A collaboration agreement between the BWF and the Structural Timber Association will be launched at Timber Expo, October 6th.
BFW and STA will sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Taken together, the contribution to the UK economy of the sectors they represent is estimated to be around £4 billion a year.
David Pattenden, BWF president, said: “The BWF is continuing to build long-term, cooperative relationships with organisations which share our vision and values for the growth of the UK wood products manufacturing sector.
“There are many areas in which our interests overlap, including health and safety culture, managing specification through the supply chain, promoting the advantages of timber, quality management, fair payments, and training and skills issues.”
Lawrence Young, STA chairman, added: “The dialogue between our organisations has always been strong, but this MOU will help provide a framework for our regular communication and complementary activities.
“It’s about bringing together two major elements of timber in construction. We aim to grow the market for the benefit of the structural timber products which go into constructing our buildings as well as the ‘on show’ products which fill those buildings.”
Together, they plan to collaborate on promotional activities, combine their lobbying on apprenticeships, and explore options for a shared CPD framework.
On October 7th, an online learning portal for joinery manufacturers and woodworking firms will be launched.
The BWF E-Learning Zone features interactive training resources, covering estimating, BIM, contract procedures, administration, project management, procurement, and surveying. It also includes fire door training modules by the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme.
Hannah Mansell, BWF schemes and technical manager, commented: “The new E-Learning Zone will ensure everyone in the industry is fully trained for the new procedures, and will also help in preparing for the CE Marking of fire doorsets.”
Also being launched is this year’s shortlist of entries for the BWF Woodworking Awards. In addition, the BWF is delivering three certified CPD events October 7th and October 8th.
On October 7th Hannah Mansell talks about ‘Timber staircases – the art of structure’ and ‘How safe are your fire doors – what the inspector saw’. On October 8th Iain McIlwee, presents ‘Looking ahead through timber windows’.
The UK Construction Week Octber 6th – 11th, will include nine shows, including Timber Expo, the Surface & Materials Show, Build Show and Grand Designs Live.