Career in the Kitchen Bedroom and Bathroom Industry
Considering a career in the Kitchen, Bedroom or Bathroom Industry can be a rewarding choice. There are a number of areas within the sector that require skilled individuals, these range from manufacturing, management, retailing, designing, installation, sales and customer service.
Having identified that there is a skills shortage within the KBB sector, the NTG have embarked upon a programme of developing training and education for the KBB Industry. This is a long road given the platform we have started on but we have made a start and in years to come the KBB industry will benefit from the efforts of those industry people who give of their time and efforts to build on such a programme.
The Role of a Kitchen Designer
A kitchen designer is a professional who is qualified through learning and experience to deliver creative solutions, prepare plans, working drawings and project manage the installation of kitchens.
They must be skilled in preparing a concise brief to ascertain the needs, activities and aspirations of their clients. This is followed by an extensive and accurate site survey taking into consideration the architectural restraints of the property, existing services and potential planning hazards that must be overcome.
The kitchen designer then prepares the design by hand or computer aided design software, specifying products to meet their client brief. They must have extensive product knowledge ensuring that what they specify is fit for purpose, be aware of current compliance and building regulations and knowledge that what they design is able to be successfully installed.
On completion of the design, specification, preparation of quotations etc, the kitchen designer must present the design concept and project costs to their client. At this point it is essential that the kitchen designer has the necessary sales and customer care skills In order to secure the order. Once the client approves the design and the contract signed, the kitchen sales order can be processed.
The role of the kitchen designer sometimes includes project managing the installation. In some cases they will be asked to liaise and coordinate various contractors. Most professional kitchen designers oversee the project from conception to completion.
Sector Skills Councils
Construction Skills is a Sector Skills Council and their remit is to work and engage with industries and employers to develop industry specific qualifications. The NTG have been working closely with both these sector skills councils in fulfilling their main objective which is to develop much needed qualifications for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom sector.
The formal process of developing qualifications is set out below:
Standards & Qualifications
Sector Skills Councils remit is to develop industry relevant standards and qualifications in response to industry need in collaboration with our employers, training providers and awarding bodies. This work is carried out in the context of our Qualifications Reform Groups. There is one for each of the industries we represent. The role of these groups is to develop and review new and existing standards and qualifications to meet the increasing demands of business. They therefore play an important role in ensuring the right training provision is in place to support investment in skills.
Standards and Qualifications we develop include:
• National Occupational Standards (NOS) – the building blocks of vocational qualifications that define the competencies an individual requires in order to do their job effectively and productively.
• National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) / Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) – nationally recognised qualifications.
• Foundation Degrees – work-based learning that offer your staff an opportunity to improve their skills on the job, combining work-based learning with technical, business, management and personal skills. Apprenticeship Frameworks – work-based training programmes that allow individuals to learn and earn at the same time by combining on and off the job training. They represent one of the best ways to develop the skills your business needs.
City and Guilds
City and Guilds provide vocational certification for occupational areas at seven levels within its Progressive Structure of Awards. To find out more information and further understand the pathway of vocational scheme development follow this link: www.cityandguilds.com/qualifications-explained.html