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Karndean revamps training offer with new academy

Karndean Designflooring Training Academy1Karndean Designflooring is introducing a new training academy as part of plans to expand its specialist training courses. 

Located at its head office in Evesham, Worcestershire, the training academy introduces eight installation bays, a 10sqm subfloor preparation area and open plan lecture space for group theory sessions. 

The new Karndean Training Academy will facilitate three-day fitting courses designed to accommodate all levels, from basic, intermediate to advanced, as well as one-day workshops. The workshops include the preparation and installation of floating floors, geo-metric Heritage collection installation and bespoke motifs and designs.  

‘With the demand for herringbone laying patterns, bespoke installations and new formats being introduced, we felt it was the right time to invest in our own training facility to support retail partners, trade installers and distributors looking to enhance or learn how to install luxury vinyl flooring,’ says Darren Robinson, Karndean Designflooring head of technical for UK and Europe (pictured centre).

‘Whereas previously we only had a basic or advanced option, the new suit of training courses have been carefully developed and re-designed to ensure installers stay at the forefront of trends in luxury vinyl flooring, as well as understanding the very latest installation practises covering all formats from gluedown, loose lay to rigid core. 

‘Installers attending the courses can also expect more in-depth practical sessions to improve the quality and ease of installation, introduction to sophisticated techniques and new skills to accommodate custom Karndean floors.’

The Karndean Training Academy is expecting to train more than 400 installers per year, and will officially open in January.