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Kawneer KICs off a new approach to training

Main contractors are now joining sub-contractors on Kawneer's installation course.
Published 26 November 2012

To meet the increasing trend for main contractors to influence the specification process, Kawneer now includes them in its installation course traditionally aimed at specialist sub-contractors. The KIC (Kawneer Installation Certification) course is an intensive two-day training programme designed to provide a structured, strategic approach to the installation of Kawneer's curtain walling, window, door and framing systems.

Since it was launched, hundreds of industry personnel have attended. As well as specialist sub-contract installers, the course has also been aimed at main contractor envelope personnel to give them not only the opportunity to improve their knowledge of architectural systems installation but also to benchmark the credentials of the specialist sub-contractor.

This helps to minimise risk and maximise quality of workmanship on site. The KIC course involves a written examination and on successful completion the trainee is issued with a photo ID card and a unique KIC registration number. Some 75% of those attending the course have achieved this level and been logged onto Kawneer's database should verification be required. Training manager Gary Ledger said: "Through KIC training we have an excellent opportunity to differentiate ourselves within the marketplace and create an environment of best practice in standardised installation."

Kawneer's network of approved installers includes contractors with whole envelope capability, allowing a single brief for projects with interfaces between, for example, curtain walling and timber cladding or roofing and cladding, as well as contractors with specialist experience in specific sectors such as education where they are also SCAPE approved. Alongside training in the fabrication and installation of Kawneer systems, the installer network is already vetted against strict criteria including standards for financial stability, suitable expertise, skills levels, robust QA procedures and appropriate manpower and logistics resources.


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