KAWNEER is including main contractors on its “intensive” installation training programme.
The company said the move is a response to the growing influence of principal contractors on building specifications. The two-day course has traditionally been aimed at specialist sub-contractors.
The installation training is designed to provide a structured approach to the installation of Kawneer’s curtain walling, window, door and framing systems. Hundreds of industry operatives have attended since it was launched.
Attendance will give main contractor envelope personnel the opportunity to improve their knowledge of architectural systems installation and to benchmark the credentials of specialist sub-contractors.
On successful completion delegates are issued with photo ID cards and course registration numbers. Around 75% of those attending the course have achieved that level and are logged on Kawneer’s database should verification be required.
Training manager Gary Ledger said the training is an opportunity to create an environment of best practice in standardised installation.
Kawneer’s network of approved installers includes contractors with whole envelope capability, allowing a single brief for projects with interfaces between, for example, curtain walling and timber cladding or roofing and cladding, as well as contractors with specialist experience in specific sectors such as education where they are also SCAPE approved.
As well as training in the fabrication and installation of systems, the installer network is already vetted against criteria including standards for financial stability, suitable expertise, skills levels, robust QA procedures and appropriate manpower and logistics resources.