“Between new product launches, modifications to existing ranges and evolving building regulations, not to mention the need to keep on top of best practice and health and safety, even the most experienced of specialist contractors can benefit from training.
Tony Powell, business development manager from leading aluminium window, door and curtain wall system manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems discusses how taking a more collaborative approach to training can help strengthen links within the supply chain.
Training is an essential part of the construction industry and yet is an area that is widely undervalued and underdeveloped.
Not only has the gradual decline of apprenticeship schemes made it even harder for young people to develop the skills they need to be able to pursue a successful career in the industry, but many companies have found that the ever-increasing skills gap has been a major barrier to future growth.
On a personal level, there’s always something new you can learn to do, or do better. That’s why training is important at every stage of your career – not just at the beginning.
If we look specifically at the fenestration market, there are numerous products to choose from and few systems are exactly the same in terms of fabrication and installation.
This is why bespoke and high-quality product training should be a key part of the service that product manufacturers offer specialist contractors.
Taking advantage of the specific training offered by manufacturers can help get the most of out a product by giving a greater insight into how it has been developed.
Being trained to use a specific product not only gives greater confidence that the chosen system is fit for purpose and will meet the various requirements of the contract, but also ensure that trade specialists have the knowledge and skills they need to be able to ensure correct procedures are followed on site.
This reduces the likelihood of mistakes being made, which can be costly and time consuming to put right.
The most effective training is that which combines practical and theoretical elements – and the opportunity to put what has been learnt into practice in a controlled environment.
It’s not just about how the product works though, the best training also covers the key issues of health and safety, sustainable construction techniques and best practice. Having a cross-section of different
ages and levels of experience taking part in the same training session can also generate some great discussions and be a valuable team building exercise.
Although taking advantage of the specific training offered by product manufacturers is of course optional, it is highly recommended as it can give a great commercial advantage.
Main contractors are increasingly looking for evidence that the supply chain is both competent and highly skilled and keeping up to date with new products, product modifications and best practice is a great way to raise your game, and the likely success of your bids.
Great for personal and professional development and an effective way to get supply chain conversations and collaboration going, in many ways training is the life blood of the construction industry and those who don’t future-proof their own skill set run the risk of being left behind.
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