Training and events
There are many Business Opportunities in the Paving Industry, and the Profits from good jobs can be very attractive…. but the Losses incurred from mistakes can be VERY expensive.
Everyone makes mistakes but you can reduce many of them with the knowledge gained at one of our confidence-giving, professionally-run Training Courses.
Whether you are already involved in the industry and looking for a new “string to your bow” or are considering a new start-up business, our comprehensive series of courses and open days will give you the technical, practical and on-site advantages you need to ensure success.
How are we Qualified to Train You?
Having run literally hundreds of courses over the last decade or two we reckon we should know what we’re doing by now! But just to give you an added level of confidence PICS technical staff were instrumental in the development and creation of a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 for Imprinted and Decorative Concrete, working alongside the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and leading industry bodies including The Concrete Society.
We were also instrumental in creating and maintaining an industry recognised standard, The Concrete Society Model Installation Clause for Imprinted and Decorative Concrete.
We hold regular Open Days at various locations across the country where you can meet the Team, see new developments and products and ask lots of questions.
PICSPAVE Evaluation Presentation
Newbury 10.00 – 14.00
Wednesday 25th August
Wednesday 29th September
Wednesday 13th October
Sheffield 10.00 – 14.00
Wednesday 8th September
Wednesday 6th October
The objective of this free half day presentation is to enable you to evaluate the benefits of starting a new business in this field or adding the installation and marketing of PICSPAVE to your current business.
You will discuss the financial costs and profit potential, along with the marketing input required to successfully build and market PICSPAVE in your local area.
You will understand all the costs involved in setting up a team of installers, covering the tools, equipment and training requirements, along with successful marketing strategies which the team at PICS have gained from years of working with many of the most successful companies in the industry. We will provide an opportunity to plan for the next step forward and agree an action plan specifically for your business.
PICSPAVE Theory Training
Newbury 09.00 – 17.30
Tuesday 14th May 2013
Thursday 11th June 2013
Manchester 09.00 – 17.30
Wednesday 24th April 2013
Tuesday 18th June 2013
Sheffield 09.00 – 17.30
Wednesday 22nd May 2013
The objective of the Theory Training day is to enable attendees to understand the key principles, skills and issues involved in undertaking a complete PICSPAVE installation. All the required tools, material requirements and imprinting mats will be identified, and key facts to enable installers to improve the selling and marketing of PICSPAVE will be discussed.
PICSPAVE On-Site Training UK
The objective of On-Site training is to produce installers who are able to confidently and efficiently install areas of PICSPAVE to a high standard, and who can then reproduce that standard with minimal remedial work.
The basic on-site training day covers concrete laying, colouring, use of release agents, imprinting borders and patterns and is based on a one day site visit. Although not normally necessary, additional days covering site preparation and planning, installing movement joints, the washing off or the sealing processes can be arranged as required.
PICSPAVE On-Site Training International
The training plans are based on a 10 day visit outside the UK excluding travel.
The plans include a guide as to how many square metres of PICSPAVE will be installed each day. Increased productivity must not be at the sacrifice of quality training and a thorough understanding of the process.
The primary objective of the training programme is to produce trainees who are able to confidently and efficiently install areas of PICSPAVE to a productivity level that is relative to their experience. Installations should be to a consistently good standard with minimal remedials and corrections. They should also have sufficient understanding of the process to be able to plan ahead for the entire cycle of the paving installation.
WALLCRETE Theory and Practical Training
Newbury 10.00 – 16.30
Tuesday 23rd April 2013
Tuesday 30th July 2013
Sheffield 10.00 – 16.30
Thursday 27th June 2013
Manchester 10.00 – 16.30
Thursday 30th May 2013
The objective of this informal classroom day is for those attending to gain a thorough understanding of the system, the basic skills involved, the size of the market, the investment required to get started, achievable profit targets and how to reach them.
The theory session covers the basic concept of the WALLCRETE system, what is required to produce great results, an outline of the enormous potential that exists for businesses entering this market and how to maximise that profit potential.
The practical training covers the essential planning, preparation and priming of the surface, the application of WALLCRETE itself and how to imprint the patterns and add artistic carving, colouring and added features to produce the best results.
Contractors already involved in imprinted concrete will already have most of the required skills and knowledge so should readily be able to add WALLCRETE to their portfolio of services.
WALLCRETE On-Site Training
The WALLCRETE classroom training day thoroughly covers the theory and practical aspects of the system; because the installation process is not particularly time critical we have found that there is seldom the need for further on site training, particularly for those already involved in the imprinted concrete industry. As installers gain experience and develop their skills, questions are bound to arise but these can normally be handled very well with a telephone call to our technical department.
Where it is felt that on-site training would be beneficial we are happy to attend to offer advice on any of the stages of the process, whether that be:
- Initial Planning and Preparation.
- Applying WALLCRETE and Imprinting the render.
- Carving the wall after imprinting.
- Colouring and sealing.
DRIVEWAY REFURBISHMENT Training
Newbury 10.00 – 15.00
Thursday 2nd May 2013
Sheffield 09.00 – 14.00
Wednesday 20th March 2013
Wednesday 5th June 2013
Manchester 09.00 – 14.00
Wednesday 17th April 2013
Wednesday 10th July 2013
PICS provide a one-stop shop for companies involved in the DRIVEWAY CLEANING and REFURBISHMENT business. We manufacture and supply products that are used on the full range of paving surfaces. This one day programme covers the full range of PICS refurbishment products and enables the contractor to identify opportunities which can be added to their existing business, or for those evaluating the sector, the opportunity to build their business plan around a wider range of products and services.
The opportunity to share ideas and experiences makes this a useful and informative programme for contractors and marketing organisations alike.
PICSBOND Theory and Practical Training
Newbury 10.00 – 15.00
Tuesday 30th April 2013
Wednesday 29th May 2013
Wednesday 26th June 2013
Sheffield 09.00 – 15.00
Wednesday 10th April 2013
Wednesday 29th June 2013
Manchester 09.00 – 15.00
Wednesday 15th May 2013
PICS provide an opportunity to see both the PICSBOND Trowel Down and the PICSBOND Broadcast systems being mixed and laid with an opportunity provided for attendees to get hands-on with both products.
All tools, consumable materials, and base preparation required for successful overlays will be discussed, with additional focus on marketing and promotional activities to ensure that opportunities are effectively exploited.
PICSBOND On-Site Training
PICS will carry out on-site training to order, both inside and outside the UK. All material requirements will be organized and delivered to site prior to the training being undertaken, and necessary site preparation and plans for the design and layout of the project will be discussed with the trainer beforehand.