The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installers (iKBBI ) held a reception event at The House of Commons on Tuesday 19th July to commemorate its tenth anniversary.
The iKBBI is focused on the installation sector and the wider industry via its three core pillars (Education, Standards & Support) and implements various initiatives to deliver success.
At the House of Commons event, iKBBI launched an online learning portal to its members, developed by online learning specialist Virtual College in conjunction with CTSI, a key deliverer of information and guidance to businesses on trading standards law.
Kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installers will now be able to access a range of handpicked online training resources suitable for kitchen, bedroom and bathroom retail and installation businesses of all sizes. These courses range from health & safety to customer care, time management, asbestos awareness and trading fairly.
iKBBI Chief Executive, Damian Walters, commented on the launch: “Online learning can provide particular benefits for our industry as it can be used flexibly, anytime and anywhere there is access to the Internet.
“Installers are genuinely busy people that simply cannot afford to take much time out to undertake CPD in person – a directory of online opportunities therefore provides them with access to learning at a time and pace that is suitable to them.”
Both iKBBI members and the wider KBB industry will be able to access the learning portal directly from the website (www.ikbbi.org.uk) and choose those courses from within their iAcademy portal which meet the specific needs of their staff.
Mandy Garnham, Commercial Training Executive at Chartered Trading Standards Institute, stated:
”At CTSI we encourage corporate leadership to adopt a culture and attitude that promotes good trading practices and compliance and we are excited about the benefits that this new initiative can bring to iKBBI members.”
NOTES TO THE EDITOR:
Virtual College won the prestigious ‘E-learning development company of the year 2015’ in the independently-judged global awards. Virtual College has developed into one of the UK's leading providers of total solutions within the e-learning arena. Its key objective is to help enhance the traditional learning solution through the careful integration of technology.
Founded in 1995, today Virtual College has over 2 million registered online learners and this is growing at a rate of over 1,500 a day, across both public and private sectors. The company has developed a comprehensive product range, including over 300 online courses, accessed via the company's own Learning Management System, as well as offering a complete content design and development service.
Further information is available at www.virtual-college.co.uk.
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (iKBBI) is a government sanctioned and not-for-profit registered organisation dedicated to the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installation sector. The Company is Limited by Guarantee and registered in England & Wales (6533488).
It represents the largest independent network of specialist KBB installers, with over 4,000 businesses registered across the UK, including national retailers B&Q, Bathstore and John Lewis Partnership.
Full information can be obtained via their website www.ikbbi.org.uk or via their Communications Manager, Denise Mayell – firstname.lastname@example.org