Located at F. Ball’s manufacturing headquarters in Cheddleton, Staffordshire, the new training centre was opened in February 2010. Representing a £1 million investment, the centre features high-tech conference facilities, meeting rooms and practical demonstration areas. Courses are delivered free of charge by experts from within the company’s technical department – underlining F. Ball’s longstanding commitment to promoting best practice with its extensive product range, and ongoing support in maintaining high standards throughout the industry.
Stephen Boulton, Technical Service Manager at F. Ball and Co. Ltd., explains: “F. Ball has a very important ethos, and that is ‘getting it right first time’. Our training programme has been designed to educate delegates about common issues such as treating subfloor moisture and creating a smooth surface for the installation of a new floorcovering. Courses include up-to-date information and advice to help our customers to confidently identify the most appropriate products and installation techniques for each project.”
F. Ball training courses cover subfloor preparation and adhesive selection. Delegates also receive a complimentary factory tour to see the technology and rigorous testing that goes into developing F. Ball’s high performance Stopgap subfloor preparation products and Styccobond adhesives.
Courses are open to flooring contractors of all skill and experience levels. Courses can also be tailored to the requirements of wholesalers, floorcovering manufacturers, and specifiers, on request. Delegates are able to gain hands-on experience of applying F. Ball products, including adhesives, smoothing underlayments, repair compounds and waterproof surface membranes. A certificate is issued at the end of the course, which flooring contractors can include in their portfolios as evidence of NVQ training or CPD.
Here are some of the positive reviews provided by flooring contractors who have attended the F. Ball training course since the centre opened in February 2010…
Roger Lilley, Managing Director of Roger Lilley Flooring Ltd., attended the course in April, along with eight of his employees: “The facilities at the new training centre were impressive to say the least, an improvement beyond compare since the last F. Ball training course I attended back in 2003. It was certainly a very informative and enjoyable day.”
Attending the course in May was trainee-flooring contractor, Jonathan Blackbourn from Lambourn Carpet Company. He said: “The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed. I’m still only training but I felt at ease, and was able to understand everything that we went through. The course was very well set out with detailed information about damp proof membranes, smoothing underlayments and adhesives, with practical demonstrations of each.”
Roger Teagle of Cheshire Fine Flooring Limited completed the course in June. Like Roger Lilley, he had also attended the course in F. Ball’s old training facility. He said: “The learning environment was exceptional. The new building is a great facility. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and meeting fellow flooring professionals. I found doing the course again very useful, and feel that it has given me a better knowledge of the different subfloor preparation options.”
F. Ball and Co. Ltd. is currently taking bookings for its training programme. To register, please visit www.f-ball.co.uk