STEPs – the Specialist Technical Education Programs, innovative online learning and training for tradesmen working in the interior fit-out and building finishes sectors, has been accredited by CITB, the Construction Industry Training Board. STEPs training is for contractors who want to target zero defects, control costs and improve safety.
STEPs was conceived in response to the Hackitt Report. In trials it has been show to improve productivity, reduce defects and provide an audit trail of competence training for operatives and management. A robust audit trail means it will help contractors meet their obligations under the new Building Safety Act.
CITB has now recognised STEPs as an approved skills training course within the fit-out and building finishes sector. Employers registered with CITB can apply for grants to cover the cost of a STEPs training course.
Designed as an easy to use online application, STEPs works alongside existing NVQs and apprenticeships. It also fills the gaps in knowledge and awareness by usingultra-high resolution graphics to show the detail of typical ceiling and wall systems and indicate how they should be installed and what potential snags to be aware of.
Steve Halcrow, the co-founder and operations director, said: “STEPs is part of our commitment to help contractors achieve zero defects. It gives employers an opportunity to benchmark knowledge and competence of ceiling, drylining, and firestopping teams and strengthen skills in a proactive way rather than responding to a problem.
“Online e-learning courses like STEPS are an alternative to face-to-face training, so that construction workers can learn at their own pace, at any time, remotely. Making sure that everyone has access to this information could not be more important, which is why we devised the programme in a clear, concise and digestible format for all levels of literacy.”