22 May 2012
TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality mark for tradesmen, has approved its first industry training scheme operator for flooring, the Quick-Step® Academy for Excellence in Flooring. Recently opened, the Academy will be the largest flooring training centre in the UK with every approved Master Installer eligible to become a TrustMark Quick-Step® registered flooring fitter.
Following completion of the course, all Quick-Step® Master Installers are invited to become TrustMark registered, which will enable them to win new business and gain a competitive edge in the industry. Consumers will also be given better and more rigorous protection as Master Installers' technical skills will be independently checked through regular on-site inspections, as well as on their trading record and financial status.
The Quick-Step® Academy will provide the flooring industry with the largest state-of-the-art training and professional development facility to enable installers, flooring contractors and retailers to be able to accredit, develop and enhance their flooring installation skills.
Covering all of the UK, the Manchester-based Academy will work with leading subfloor preparation suppliers, sanding and power tool manufacturers to provide courses and benefits for all skill levels.
Darren Robinson, Quick-Step Academy training and development manager, comments: "We welcome the opportunity to work with TrustMark as it encourages consumers to use professional tradesmen to undertake domestic repair, maintenance and improvement work. We feel that working with the Government-endorsed scheme will be invaluable in giving our Master Installers a competitive and real world advantage and firmly believe that partnerships such as this represent a model of good practice for the flooring industry."
Stuart Carter, Head of PR & Marketing, TrustMark, says: "These days consumers expect high standards of workmanship and service so it's great news that the Quick-Step Academy is offering its Master Installers the opportunity to join TrustMark. We are here to protect consumers and signpost them to trustworthy and reputable firms and Quick-Step Master Installers have a lot to gain by being approved by TrustMark."
To find local quality TrustMark tradesmen visit www.trustmark.org.uk or visit www.quick-step-academy.co.uk to find about the courses available.