Preparation is key for the perfect finish

The Preparation Group’s custom-built training facility at Lincoln hosted the training on surface preparation for FeRFA apprentices in the Resin 15 and Screed 1 groups.

The trainer, Stephen Walker, gave the apprentices plenty of opportunity for hand-on experience with the machines.

Starting with the essential techniques of proper floor preparation, with a combination of classroom teaching and practical experience the trainees learnt the various methods of surface preparation and the choice of equipment available.

This group has now completed the first ten modules of their two year apprenticeship and will continue their training in 2016 with further combined classroom and practical sessions on Coatings, Self smoothing, Screeds & Covings and Flowable Screeds.

The apprentices in this group are:

Resin: Christopher Davey & Liam King (IRL Group Ltd), Alex Bowers (John Lord & Son Ltd), Paul Ratcliffe, Anthony Rowell and Matthew Haines (Midland Industrial Flooring), Anthony O’Keeffe (Senso) and Robert Atkins (Central Flooring Services)

Screeding: Michael Gibbs and Thomas Henderson (Trent Construction Services), Scott Barclay and Jordan Burgess (TPS360 Ltd)

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Press Releases 2015

Press releases issued by FeRFA are available as pdf documents below.

New Chairman and Officers for FeRFA

FeRFA is delighted to announce the election of a new Chairman for the coming two years and a newly elected Council for 2016.

FeRFA Chairman – Tracey Glew

Tracey Glew is not only FeRFA’s first female Chairman but also the first to come from the surface preparation side of the industry.

Tracey has been an active member of the FeRFA council for over 14 years (the last two years as Vice Chairman) and worked with FeRFA to both develop the NVQ Level 2 Diploma for Prepare & Profile Substrates, and as a training provider for the apprenticeship schemes at PPC’s bespoke training facility.

Tracey Glew founded The Preparation Group in 1991, which started out as Surface Preparation Contractors, removing, preparing, polishing and cleaning surfaces across a wide spectrum of industries. In 1997 Tracey decided to market her own range of Surface Preparation Machines and Tools and over the years, has worked tirelessly to gain recognition for surface preparation as a specialist skill.

FeRFA Council 2016

The following members were elected to Council for 2016:

Contractor Members: Scott Burns (McDaid Screeding Services Ltd), Bob Davies (IRL Group Ltd), Kyle Stokes (Central Flooring), Tracey Glew (PPC UK Ltd), John Hill (SPE International Ltd), Nick Megson (Reprotec UK Ltd) and Darren Watkins (TPS 360 Ltd)

Manufacturer Members: Chris Orme (Mapei (UK) Ltd), Mark Bushell (Sika Ltd), Heloysa Remoaldo (Altro Floors), Tom Dossett (Remmers Ltd), John Wright (Resdev Ltd), Karl Brannigan (Instarmac) Associate Members: Mike Clarke(Protech Plastics Containers Ltd) and Emel Jami (Innoveo)

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Apprentices Honoured at FeRFA Awards Dinner

The highlight of this year’s awards ceremony was welcoming nine of this year’s successful apprentices on to the stage to collect their NVQ level 2 diplomas from Tim Blackman, CITB’s National Specialist Accredited Centre (NSAC) Manager, at the FeRFA Awards Dinner.

In congratulating the apprentices on their achievement, Tim Blackman acknowledged the commitment required from both the trainee and their employers over the two years. He also applauded the progress FeRFA had made to develop qualifications for the resin flooring industry, working with the CITB to develop these and run the apprenticeship schemes. Since the pilot scheme in 2007, FeRFA has supported 78 learners through the 2 year programme, with a further 41 learners currently on the schemes.

The following were at the ceremony to receive their awards: For Resin Flooring: Tom Marvell (Central Flooring) Geoff Goode, Wayne Goode and Shane Goode (IRL Group) Paul Walker (4m Floors UK) Steve Dugan and Kenny Dickson (Orchid Flooring) Stephen Lynass (Veitchi) and for Surface Preparation: Mark Hall (The Preparation Group) David Raymond (Orchid Flooring) Lee Barker (PPC) Danny Medland (Central Flooring Services) William Score (Kemtile) and Jo Hall (Surtech Flooring) were unable to attend the event.)

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