NAS urges members to sign up for UK-wide Charity Challenge and Apprentice Competition

100 companies from throughout GB and NI targeted for #NAS100CharityChallenge

3rd year Apprentices ready to do battle for a range of prizes in #NAS100Apprenticecompetition

Members of the National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) are being urged to participate in two UK-wide initiatives to mark the Association’s centenary.

The #NAS100CharityChallenge has been created as a means of acting as a powerful catalyst for good in local communities with the objective of mobilising 100 NAS members from across the country to help raise £100k in cash or kind.

Whilst the focal point of the #NAS100CharityChallenge will be from June 10th – 22nd 2019 members are being encouraged to create their own initiatives at any time of the year.

Meanwhile Apprentices working with members of the National Association of Shopfitters and the British Woodworking Federation throughout GB and Northern Ireland have been urged to enter a new competition – also aimed at marking the NAS’ centenary.

Supported by the British Woodworking Federation, the #NAS100Apprenticecompetition will take place live at Leeds College of Building on 20th June 2019.

Association President, Martin Quille, says: “These are two fantastic initiatives aimed at celebrating 100 years of the NAS in GB and Northern Ireland and, given, the level of support at launch we’re confident they are both going to really exciting.

“We would really like to make our mark in this our centenary year by acting as a powerful catalyst for good in local communities throughout GB and Northern Ireland so we’re encouraging as many of our 100+ members to take part on the #NAS100CharityChallenge by raising funds, volunteering some time or simply just doing something to help a good cause or community project.

“The Association has identified CRASH as one example of a good cause that could be supported as through our charity challenge as it bridges the shopfitting sector and local communities assisting homelessness and hospice charities with construction-related projects. However, many of our members will have charities or causes that will be close to their hearts so all we ask is that our members identify a project, promote it under the #NAS100CharityChallenge umbrella and let us know how they get on.

“Our objective is to enlist the involvement of 100 of our members and to raise £100,000 in cash or in kind.”

The #NAS100CharityChallenge was launched at the National Association of Shopfitters’ Annual Conference which took at County Hall, London where an initial 21 companies signed up to support the initiative.

For more information on the #NAS100Charity

Challenge log on to http://www.shopfitters.org/centenary/charity-challenge-about

Competitors in the #NAS100Apprenticecompetition – which is open to 3rd year Apprentices within NAS and British Woodworking Federation companies – will receive a cash prize along with tools provided by Brandon Hire Station and a trophy.

First and second prize at the apprenticeship awards are as follows :

1 x 1st Prize – Makita DLX5043PT 18V 5PC COMBO KIT Retail Value c£800.00

http://www.makitauk.com/products/cordless-tools/cordless-kits/18v-cordless-kits/dlx5043pt-18v-5pc-combo-kit.html

1 x 2nd Prize – Makita DLX2134MJ 18V LXT 2pc Combo Kit Retail Value c£400.00

http://www.makitauk.com/products/cordless-tools/cordless-kits/18v-cordless-kits/dlx2134mj-18v-lxt-2pc-combo-kit.html

As Martin Quille explains the #NAS100Apprenticecompetition is a great way to recognise the efforts of the sector’s outstanding young talent.

“This competition, which is part of our overall Centenary celebrations is about showcasing the very brightest and best young tradesmen out there and, indirectly, rewarding those of our members who are investing in the recruitment, training and development of our young people.”

Helen Hewitt from the British Woodworking Federation said: “We are proud to support this competition as this aligns itself with one of our four strands within the Build it Better with Wood campaign launched at the BWF Members day in June. Attracting young enthusiastic individuals into the industry is a priority for the BWF, its members and the sector as a whole. We have found via the apprenticeship route we can develop their skills, retain their talent and hopefully develop the leaders of the future.”

Competitors will be issued with a design brief prior to the competition and then using their skills to create the piece in a live head-to-head battle.

Arriving on 19th June, staying at Jury’s Inn, Leeds, after a short walk to the College, there will be time for a Health and Safety briefing and some time to prepare in the afternoon.

On 20th June, the competition will run from 8am to 4.30pm, and the pieces will be judged by leading figures from the Shopfitting and Joinery sectors. That evening the decision will be announced at the celebration event on the roof terrace at Angelica Restaurant, with stunning views overlooking the city.

The NAS is providing accommodation for two nights with breakfast, a meal on the first night and at the celebration event for each competitor. All tools and materials will be provided.

Additional tickets to attend the Awards evening can be purchased at a cost of £40 + vat.

To enter visit http://www.shopfitters.org/centenary/apprentice-competition-about. Simply complete the registration form and pay the entrance fee of £150. All competitors will be sent the Rules for entry and design brief at the beginning of June 2019.

The NAS – membership of which is regarded as a mark of quality – celebrates its centenary on 2019. Formed a year after World War 1, it has 246 members, all of whom work in the interior fit-out sector. Its core purposes are to facilitate networking, the provision of a comprehensive portfolio of subsidised training and to drive up professional standards.

The NAS’ membership spectrum ranges from small, owner-managed businesses to international plcs based in towns and cities throughout GB and Northern Ireland. Combined membership turnover is around £1.3bn.

Projects NAS members have delivered over the past 100 years include: Titanic Museum Belfast, Tate Britain, London, Princess Royal Stand Cheltenham Race Course, The Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard and Queens Library Windsor Castle.

Image caption: Getting the #NAS100CharityChallenge and the  #NAS100Apprenticecompetition underway are (from left) Martin Quille (NAS President), Sir Richard Needham (guest speaker), Marc Allen (NAS Vice-President) and Paul Tedoré (NAS Hon Treasurer).

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