The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (Fiesta) is now working with the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) to help address education and training issues within the industry.
Fiesta already works with key KBB associations, such as the British Institute of KBB Installation (BiKBBI), the KBSA and The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET). The BMA’s chief executive, Tom Reynolds, will join the Fiesta executive.
Reynolds said: “People and skills are key to the long-term sustainability of the bathroom sector. [The Government’s] Kickstart [scheme] can help introduce a new generation to bathroom manufacturing roles and Fiesta’s Skills Plus service can help BMA members access that scheme. I’m looking forward to working with Gary and the team on the many other aspects of the skills agenda.”
Gary Baker, chairman of Fiesta, said: “Fiesta is about putting skills at the top of the agenda and helping the whole UK furniture and interiors industry recruit and retain the best talent on offer. We are therefore absolutely delighted to welcome into Fiesta the ‘voice of the bathroom industry’ in Tom Reynolds and his proactive team at the Bathroom Manufacturers Association.”
Recently, Fiesta has been encouraging those wanting to use the Government’s Kickstart scheme to work with its Skills Plus service to take advantage of the initiative.