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Structural Timber Association Goes For Growth

The Structural Timber Association has launched a new series of Going For Growth workshops.
The Structural Timber Association has launched a new series of Going For Growth workshops.

The workshops are designed to help businesses consolidate and grow their current operations, to ensure they are in the best position possible to capitalise on the current upturn in the construction industry.  They are specifically designed for erectors and installers of timber systems but would also be of benefit to other companies involved in these processes.

The new scheme is based on the STA’s Erector Mentoring Programme, which highlighted the need for additional levels of leadership and management within many supply chain companies, as well as the need to improve supervisory skills.

Attendees will hear about the outcomes of the Erector Mentoring Programme, with interactive sessions looking at how these can be implemented in any company.

Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of the Structural Timber Association, said: “Last year’s Erector Mentoring Programme proved extremely successful, with participating companies reporting an improvement in their bottom lines.  As a result of this, we have secured additional funding from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to build on these results and introduce the wider membership to the scheme.”

The workshops – which are free to attend – are taking place across the UK throughout April and May, with another series planned this autumn.  Places can be secured by e-mailing

Alongside the Going For Growth workshop, the STA has also announced another series of factory tours this spring.

Building on the success of last year’s programme, the RIBA-approved tours are designed to give architects, designers and house builders an understanding of the benefits of offsite manufacturing and timber-based construction.

The tours will include a presentation on building in timber, along with the chance to question technical experts at each of the member locations.

Simon Orrells, managing director of Frame Wise, commented: “Last year’s tours proved extremely beneficial for manufacturers and end-users alike, as it allowed both groups to understand each other’s needs.  We look forward to hosting another tour this year.”

More information about both of these initatives can be found on the events section of the STA website.

Lucas Fettes
Mary Riley Associates
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