The British Woodworking Federation’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme is receiving backing from the most progressive firms in UK joinery manufacturing following launch of the scheme at W12.
Eleven organisations, including nine joinery companies, have shown their support already by signing up to the scheme.
Run by the BWF’s Woodworking Industry Training Forum (WITForum), the CPD programme offers all those working within the joinery and woodworking industry the opportunity to develop new skills and to gain recognition for training and personal development. It is suitable for all job roles in any joinery business, from apprentice to managing director.
Representatives from the companies signed their names in a public display of commitment at the W12 exhibition, and have pledged to encourage all their staff to join the scheme.
Dave Campbell, WITForum manager, says:
“CPD is critical to boosting the professionalism and economic success of our industry. It’s good news for individual employees, including those in non-craft occupations in the industry, because it provides formal recognition for everything they achieve in terms of professional development throughout their career.
“It’s also critical for employers, helping to support and build a stronger workforce of skilled employees in all occupations across the company, and a framework for the development of companies. The programme links to any existing training and development plan in the company, so it will help the business to grow. Being provided with a formal recognition of development, backed up by the Construction CPD Accreditation Service, staff morale will also increase leading to improved productivity.”
The nine companies that have signed up to the scheme so far are: Howarth Windows & Doors, Westgate Joinery, Oakwrights, Parker & Highland Joinery, Arnold Laver Timberworld, Elmwood Joinery, the Performance Window Group, Tompkins Wood, and Vicaima. The BWF’s training provider, Didac Ltd, and joinery consultancy firm, Lignum Associates, have also pledged to support the programme and promote it to the woodworking industry.
The BWF’s training arm, the WITForum, was set up to raise skills, improve provision, improve recruitment and give the industry a voice on skills. For more information go to: www.bwf.org.uk/training
Image Caption: ‘Early signatories to the BWF’s CPD scheme’
Left to right:- John Kerry, Director of Elmwood Joinery (East Anglia); Peter Love, Director of Oakwrights; David Oldfield, Group Joinery Products Manager of Arnold Laver; Peter Johnson, Managing Director of Vicaima; David Pattenden, Managing Director of Westgate Joinery; Andy Tompkins, Director of Tompkins; Alan Shearer, General Manager of Howarth Windows & Doors; Sharon Gorf, Sales Director of Parker & Highland Joinery; Iain McIlwee, Chief Executive of the BWF; Keith Tyson, Chairman of Lignum Associates; Martin James, Commercial Director of Didac; and John Carter, National Specialist Training Adviser of CITB-Construction Skills.
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