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Showing the B&Q way.....

Britain’s largest DIY retailer B&Q have well and truly tapped in to the growing trend for DIY across the UK. A survey conducted by them indicated a number of key driving forces behind this trend. In particular:

Recession and a tightening of domestic budgets is providing a strong financial incentive to ‘do it yourself’.
Across many households the lady of the house is frankly getting fed up waiting for hubby to get around to that long list of jobs that never get done, so they’re equipping themselves with the required skills to get things done for themselves.
Keen to ensure that they meet the requirements of today’s DIY market, the retailer has set up a number of You Can Do It centres across the country. These centres offer training to anyone who fancies developing the skills to take on some of those lingering DIY tasks for themselves.

This article provides more insight into this trend, and the steps that B&Q have taken together with a first hand account of people who have used the service to great effect.

The article refers to a centre in Gilligham which we at The Construction Skills Centre are delighted to say were selected to help to design the training centre, and write the lesson plans. We also train the B&Q staff that deliver the training in store.

We think that’s a bit of a feather in our cap, and a strong endorsement from such a major player of the training quality we provide.

Source : Construction Skills College

03 May 2011
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Thank you for the excellent presentation that you gave at Woodbury Park on Thursday morning. It was very interesting and thought-provoking for our Retail members. The feedback has been excellent.

Martin Elliott. Chief Executive - Home Hardware.

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