"It helps to open their eyes to the industry, beyond the core skills that we teach them were very grateful for Easy Bathrooms support."
Easy Bathrooms – the bathroom and tile retailer – has partnered with Leeds College of Building (LCB), to support students in the growth of their practical skills.
The organisation – which has showrooms across the UK, and with a 110,000 sq ft warehouse and retail superstore in Birstall – is donating materials and providing careers advice to the college’s tiling pupils.
Over the past three months, tiles have been given to the college, which are used within lessons for teaching the latest skills and application techniques used in tiling, specifically within industrial and residential settings. The courses lead onto apprenticeship diplomas.
Students have also been invited into store, to get a holistic view of the customer buying experience, and to understand the different types and trends of tiles available. A number of pupils have also opened trade accounts with Easy Bathrooms.
Mark Howroyd, curriculum manager for wall and floor tiling, said: “I visited Easy Bathrooms to look at options for my own bathroom, but when I saw the scope of their operations – and the quality of their products – I got talking to James, the manager. He suggested that they would be able to help out, by donating tiles – and the relationship has grown from there.
“Our students have since been to the store, and they’ll be invited back on numerous occasions, to future trade days. It helps to open their eyes to the industry, beyond the core skills that we teach them – we’re very grateful for Easy Bathrooms’ support.”