This year’s inaugural FIT Show proved its credentials as the event for the people in the front line of the window, door and conservatory industry through the first ever Master Fitter Challenge in association with FENSA, the ultimate test of installation skills.
For June 2014 the format will be similar: during the first two days of The FIT Show (Telford, June 10, 11, 12 2014) eight installers will work to strict criteria established by assessors GQA in association with Andy Clegg of Fenestration College. They will be expected to install a window and a residential door, with the additional ‘tripping hazard’ of a resi’ door that has some devious faults built in. The tests are not about outright speed, but fast and efficient installation whilst observing installation best practice, health and safety procedures and of course, great customer-care. And of course, all under the watchful gaze of their peers, thousands of visitors to The FIT Show.
To reach that stage competitors will have undergone a searching telephone interview, received a probing site visit by some of the UK’s most qualified and experienced fenestration assessors. It will not be easy. No stone will be left unturned to ensure an elite group of professional window, door and conservatory installers will be competing live before their peers at The FIT Show, on the specially constructed Pavilion.
Each will be competing for honour and professional pride although the prize fund of £10,000 is of course quite an incentive. The winner will walk away with £5,000, with £3,000 and £2,000 for the second and third places respectively. The winners will be announced during the FIT Show Gala dinner, in front of 800 guests.
Last event’s winner Arron Clegg was jubilant when he collected his cheque at the FIT Show Gala Dinner: “It is such an honour to be recognised as the industry’s number 1 Masterfitter. It was a tough competition, between some talented and competent installers who have a true dedication to their profession.
“I feel that winning such a prestigious title is a real acknowledgement that installing to a high quality, having an attention to detail and most importantly having a passion for what I do, really pays off.”
Mick Clayton, Managing Director of GQA, which manages the Master Fitter Challenge on behalf of The FIT Show, says The Master Fitter Challenge is a very real test of installers skills: “There has been a very real improvement in the skill levels of installers in the window industry,” says Mick, “and we were impressed by the qualities shown by all finalists at the first Master Fitter Challenge. For 2014 we are gearing up for an even larger entry bag and expect the standards to be even higher. The Master Fitter Challenge is an excellent way of rewarding the skills and efforts made by the entrants.”
FENSA is the headline sponsor of the Master Fitter Challenge for the second year running and FIT Show organiser responsible for the competition, Paul Godwin, says it is highly appropriate: “FENSA has shown its commitment to raising standards by working with us again to stage the Master Fitter Challenge. There is a concerted will to raise the standards of window, door and conservatory installation and we at The FIT Show are delighted to provide the showcase for these skills. And of course, to provide some fun at the event as well. I am also delighted that, appropriately, The Independent Ratings Company has given its support to the competition.”
Full details of how to enter The FIT Show Master Fitter Challenge may be found at: www.fitshow.co.uk.
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