Architectural ironmongers across the world are jumping online to pursue British qualifications through the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) new online Education Hub.

Numbers signing up for the GAI’s Diploma programme have leapt since GAI launched the Education Hub in September 2015 to make its huge wealth of educational resources available globally via the web. Total enrolment is up by 23% on the previous year. Students are now studying the same GAI courses in 25 countries, with nearly half of the total based outside the UK.

Gary Amer, chief executive of the GAI, said: “This significant increase in interest shows just how far we’ve come in creating an online learning environment that answers students’ requirements for greater flexibility, and benefits those who can now easily fit their studies in around their working lives.”

Identified by GAI members recently as the brightest jewel in the Guild’s crown, the education programme has been running since 1961 and has built up an international reputation. The Education Hub is its latest development, making the entire range of GAI education, Certificate and Diploma qualification and CPD materials available online for the first time.

The majority of students currently signed up on the Education Hub are studying for GAI’s Certificate in Architectural Hardware qualification, a two-stage programme that leads on to Stage 3, the Diploma qualification. The Hub also offers a Foundation in Hardware for those seeking an insight into the basics of architectural ironmongery, and CPD to keep those already qualified up to date.

For more information, or to sign up to any courses, visit the Education Hub.