The trussed rafter industry is working hard to upskill employees, as the construction industry continues to struggle with skills shortages, with sign-ups for specialist training quadrupling.
The online training course run by the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) in association with Edinburgh Napier University, is proving popular with trussed rafter designers.
“Training for TRA members is going from strength to strength and it’s remarkable how well the course is doing,” said Nick Boulton, TRA chief executive. “It’s a credit to the TRA members and their employees for wanting to be better at their job to provide a better service for their customers.”
Gabor Vince from Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd, and Frank Kyne from Wyckham Blackwell Ltd are the highest scorers for the Introduction to Trussed Rafter Design online course and have been given the opportunity to visit a Swedish forestry and sawmilling operation courtesy of Vida Wood UK Ltd.
“It’s great to be rewarded for doing a course that, for me, was fundamental to my professional development,” said Vince. “Going to Sweden will be a real eye-opener getting out into the forest to witness how it all works through the whole felling and logging process and seeing how the timber is processed at the mill.”
Kyne added: “The course for me was very useful and a great test of my skills. Being able to do this all online was really important to me as I would never have found the spare time to complete this otherwise.
“I can’t wait to go to Sweden and see how my work and my colleagues’ work weaves into what’s happening out in the forest and the mills. It’s a fantastic opportunity.”
The online training course is available in two elements: Part 1 Essentials and Part 2 Advanced. Part 1 is suitable for new staff and designers while part 2 is aimed purely at designers.
TRA members can claim up to two units of training completed per site within three months of registering.