TFT Woodexperts Limited
COVID-19 Safe Working Arrangements
At Woodexperts we have now adjusted our ways of working to accommodate the "New Normal". We are one of the first organisations to be operating under the guidelines of the newly updated British Standard document: 'Safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic - General guidelines for organisations: August 2020 Version 3'. In this way, we continue to be well ahead of the game.
To protect both our staff and our visitors, we have undertaken - and will continue to do so - full and frequent antiviral sterilisation procedures on all surfaces and handles throughout our premises. In addition, sterilising wipes, hand gel and facemasks will be available at all times, for anyone to use.
The new '1-metre plus' Social Distancing guidelines will be fully observed, to ensure that direct personal contact can be avoided.
With these measures in place, we are confident that our Education and Training Courses and our Examinations can continue in as near-normal a manner as possible: though with some new arrangements to maximise safe working - and we have now adapted our Courses to operate within the 'Blended Learning' model (as is now being used by the Universities). Therefore, certain tutorials will now happen via Video Conferencing (Zoom); although it is our primary intention to still conduct some elements of class-based training, where that is practicable - and also more conducive to achieving the desired Learning Outcomes.
Please contact us for full details of the ways in which we can help you to keep on learning; whilst staying as safe and healthy as possible in these unprecedented days.
TFT Woodexperts is now the "go-to" organisation for all that's best in wood knowledge: combining high quality technical knowledge on Timber and Wood-Based Products and Processes with many years of real-world practical experience in solving problems and putting things right.
TFT Woodexperts Limited provides Technical and Training Solutions for the Timber and Construction industries. We are an independent consultancy practice founded and run by an experienced Wood Scientist and technical building consultant.
TFT Woodexperts Limited can provide all the help you need to solve any technical timber problems, or meet training requirements for your staff.
What We Do
Woodexperts offer efficient, targeted training for your staff, helping them to learn exactly what you want them to learn,
TFT Woodexperts Ltd can provide Expert Witness Reports and site investigations that are essential to pursuing a successful claim.
TFT Woodexperts Ltd can provide consultancy services in all wood-based products and processes, as well as additional professional skills to help your company develop.
Some Of Our Clients
'Blended Learning' - Woodexperts' new approach to wood science teaching
Responding to the need for change as our industry gets back to business following the constrictions of lockdown, TFT Woodexperts Ltd have produced their solution to the question of education and training that would normally be heldin the classroom.
“Taking our cue from the major universities, as featured in the Press recently,” said Woodexperts director Jim Coulson, “we have introduced a new, ‘Blended Learning’ format for our most popular Course, the Level 4 Certificate in WoodScience and Timber Technology. Blended Learning is a new style of education in which students learn via online mediaas well as via traditional face-to-face leaning that we always use” he said. “This offers flexibility for both tutors andstudents in how the wood science study material is presented; and also gives variety to the learning experience.”
Woodexperts’ tutor Simon Brock commented “We made a start during Lockdown with one of our existing tutorial groups, because their scheduled tutorial had not happened due to the Covid outbreak. They found the online format easy to follow, and were supplied with a variety of slides and visual material, which they said had been very useful."
Luke Wilczynski of Hanson Plywood said, “The tutorial, split into smaller sections, was perfect for learning.
Personally I really enjoyed it via Zoom and I feel that with this particular section, I have taken it in the best, since the start of the course.”
Another Woodexperts client, Russwood Ltd of Newtonmore, in the Scottish Highlands, also took advantage of the new format to take part in an interim online chat, as the tutor was unable to travel to Scotland due to the restrictions.
“We were very pleased with the format and content of the first two days of the [face to face] course” said Russwood’s Managing Director John Russell “..and the attendees all remarked to me how much they enjoyed Jim Coulson’s engaging tutorial style”.
The interim online session helped the students to discuss aspects of the learning outcomes, tocompensate for the delay in holding their next scheduled tutorial.
Jim commented: “All new students for this qualification will be offered our blended learning format in future: which will consist of both the traditional classroom style, combined with a series of “bite-size” online tutorials, enabling a high level of flexibility with lower overall costs, with less need to travel or to be away from the workplace.”
The flexible layout can be configured to suit the needs of each client’s business, but it will be based on the following;
- DAY 1 : Characteristics of Wood as a Material - classroom format at Woodexperts’ or Client’s premises.
- DAY 2 : Grades and Qualities - online tutorials (scheduled to suit staffing needs)
- DAY 3 : Panel Products – classroom format, including practical work and samples
- DAY 4 : Processing and Manufacturing – online tutorials
- DAY 5 : Revision day – usually classroom format but could be partially online, depending on travelling and Social Distancing requirements
- EXAMINATION: To be a ‘blended’ format, with secure access to question papers ensuring confidentiality
“Woodexperts will be offering this new format, as we return to normal working in July, following the relaxation of Lockdown.” Jim Coulson concluded.
“We look forward to offering this exiting and innovative approach; so that as many timber industry professionals as possible can take advantage of these changes, to help them enhance and grow their knowledge of wood as a material.”
Where to Find Us
From the A1M leave the motorway at Junction 50. Follow the A61 for Ripon. After approx two thirds of a mile turn right into Melmerby Green Lane. After half a mile turn left into Barker Business Park. Turn first left into the car park and please park to the left of the gate.