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StoneTrain was formed to provide training for the natural stone industry and in particular for Stone Federation Great Britain members.

It is run for the industry, by the industry.

Why Train?

Why Train?

In today's business environment success means providing quality products and services at prices the customer is prepared to pay.  Developing and maintaining a reputation for quality and value involves keeping up with new materials, tools and techniques in order to stay ahead of your competitors.  To do that, you need skilled and motivated people who are proactive, know the job thoroughly and understand your business priorities. more...

Courses

Courses

What is StoneTrain and what can StoneTrain do for you?

In today's business environment success means providing quality products and services at prices the customer is prepared to pay.  Developing and maintaining a reputation for quality and value involves keeping up with new legislation, materials, tools and techniques in order to stay ahead of your competitors.  To do that, you need skilled and motivated people who are proactive, know the job thoroughly and understand your business priorities. more...

Grants

Grants

The Impact of Skills Cards

The Impact of Skills Cards on the Stone Sector

CSCS or the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme Card was set up to help the construction industry
improve quality and reduce accidents. Over 1.5 million people now possess one. more...

Natural Stone Industry Training Group

Natural Stone Industry Training Group

Career in the Stone Industry?

Are you looking for a Career in the Stone Industry?

The natural stone industry offers everyone a wide and varied range of skills. Whether you like working as part of a team or alone, inside or outside, whether you are academic or prefer working with your hands, whether you are just starting out or you are looking for a career change, stone can offer you an interesting choice of careers. more...

Partners & Accreditation

Partners & Accreditation

Stone Federation Great Britain is the official trade association for the natural stone industry.  The Federation co-ordinates all aspects of the industry and provides specifiers and users with a first point of contact for information, advice and guidance in sourcing appropriate materials and a reliable service. more...

Free On-line training

Free On-line training

This online training facility is currently open to members of Stone Federation only.  If you are a member please click here for log in details.

As part of its commitment to raising skills in the natural stone industry, Stone Federation GB is pleased to invite you to participate in its free on-line management training courses. more...



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Blog

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Contact us

Contact us

For any information and advice on issues involving training in stone including careers advice and sourcing courses please click here.

Personal Profiles

Personal Profiles

StoneTrain is managed for Stone Federation GB by the combined resources of two consultant agencies with extensive experience in the natural stone industry both as accredited trainers and assessors, in the wider world of construction and also in premium brand sales, marketing and training. more...

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An Apprenticeship is a commitment by both the employer and the employee. They are the most effective way to achieve qualified operative status in the sector regardless of age and are available from age 18 to 63, Specialist Apprentice Programmes combine off-site learning with on-site experience to ensure the right balance of technical skills and practical experience. Employers and trainees both benefit from the mix of training and real natural stone site experience.

An Apprenticeship could suit you if you:

  • Will soon be leaving school and want to start working and earning a wage
  • Are already working, but want to gain a recognised qualification or try something completely new
  • Need to re-train due to redundancy or lack of job prospects for your existing skills and experience

How long does it take?
Most Apprenticeships take two years to complete. At which point the learner will have secured an Apprenticeship certificate from SFGB/NSAC and a Level 2 or Level 3 NVQ Award. Compared to a traditional college based apprenticeship we combine both classroom learning with on-site experience, so apprentices earn while they learn.

What about the money?
The rate of pay whilst on an Apprenticeship will conform to the agreed national wage as set by industry.

What do you need to start an Apprenticeship?
An employer in the contracting sector who is willing to sponsor you and the opportunity to work on projects involving your chosen discipline is all that is needed - other than a desire to learn and achieve.

Support from your employer
In the workplace a colleague will be appointed as your mentor; you will be able to learn from your mentor and they will answer your questions.