its members through the increasing raft of technology and legislation.

Today’s shopfitter is professional, blending traditional skills with modern business ability and technical expertise. The NAS is here to help shopfitters develop every facet of their skills as their industry evolves - most recently, the introduction of the shopfitting Management Standard PAS:82 giving clients, for the first time, a checklist of what can be expected from a chosen NAS member, the provision of quality training specific to our industry and up-to-date legal guidance on contract law.

With excellence in mind, in 2007 the NAS took over responsibility for training specifically geared to the shopfitting industry. By re-branded and creating SITF (Shopfitting Independent Training Forum) this Forum,

Health and Safety Courses

5 Day ConstructionSkills Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) 3 Day ConstructionSkills Site Safety for Shopfitters & Interior Contractors (SMSTS) 2 Day ConstructionSkills Site Safety for the Structural Elements of Shopfitting and Interior Contracting (SMSTS)

2 Day ConstructionSkills Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) 2 Day ConstructionSkills Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SMSTS) 1 Day Directors’ Responsibilities of Health and Safety (SMSTS) 1 Day ConstructionSkills Heath and Safety Awareness (SMSTS) 1 Day Site Waste Management 1 Day CDM 2007 Update 1 Day Achieving Behavioural Change (ABC)

1 Day How to Write an Effective Risk Assessment & Method Statement

Health and Safety Mix and Match Courses ½ Day Asbestos Awareness (UKATA) ½ Day Fire Safety Awareness ½ Day Abrasive Wheels ½ Day Manual Handling ½ Day Hand Arm Vibration & Safe Use of Portable Power Tools inc. Nail Guns ½ Day Safe Working at Height

½ Day Health & Safety Update for the Shopfitting Industry Management Courses

1 Day Understanding of Commercial Awareness Other Courses

1 Day Tower Scaffold and MEWP Training

5 Day/3 Day/1 Day Refresher Fork Lift Truck 1 Day Various Plant Training available on request

Shopfitting Specific Miscellaneous Courses 1 Day Theory of Shopfitting Estimating 2 Day Introduction to AutoCAD

1 Day Spray Paint Finishing for the Shopfitting & Interior Contracting Industry First Aid Courses

3 Day First Aid at Work 2 Day First Aid at Work Re-qualification 1 Day Appointed Person Emergency ½ Day Basic Awareness First Aid

supported by ConstructionSkills, has gone from strength to strength and now runs quality training courses across a whole variety of industries.

The launch of the Shopfitting and Interior Contracting Competence Scheme (SICCS) in December 2009, supported and managed by our major stakeholder ConstructionSkills, further demonstrates the NAS’ commitment for recognition of vocational education and craftsmanship in shopfitting and interior contracting. This prestigious card will be accepted on all main construction sites.

The shopfitting industry has long relied on apprentices as a way of training the next generation. In encouraging this, the NAS acknowledges individual achievement with awards at each stage of an apprentice’s career. For the final year winners, this includes a ‘Managers of the Future’ bursary which provides support for further education.

The NAS Design Partnership Award is a premier award which recognizes excellence in interior design and shopfitting contracting with emphasis on the special partnership between designer/architect and contractor that shopfitting demands. The judges, representing interior designers, architects and contractors, look for suitability of the design for its location, purpose and overall budget; strength of partnership between interior

designer/architect and shopfitter; choice of materials; creativity and originality in interpreting the design brief and overcoming site conditions; special design features of

functional or decorative relevance; quality of fit-out and project management. The 2011 Grand Prix award went to the flagship store of Louis Vuitton in New Bond Street, London. Winner of the retail category went to Zagliani, London; winner of non retail was Hakkasan, London and winner of the leisure category went to 21 Social in Belfast. Entry can be made by interior designers, architects and NAS members. The Award is open to any fit-out in retail, non-retail or leisure projects carried out within the European Economic Area by a member of the NAS and completed in the preceding year of the competition.

Who can imagine what the next 90 years will bring? Whatever the challenges, the NAS will continue to be the voice of the shopfitting and interior contracting industry, offering expert guid- ance to members and clients...down to the last detail.

Membership is open to companies based in the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland and we welcome both shopfitters and those who supply goods or services to the shopfitting industry.

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