Following the outstanding success of the first Master Fitter Challenge at FIT Show 2013, this year’s competition has attracted even more applications from Installers willing to have their individual knowledge and practical skills put to the test. The applicants come from organisations far and wide; some are self-employed sole traders, others represent some of the best known names in the industry.
The first round of the required disciplines, a telephone interview carried out by GQA technical officers asking a standardised series of questions on building regulations and technical issues related to installing windows and doors, has now been completed. The depth and range of knowledge shown by the applicants was very strong; two of those taking part scored 100% with two others scoring 99.5%.
Those candidates who were successful have moved forward to the second round which is the on site observation; a number of these have already been completed with the last few planned for early May. This is where the competitors have the chance to demonstrate to GQA’s experienced assessors their individual skills and how they carry out their day to day tasks. The assessors are not only looking for a correct and compliant installation but also how the installer manages a safe working environment for all and attitudes to such key elements as customer care and consideration.
Although the competition was fierce last year there was a strong feeling of camaraderie between the finalists and the experience must have been enjoyable as four of the 2013 finalists are, at the time of print, still in the running for the June 2014 final.
Once the second round has been completed an independent panel will then select the eight finalists who will then need to demonstrate their skills to a larger audience at the Telford International Exhibition Centre in June.
Sean Hayes from GQA said: "Last year was a great competition but GQA's fenestration specialist, Andy Carrington, who also acts as external quality advisor/technical officer, has raised the bar even higher for 2014 with his team of dedicated assessors. I'm really looking forward to seeing who comes out on top this year."
The FIT Show takes place at the Telford International Centre June 10th-12th with the FIT Show Gala Dinner on the evening of Wednesday June 11th.