Terry Parker: sharing a common vision on training.

BMF appoints wood training specialists

Published:  30 November, 2011

BRISTOL: Didac, the wood industry training specialist, has secured a partnership with the Builders' Merchants Federation to manage the organisation's apprentice training division.

The deal will ensure a greater diversity of courses, additional funding streams, and a raft of industrial and process training courses – all of which will become available to BMF members. In addition, the management training skills programmes will be rolled out across the whole of the woodworking sector.

The six-strong BMF apprenticeship team, including apprenticeship manager Nina Royle, have transferred to Didac, ensuring that those who are currently on BMF courses will be unaffected by the changes.

Martin James, commercial director of Didac, commented: "This is an excellent move that will increase the amount of government-funded training available to employers across the woodworking, furniture and builders' merchant sector.

Terry Parker, chairman of the BMF, said: "The board exercised a great deal of care in selecting a partner which really understood the needs of the industry. Didac already has an excellent reputation. We share a common vision to ensure specialist industry sectors like merchanting and sawmilling don't get overlooked when it comes to allocating resources."

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