An independent evaluatorâ€™s report of the Timber Frame Skillnetâ€™s activities for the last 24 months has concluded that proper training of site personnel can lead to substantial cash savings.
Online PR News – 07-August-2010 – – An independent evaluatorâ€™s report of the Timber Frame Skillnetâ€™s activities for the last 24 months has concluded that proper training of site personnel can lead to substantial cash savings.
The report noted that Skillnets funding enabled the development of an accredited training course for timber frame site erectors and that the Irish Timber Frame Manufacturers Association (ITFMA) had become a City & Guilds approved training centre. Calling this course a flagship project the report went on to say that it had put training and certification in place in a key area.
The evaluator was also able to estimate the financial benefits of the course. The key benefit was a reduction in rework broken down into two main classes: minor reworks requiring a one person day and major reworks requiring a full team for one or two weeks.
Companies who sent erectors on the course subsequently found that once personnel had been trained the number of reworks halved leading to an average cost saving of â‚¬1,500 per house. Even if a timber frame company was only producing 50 kits a year, savings of up to â‚¬75,000 could be achieved.
Commenting on the findings of the report ITFMA Manager Philip Mahony said: â€śObviously the driving force for developing the course in the first place was to improve the quality of work on site. And even though most of the erectors who attended the courses were all experienced individuals they still stated that they had acquired much knowledge that was both new and practical. The old adage is that in recessionary times the training budget is the first to suffer. However the evaluatorâ€™s comments disprove that theory.â€ť
The ITFMA has now received further funding from Skillnets to cover its training activities for the remainder of 2010. Under the banner of the Eco Construction Skillnet training of timber frame site erectors will continue and a wider range of courses will also be rolled out. Details of these will be listed on www.itfma.ie as they occur.
The Eco Construction Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.