The Woodworking Industry Training Forum is the first ever CPD scheme for the joinery industry.
More than nine companies have signed up to the scheme says Sharon Gorf, chairman of the WIT Forum and sales director at Parker and Highland Joinery. And she says that her own company has found that, since signing up, staff are more motivated and both quality and production have benefited.
“The more knowledgeable and skilled our staff, the better the standard of work that’s produced. This wasn’t just about me being chairman of the WITForum, although I am keen to lead by example,” said Gorf. Participants work their way up through the levels in the CPD scheme by logging 30 hours of learning for each 12 month period (which runs from August 1 to July 31). The hours can be logged against six separate learning categories.
This year the BWF hopes to increase participation in the programme. It also plans to develop an online platform for people to log their CPD activities so that managers can see how their teams are getting on.