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Changing the world of timber through education and training
17th May 2019

Changing the world of timber through education and training

Changing the world of timber through education and training

Nelson Mandela was right when he said that education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.  Both the Timber Trade  Federation and the Builders Merchants Federation have now refreshed their timber training  offering, bringing employers a range of options for changing outcomes in the world of timber supply.

At the Timber Forum on 23rd May, the BMF will give details of its Building Blocks training programme, which combines e-learning modules with coursework and downloadable reference materials.  Each Block is assessed and comprises between 12-20 hours of learning, earning credits towards an online award.

Sales training & development

Both Federations are now offering sales training linked to the professional recognition of a year’s membership to the Institute of Sales Management at executive level, further professionalising the supply chain.

“The key to embedding regular training as part of our industry’s culture is to offer programmes that deliver a definable return on investment for the employer, yet not at a cost that deters companies from making the commitment to staff training in the first place,” TTF Managing Director David Hopkins.

The TTF’s first three cohorts of sales management trainees are starting their 12-month courses in an accessible location in Coventry soon.

Affordable and accessible

In line with making training affordable and accessible, the TTF offers members training in a number of key areas from responsible purchasing to engaging with specifiers free of charge.

The Builders Merchants Federation’s large portfolio of training has now been brought together under its new brand, The BMF Learning Academy, which offers members third-party accredited training.

BMF Membership Services Director Richard Ellithorne comments: “The BMF’s vision is to enable members to develop excellence in building materials supply.”

The newly-updated BMF Diploma in Merchanting and the BMF Foundation Degree in Merchant Management will be the flagship BMF Learning Academy courses.