Last call for TTA Awards tickets

Last call for TTA Awards tickets

May 2018

The TTA Awards take place in just a few days time on Friday 18th May. This year the big event looks like it could be the best yet, with very high quality finalists in 16 categories and more to see and do on the Awards day than ever before.

So you are encouraged to purchase your tickets as soon as possible, if you have not already done so, as there is a real likelihood this year of the places selling out.

Individual places for the dinner cost £175 + VAT, while a table of 10 costs £1,575 + VAT. All enquiries to the TTA: awards@tile.org.uk or call the Awards hotline on: 0300 365 8453.

There is so much going on this year.  There are the Awards themselves, of course, plus the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award, along with great entertainment and superb networking opportunities.

The evening, which this year has a 1920s theme, will be hosted once again by the ever-popular Emma Jesson.

During the day The Tile Association Tiling Show, sponsored by British Ceramic Tile, will be held for the first time and looks like being a great success.

The Show opens at 10.00 am and exhibitors now number some 30 companies, including all nine of this year’s Gold Awards sponsors: Building Adhesives Ltd, British Ceramic Tile, Instarmac, N&C Nicobond, Norcros Adhesives, Shackerley (Holdings) Group Ltd, Tilemaster Adhesives, Trimline, and Walls & Floors.

All exhibitors at The Tile Association Tiling Show will have a unique special offer available at the Show, so visitors can be sure of some great bargains.

The St John’s Hotel will also be hosting a day of CPD Presentations, another new event this year for the TTA Awards. The CPD presentations will cover a range of material that is both wide and highly relevant.

The presenting companies, and the subjects of their presentations, are as follows:

  • Ardex: Specify Tiling in Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres
  • BAL: External Tiling Solutions for Balconies and Terraces
  • Shackerley (Holdings): SureClad Ventilated Façade Systems
  • Norcros Adhesives: Tiling to Anhydrite Screeds
  • Instarmac: Tiling to Underfloor Heating Systems
  • Nicholls & Clarke Group: Creating a Watertight Wetroom
  • Trimline Group: The Complete Tile Backerboard System;
  • Walls & Floors: Slip Resistance Considerations when Specifying Floor Tiling

A final attraction for what promises to be a packed day is a Golf Tournament taking place just up the road at the nearby Marriott Forest of Arden Golf & Country Club.

This will be an excellent opportunity to meet up with industry colleagues and network ahead of the big Awards night. The day starts at 9am for tea, coffee and bacon butties, with first tee at 10.27am. There will be prizes for Nearest to the Pin and Longest Drive, as well as individual prizes and the TTA Trophy. Email info@tile.org.uk to book places. It all adds up to an event which should not be missed by anyone in the tiling sector.

This year the Awards have three Silver sponsors as well: CITB, Lithofin and Local Heroes.

In response to the abolution of ‘grandfather rights’ for CSCS card applications, TTA secures funding to qualify tilers

CSCS has made recent changes to cards issued via Industry Accreditation (IA) - also known as Grandfather Rights. This Industry Accreditation Route was based on evidence of experience and knowledge rather than the achievement of a construction related qualification. Industry Accreditation (IA) - Grandfather Rights - are now no longer accepted for new CSCS card applications. However, to help tilers achieve their NVQ, and in turn register for CSCS cards, TTA has secured funding for the industry from CITB.

The TTA’s funding is likely to be of particular interest to those who have already gained their CSCS cards via the Industry Accreditation (IA) route, as time-served tilers. Although IA cards can currently be renewed every five years, the CSCS strategy is to phase these cards out by 2020.

However, experienced tilers who gained their CSCS cards via the industry Accreditation route can achieve an NVQ following just one day’s assessment of their work on site, which is known as the On-Site Assessment (OSAT) route.

The assessor will also need other supporting evidence of the candidate’s knowledge, which can be gathered verbally and through supporting documentation. Tilers who go down this route can carry on working, while being assessed to NVQ L2.

Another route is the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA); a one-day observed practical course at a Training Centre.

The industry needs more Floor & Wall Tiling NVQ Assessors for the future.  Funding is also available to those interested in training as an NVQ Assessor and expressions of interest are encouraged.  Please contact the TTA on support@tile.org.uk or by telephoning 0300 365 8453.

TTA support for the ‘Aldous Bill’
The Tile Association is lending its support to the Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill, also known as the Aldous Bill.

Being piloted through Parliament by Peter Aldous MP, with all-party support, the Bill aims to reform the practice of withholding retention moneys in construction contracts.

It stipulates that cash retentions have to be safeguarded within a retention deposit scheme. Unless the money is protected in this way, any clause in a construction contract which permits the deduction of cash retentions, would be invalid.

Political support for the Bill now numbers in excess of 100 MPs, a number which has increased ten-fold since the collapse of Carillion in January, due to the impact which lost retention money had on apprentices, jobs and investment in the sector.

The Tile Association now joins a coalition of over 75 industry bodies, representing 340,000 businesses, which support the plan that cash retentions owed to the supply chain should be held in trust.

This will improve fairness within the industry and provide a level playing field, especially for SMEs.

Sponsorship opportunities for Worldskills 2019
The TTA is encouraging member companies to take up the opportunity to sponsor the UK tiling team, who will be participating in the August 2019 WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia.

WorldSkills celebrates the next generation of young tilers in a skills competition which showcases world-class excellence. The UK team is seeking sponsorship from the tiling industry, presenting great opportunities for companies to achieve brand recognition in a prestigious high-skill environment.

Sponsor benefits will include:

  • Free use of Squad and Team UK logo in any marketing collateral
  • The opportunity for Team UK to be brand ambassadors
  • Free use of photography of the Squad and members of Team UK training and participating in competition
  • Partnership with WorldSkills UK to generate media opportunities
  • Branded clothing for competitors to wear when training and travelling to competitions
  • Profile on WorldSkills UK website and social media as a sponsor

Companies who are interested in exploring these opportunities should contact the TTA on 0300 365 8453 or info@tile.org.uk.

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