screeds are increasingly common in new builds and require specific treatment to ensure against floor failure. In such cases, traditional cement-based levelling compounds will not be suitable and the use of a compatible calcium sulphate- based levelling compound is recommended.

The recent move to standards-based apprenticeships has also brought new training requirements. One hour of ‘off the job’ training must be completed for every four hours spent working by flooring apprentices, which more companies are giving opportunities to as a way to tackle their skills shortages.

ACCESSING TRAINING Flooring industry training centres, such as Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) training centre in Loughborough, offer a wide range of training courses, covering everything from subfloor preparation to estimating costs and quoting. Thanks to the apprenticeships levy, which came into effect in 2017, many flooring companies enrolling apprentices on training courses such as these can claim back up to 95% of the cost.

Additionally, some manufacturers of subfloor preparation products and adhesives (and some floorcovering manufacturers) offer training courses on how to use their products at no cost to contractors.

F. Ball has recently redesigned and reconfigured the training and demonstration facility at its Staffordshire headquarters,

and restyled course content to offer a more dynamic, hands- on learning experience.

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE Accordingly, the new state-of-the-art training facility has been relaunched as the ‘F. Ball Centre of Excellence’ to reflect its aim to help flooring professionals keep up to date with the latest advancements in product technology and stand out from the competition amidst increasing customer expectations. As such, evidence of completing a course at the F. Ball Centre of Excellence is proof of having received the most advanced training and a commitment to delivering the highest flooring standards.

Training programmes, which run year-round, are led by experts from within the company and cover subfloor preparation, moisture management and control and adhesive selection, including specialist courses for both apprentices and seasoned professionals.

FREE TO ATTEND As a market leader in flooring preparation products and adhesives, F. Ball believes it has a responsibility to promote industry standards and best practice and, by extension, the positive reputation of the flooring industry. This is why flooring contractors of any skill level can take part in training courses at the F. Ball Centre of Excellence for free.

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