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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 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.

Open Days

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 Theory Training

Dates

Newbury 09.00 – 17.30
Tuesday 6th June 2017
Tuesday 11th July 2017
Tuesday 12th September 2017

Manchester 09.00 – 17.30
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Tuesday 20th June 2017
Tuesday 1st August 2017

Sheffield 09.00 – 17.30
Tuesday 18th July 2017

Further Sheffield dates are
available. For more details,
please call PICS Sheffield
on 01909 568189

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.

PICSPAVE Evaluation Presentation

Dates

Newbury Depot
To arrange a suitable date
Please call 01635 202224

Sheffield Depot
To arrange a suitable date
Please call 01909 568189

Manchester Depot
To arrange a suitable date
Please call 0161 775 7412

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.

WALLCRETE Theory and Practical Training

Dates

Newbury 10.00 – 16.30
Wednesday 8th February 2017
Wednesday 15th March 2017
Wednesday 26th April 2017

Manchester 10.00 – 16.30
Wednesday 15th February 2017
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Wednesday 17th May 2017


Sheffield 10.00 – 16.30
Wednesday 1st February 2017
Wednesday 19th July 2017

Further Sheffield dates are
available. For more details,
please call PICS Sheffield
on 01909 568189

The objective of this 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 day 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 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.

If you feel 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. 

PICSBOND Evaluation Presentation

Dates

Newbury Depot
To arrange a suitable date
Please call 01635 202224

Sheffield Depot
To arrange a suitable date
Please call 01909 568189

Manchester Depot
To arrange a suitable date
Please call 0161 775 7412

PICS provide the theory and skills required to install both the PICSBOND Trowel Down and PICSBOND Broadcast systems with an understanding of the products and alternatives available.

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 sales opportunities are effectively exploited.

There is additional information provided to consider using the Picspave Textured Skin and exposed aggregate methods of using concrete if a complete paving replacement is necessary.

PICSBOND On-Site Training

PICS will carry out on-site training to order, both inside and outside the UK. All material requirements will be organised 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.

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