Jack Carmichael are dedicated to training and employing qualified Floor Layers. Director, Neil Carmichael was formerly Chairman of the Contract Flooring Association (Scotland) and worked directly with trade associations and qualifying bodies to change and improve flooring qualifications standards throughout the UK. In September 2014 Neil stood down from all industry positions due other commitments.
Training in Scotland (05/08/2013)
Around ten years ago it became apparent that a major skills shortage was forming in our area for skilled Floor Layers. Jack Carmichael Flooring decided that something must be done and began a programme of employing and properly training apprentices to recognised qualifications within the industry.
This had not happened in Moray for some time. We commenced our training programme, however found that the training available was not really fit for purpose locally, and that the only ‘true’ flooring college training in Scotland was at Glasgow Metropolitan College in Glasgow, now Glasgow City College.
We sent apprentices through this course along with on-site training with ourselves and had several successes.
However we were disappointed to find that the same qualification was being given to tradesmen who attended one day courses or, on some occasions didn’t even attend, as our trainees who carried out a full four year apprenticeship.
Creating industry qualifications
Talks took place and it was decided by both organisations that the AFCC should be absorbed within the CFA and a separate Scottish committee formed as part of the association.
Jack Carmichael Managing Director, Neil Carmichael was selected to be the Chairman of the CFA Scottish Committee in 2000, a position he has now held for three years.
In his new position, Neil has made the training of apprentices his main priority and with the support of The CFA has managed to oversee the introduction of a new SVQ Level 3 qualification in Decorative Floor Laying.
This forms part of a four year apprenticeship and cannot be passed without a practical skills test at the end of year four.
This standard applies to the whole of Scotland and i