Last year saw online training and information resources take on a new significance and it is a trend that is likely to continue beyond the pandemic. Professional Builder provides a round-up of what’s available.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Grant UK has announced the launch of its online eLearning Academy which, alongside the training delivered at its training centres, will further increase the level of product training support the company can deliver to installers and heating engineers.
The content on the platform is focused on Air Source Heat Pumps and this will be broadened to include training course content for other product ranges in the coming months. The format of the content varies from videos and presentations through to supporting downloads and useful guides designed to aid the learning experience.
The eLearning Academy will provide heating professionals with an alternative route to develop their product knowledge from the comfort of their homes, and the on-demand courses can be paused so that candidates can fit their training around their work demand, returning and resuming the course at the point they left. Meanwhile, the instructor-led courses allow candidates the benefit of having the course presented live by one of Grant UK’s Trainers who are on hand to answer questions.
Candidates wishing to enrol for eLearning courses will need to set up an account by visiting www.grantelearning.com entering the enrolment key GUKPR0820 and confirming their company details. Delegates can then view the available courses and either enrol onto an on-demand course or an instructor-led course.
Doors & Hardware
Developing its already successful online training courses, the Doors & Hardware Federation has now progressed to offering a ‘Distance Learning Programme’ (DLP), delivered via Zoom. Senior Compliance and Training Officer, Nick Perkins, will be available to fully guide and tutor attendees throughout their courses and indeed, until their qualification has been achieved. Examinations can be taken via the online facility, with both one and two-day courses available.
Mira Showers’ handy Toolbox Demonstrations – aimed at helping with the installation and maintenance of its products – can now be delivered virtually. The aim of the Toolbox Training programme is to promote good shower installation practice, offering practical advice, and taking a hands-on approach. Using real examples, photographs and demo products, trainers address common problems such as plumbing materials clogging filters and affecting flow rates, or showers being affected by kinks in the hose. The training ensures a sound working knowledge of product installation, maintenance and fault diagnosis.
An ideal resource for those looking to familiarise themselves with the range, is how WernerCo describes its series of step-by-step video guides for its BoSS range of mobile towers. The nine videos, each dedicated to an individual product, will serve as a helpful guide to quickly and easily assembling access tower systems from right across the portfolio.
To watch the entire series of video guides visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLONvrHkiE8VSVIWz9EqOcwGSnIxpxB_Hk
Kitchen and Bathrooms Panels
Bushboard, industry leader in the production and distribution of innovative and trend-led surfaces and panels for the kitchen and bathroom, has partnered with e-learning platform Cortexa to offer its first digital training module. The training course, which is an easily digestible 20-minute video, explains the unique attributes of the company’s Evolve worktops, one of the brand’s most popular worksurface solutions for private residential projects, along with best practice guidance on the installation process.
The training module is available now and can be accessed by members of the British Institute of KBB Installation’s online learning resource, BIKBBI Campus. In addition, the training module also features on the digital learning platforms of key industry bodies and suppliers such as the Builders Merchants Federation and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Engineering. Bushboard Evolve is a range of solid compact laminate worksurfaces designed to look and perform like natural stone. Available in an 12.5mm thickness and solid coloured core, the material is available in fourteen designs across stone, marble and ceramic effect finishes. It is impact resistant, waterproof and ideal for installation of undermount sinks and bespoke drainer grooves.