According to the UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA) director Bryan Woodley, demand for its training programmes across the construction sector is exceeding all expectations.

Speaking on the UKTFA stand in the Timber Zone, Mr Woodley said: “The take-up of our work books for erector, contractor and manufacturer training has been tremendous – it really is going in leaps and bounds, which bodes very well for the future of timber frame.”

And at this moment, as if to prove the point, a contractor came on the stand to enquire about the training packages, each of which comprises nine workbooks, with the erector training qualifying successful students to carry a UKTFA “Site-Mark” card.

Next in the association’s training portfolio, added Mr Woodley, would be a series of workbooks for timber frame designers.

And besides training, he added, a key point of interest among stand visitors was the implications of the revision of Part L of the Building Regulations on energy performance and how timber frame could help the construction industry comply.