16 Aug 2023
In late July 2023, a collaborative effort between FCIA and Terry Bros Carpet Court Forbes led to an engaging and productive apprentice workshop in Forbes, New South Wales. Throughout the week-long initiative, a total of eight apprentices hailing from Cowra Carpet Court, Forbes Carpet Court, and Parkes Carpet Court joined forces to undertake a flooring replacement project within the local community.
Overseen by FCIA's adept site supervisor and experienced trainer/assessor, Ryan Van Den Heuvel, the apprentices eagerly tackled the installation tasks. The plan included the removal of old floor coverings, utilising grinders to refine the surfaces, applying feather finishing techniques, and installing new planks. The workshop proved to be an enriching experience, fostering an environment where the apprentices not only absorbed vital skills but also honed their collaborative abilities working together and helping each other.
One of the most valuable aspects of the workshop was the diverse learning opportunities it presented. Apprentices had the chance to experiment with various machinery and learn a variety of installation techniques, thereby broadening their skill sets. Witnessing these young learners work together, pooling their talents, and progressing in their abilities was truly inspiring.
The event's success was due to the support of not only the appretnices that attended but their employers who allowed them to attend; including Cowra Carpet Court, Terry Bros Carpet Court Forbes and Terry Bros Carpet Court Parkes.
Many thanks to Signature Floors and Ardex, alongside Terry Bros Carpet Court Forbes, for affording this invaluable workshop opportunity.