Monday, 1 August 2011

Welcome to our new blog

Thank you for taking the time to visit our new blog.  Over the coming weeks and months we shall be taking to our blog to tell you a little more about ourselves and what we can do for you. Why should you train your employees? What impact has Skills Cards had on the stone sector? What are Specialist Apprentice Programmes? Check back regularly to find out!

So who are we?

StoneTrain was formed to provide training for the natural stone industry and in particular for Stone Federation Great Britain members.

It is run for the industry, by the industry.

All the training provided is realistically priced to reflect today’s market place and StoneTrain is dedicated to supply training on a flexible basis and in formats best suited to the needs of employers and employees alike.

Those involved in providing the training are leading authorities in their field and are fully aware of the commercial realities and challenges faced by the stone industry.  Regular research undertaken by Stone Federation, who administers StoneTrain in partnership with the Natural Stone Industry Training Group (NSITG), ensures that StoneTrain is aware of new training needs and opportunities and is thus able to provide for these ahead of the competition.

StoneTrain certificates endorsed by Stone Federation GB are awarded at the end of courses when candidates are successful.

Crucially, many courses are eligible for ConstructionSkills grants that limit the investment needed from employers.  Our close relationship with ConstructionSkills means that we are always aware of funding availability and thus in the best position to advise you.  We ensure that our training can be delivered to you as affordably as possible.

Stone Federation GB is committed to maintain a highly skilled and trained workforce and regular, open dialogue with the Federation’s members and others working in the natural stone industry.  This ensures that the industry as a whole feels engaged and fully involved at all times.

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