It may be a relatively small trade body, but the Property Care Association (PCA) found the successful outcomes of a pilot course easily outweighed the effort of applying for CITB funding.
The PCA seeks to promote the highest standards of professionalism and expertise for specialists who resolve problems affecting buildings. It does this by listening and reacting quickly to the needs of the industry and providing the training and other support services that practitioners need.
In 2016, the body recognised an urgent need to develop and pilot a course in Property Level Flood Protection for Surveyors to address a skills gap in the sector, and applied for CITB funding.
Plugging a skills gap
“With only ten members of staff, we’re small team supporting a big trade association,” explains Lisa Holdich, the PCA’s Apprenticeship Scheme Manager.
“So it was a little daunting to gather all the information to put an application together by myself.”
“And as this is a very reactive and fast-moving industry, we always like to get courses up and running ‘yesterday’ so that people can get the training they need as soon as possible.”
“In an ideal world, the process could have been a little faster – but once the application was submitted and approved, we were delighted to receive funding of almost £2,300.”
The funding helped the PCA develop a two-day pilot course, which was attended by 16 employees from 14 businesses.