Master Fitter Challenge
THE FIT SHOW LAUNCHES THE MASTER FITTER CHALLENGE FOR 2014
and asks installers: Just How Good Do You Think You Are?
This year’s inaugural FIT Show proved its credentials as the event for the people in the front line of the window, door and conservatory industry through the first ever Master Fitter Challenge in association with FENSA, the ultimate test of installation skills.
For June 2014 the format will be similar: during the first two days of The FIT Show (Telford, June 10, 11, 12) eight installers will work to strict criteria established by assessors GQA in association with Andy Clegg of Fenestration College. They will be expected to install a window and a residential door, with the additional ‘tripping hazard’ of a resi’ door that has some devious faults built in. The tests are not about outright speed, but fast and efficient installation whilst observing installation best practice, health and safety procedures and of course, great customer-care. And of course, all under the watchful gaze of their peers, thousands of visitors to The FIT Show.
To reach that stage competitors will have undergone a searching telephone interview, and received a probing site visit by some of the UK’s most qualified and experienced fenestration assessors. It will not be easy. No stone will be left unturned to ensure an elite group of professional window, door and conservatory installers will be competing live at The FIT Show, on the specially constructed Pavilion.
Each will be competing for honour and professional pride although the prize fund of £10,000 is of course quite an incentive. The winner will walk away with £5,000, with £3,000 and £2,000 for the second and third places respectively. The winners will be announced during the FIT Show Gala dinner, in front of 800 guests.
Last event’s winner Arron Clegg (pictured above) was jubilant when he collected his cheque at the FIT Show Gala Dinner: “It is such an honour to be recognised as the industry’s number 1 Master Fitter. It was a tough competition, between some talented and competent installers who have a true dedication to their profession.
“I feel that winning such a prestigious title is a real acknowledgement that installing to a high quality, having an attention to detail and most importantly having a passion for what I do, really pays off.”
Mick Clayton, Managing Director of GQA, which manages the Master Fitter Challenge on behalf of The FIT Show, says The Master Fitter Challenge is a very real test of installer's skills: “There has been a very real improvement in the skill levels of installers in the window industry,” says Mick, “and we were impressed by the qualities shown by all finalists at the first Master Fitter Challenge. For 2014 we are gearing up for an even larger entry bag and expect the standards to be even higher. The Master Fitter Challenge is an excellent way of rewarding the skills and efforts made by the entrants.”
FENSA is the headline sponsor of the Master Fitter Challenge for the second year running and FIT Show organiser responsible for the competition, Paul Godwin, says it is highly appropriate: “FENSA has shown its commitment to raising standards by working with us again to stage the Master Fitter Challenge. There is a concerted will to raise the standards of window, door and conservatory installation and we at The FIT Show are delighted to provide the showcase for these skills. And of course, to provide some fun at the event as well. I am also delighted that, appropriately, The Independent Ratings Company has given its support to the competition.”
Closing date for entries is 31st of March 2014.
Competition rules and entry criteria
The Competition is open to individuals or teams of 2; this could be 2 Installers or 1 Installer and 1 Fitter’s mate. All Installers must have a minimum of 2 years Industry experience..
Due to the content of the Competition the entrants must be competent in the installation of domestic doors and windows, and fault identification and rectification.
Application is in the first instance done by completing the on line application form, available at
www.gqaqualifications.com, or www.fitshow.co.uk.
Application forms will be collated and all Installers will undergo a telephone interview where a number of technical questions will be asked. All applicants successfully completing this phase of the entry process will then receive a site visit by one of the team of Assessors to carry out an on-site observation of working practices. Following these processes an independent technical panel will select the finalists.
Participation is free of charge; all tools, equipment, access equipment, consumable items, PPE and other associated items must be provided by the Installation team. Participation will be entirely at the participant’s own risk, and participants will indemnify the organisers, assessment team, and the other participants / visitors against any liability and/or damage which may arise from their entry or participation.
Please note you will be required to attend the venue at the specified time and you are responsible for organising your own transport and ensuring you are free from work responsibilities for the necessary time.
The FIT Masterfitter competition is aimed at raising standards within the Industry and also raising the profile and image of the Industry and will be judged on quality and Health and Safety. To ensure the Competition aims are met all Installers must agree to the following rules:
Site visits will be completed by occupationally competent individuals licensed as assessors by GQA.
Any unsafe working practices or acts that do not comply with Building Regulations and Industry Codes of
Practice will be pointed out by the Assessor and where appropriate this information will be made known to the
Assessors will carry out a “toolbox talk” prior to the start of the Final and any items deemed by the Assessor to
be unsafe will not be used during the competition, this includes tools, equipment, PPE, chemicals and
Where the Assessor has decided any article of PPE intended for use is not acceptable and the Installer does
not have a replacement the Lead Assessor will issue PPE. The Installation team will not score any points for
this part of the criteria.
Any items that appear to breach copyright/ownership will not be used during the competition unless the
Installer can provide proof that copyright/ownership have not been breached.
Any logo/slogan from a Company other than the Installer’s own may be required to be removed or covered up
for the duration of the competition; these matters will be discussed on an individual basis.
Any decisions made by the Assessor will be covered by the FIT Masterfitter Appeals Procedure.
The Installation team will be assessed against agreed standardised criteria; this includes an allowed time limit,
going over the time allowed may not necessarily mean the Installation team is prevented from completing the
task but it will affect the score achieved.
Before, during and after the Competition there will be opportunities for extensive publicity and to maximise this
all Installers must agree that photographic and other means of publicity will be used by the Competition organisers and others the organisers choose to share this with.
By entering and participating in the Competition, participants accept these Rules irrevocably.