Driving up industry standards for the future

Stairways Driving up industry standards for the future

A ground-breaking new apprenticeship standard in the woodworking industry has been pioneered by Stairways Midlands.
The company was a “trailblazer” organisation which played a lead role in establishing Wood Products Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship (WPMO) aimed at modernising training in the sector and properly equipping those coming into it with the skills they need to thrive and push the sector on. It is designed to cater for modern operating practices, with volume automated joinery manufacture at its core, as opposed to older standards focused on on-site carpentry and joinery standards.

The standard is a Level 2 NVQ, takes 24 months to complete and is predominantly workplace-based.

The innovation comes as Stairways Midlands implements a new programme of installation training for both fire doors and staircases. It is part of the company’s ongoing investment in developing staff, adding value for customers and further raising industry standards.

Director Karen Wood said: “Presently, we offer what we call toolbox talks. These can be booked and arranged for delivery on-site, or at our premises. The series discusses how to store, handle and install our products, as well as detailing key knowledge surrounding building regulations and British standards. This helps ensure a compliant install, giving both the customer and end-user peace of mind.

“Manufacturers like us have a duty of care under Section 38 of the Building Regulations, which we take very seriously. It is not acceptable to take an order, manufacture the product, deliver it and just walk away. We must demonstrate that we are responsible and are actively seeking to upskill knowledge, both on-site and within our own business.

“We also offer advice and guidance around achieving design and compliance at the same time. We actively work with the architect and client to achieve the desired look while adhering to building regulations.”

Stairways Midlands is also a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) levy payer, which helps develop skills and training in the industry.

British Woodworking Federation – BWF has recently updated its website to provide an education section which features many courses for industry. Stairways Midlands is actively engaged with the Employee Training Hub and will be enrolling several employees to help further develop their careers.

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Stairways, founded in 1989, has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of carpentry and joinery products. Stairways now boast three state-of-art facilities that offer over 85,000 sq ft production capacity. Stairways goal is to raise their profile and brand awareness to become known throughout the industry as the UK’s leading staircase and door solution provider.

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Commitment

As a highly reputable firm within the industry, Stairways are dedicated to meeting their client’s product and application requirements. All materials used are manufactured to the highest quality and meet the relevant standards achieving ISO9001, FSC®, and various product certifications, whilst their staircases and door solutions are manufactured with compliance to UK building regulations & legislative standards in mind. Using the knowledge, passion, and experience acquired across all team members over the past thirty years, Stairways aim to continue to be the best in what they do.

THE FUTURE

Stairways are continuously looking for opportunities to improve and expand their service offering; this includes the investment in new machinery to further enhance and innovate the manufacturing process, with the aim to shorten lead times and increase overall in-house capacity. The changes Stairways employ are always focused upon improving the customer experience, to ensure their process remains as efficient as possible from start to finish.

THE HISTORY

Privately owned and managed since it was founded in 1989, Stairways has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of carpentry and joinery products. Starting as a small staircase manufacturer, Stairways now boast three state-of-art facilities that offer over 85,000 sq ft of bespoke and mass production capacity.

RESIDENTIAL

Stairways are passionate about helping national and regional housebuilders, architects and contractors complete large-scale project requirements within the residential sector. Stairways quality timber staircases and door solutions are often specified due to their functionality, flexibility and ease of installation, whilst offering peace of mind compliance.

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

Stairways are the perfect supplier of FSC® accredited range of door solutions. Offering a range of door and frame finishes, acoustic, fire and smoke resistant configurations that are ideally suited for heavy traffic student accommodation. Their vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions for a wide range of projects ensures that they consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification and performance requirements.

Leisure

Choose from Stairways variety of opening systems within the Eco-Mercial range to best assist with functionality and performance requirements. Our vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions and staircases for a wide range of projects ensures that we consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specifications, and performance requirements.

Education

Choose from Stairways variety of opening systems within the Eco-Mercial range to best assist with functionality and performance requirements. Our vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions and staircases for a wide range of projects ensures that we consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification and performance requirements.

Commercial

Stairways provide innovative design and finishing solutions to architects, specifiers and contractors. Our FSC® accredited range of door solution and staircase products are ideally suited for heavy-duty applications within the commercial sector.

Hotels

Stairways are one of the leading manufacturers of doors, door sets, and door solutions. Their door solutions for hotels and leisure facilities meet and exceed all the relevant safety and performance requirements, whilst achieving the relevant aesthetics in keeping with the building design.

Medical

Stairways are the perfect supplier of FSC® accredited range of door solutions. Offering a range of door and frame finishes, acoustic, fire and smoke resistant configurations that are ideally suited for heavy traffic medical facilities. Their vast experience with producing high volume, high-quality door solutions that consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification, and performance requirements.