Property Care Trade Body Introduces In-House Training
07/06/2010

UK trade body and education provider, the Property Care Association (PCA) is taking its expertise to a wider audience with the introduction of specialised in-house training.

Online PR News – 06-July-2010 – – UK trade body and education provider, the Property Care Association (PCA) is taking its expertise to a wider audience with the introduction of specialised in-house training.

The PCA - recognised for offering a high standard of technical expertise and instruction in many areas of property care, including timber preservation, dampness, structural waterproofing and structural repair - has been offering a classroom-based training programme for many years.

However, the PCA has now extended its remit to offer professional bespoke in-house training packages, delivered directly to individual businesses and organisations.

Stephen Hodgson, general manager of the PCA, which has its headquarters in Huntingdon, said: “In-house training is especially beneficial to organisations with an interest in property care, such as housing associations and local councils, as well as those involved in basement conversions, wet room and swimming pool installation and flood remediators, as the workshops can be made specific to a particular subject area.

“Organisations do not have to be members of the Association to undertake the training.”

The PCA recently provided a half-day of training on ‘Understanding Condensation’, at the headquarters of Thrive Homes, a housing association based in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, that owns and manages 3700 rented and 440 leasehold homes across the Three Rivers District Council area.

An audience from the housing association – as well as local council representatives, tenants and leaseholders who had been invited along – learnt more about why condensation occurs, how it can be diagnosed and how it can be reduced to a manageable level.

Chief Executive of Thrive Homes Elspeth Mackenzie, said: “Not only was this a valuable half-day of training, but it also provided an excellent networking opportunity.

“Everyone in the room had an interest in housing one way or another, so we benefitted from getting to know each other.”

For more information on the full range of training and examinations offered by the PCA to property and construction professionals, log onto the web site at http://www.property-care.org where it is possible to download a full prospectus for the year and book on a course. Alternatively call the Association on 0844 375 4301.

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Notes To Editors

About the PCA
The PCA is the UK trade body representing property professionals working in the areas of structural repair, damp proofing, timber preservation, structural waterproofing and flood remediation. The Association is a member of TrustMark the scheme supported by the Government, to help property owners find reliable and trustworthy tradespeople to make home improvements.

The PCA - which has high standards of vetting for potential contractor members and carries out rigorous audits on existing members – incorporates the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA), which has been in formation for more than 75 years.

As well as delivering a trusted repair procedure, PCA members are able to carry out specialist surveys as part of the house-buying procedure to identify potential problems – as well as a range of other services designed to preserve and protect homes and buildings across the UK.

To find a PCA member log on to http://www.property-care.org and select the ‘Find A Member’ service.

About Thrive Homes
Thrive Homes is a housing association which owns and manages over 3,700 rented and 440 leasehold properties in Hertfordshire. Created in March 2008, Thrive Homes received resounding support with four out of five tenants voting to transfer across from Three Rivers District Council.

Our vision is clear: to create a thriving community where there are life choices and opportunities. We aim to provide high quality affordable homes and excellent services to help develop communities where people will enjoy living. We are in the second year of our £43 million five-year property improvement programme, in partnership with United House. We will continuously improve, so we deliver the best possible services for all our customers, offering value for money, maximum choice and the ability to influence decisions. Thrive Homes values inform the way we work. We are: open, respectful, excellent and reliable. For more information, visit our website http://www.thrivehomes.org.uk or freephone 0800 917 6077.

Thrive Homes, Building 3, Hatters Lane, Watford, Herts WD18 8YG
Tel: 020 8428 4428 Fax: 01923 693 815 Web: www.thrivehomes.org.uk

Press release issued by Lis Foster of Shepherd PR Limited, on behalf of the Property Care Association, telephone 01538 308685, mobile 07985 129315.