Door hardware expertise celebrated at the GAI Education Awards

Sreejith Ramanathan, dormakaba UAE Sreejith Ramanathan, dormakaba UAE, wins the Gold and Pinnacle Awards
ASSA ABLOY sponsored the Pinnacle Award Neil Vann, Market Regional Manager, ASSA ABLOY presented this year’s Pinnacle Award to Sreejith Ramanathan, pictured here with Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Maria Powell
GAI Education Award winners 2016 Congratulations to all the GAI Education Award winners 2016

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has recognised the outstanding educational achievements of the door hardware industry’s rising stars at its annual Education Awards.

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Along with just short of 400 guests, the Guild celebrated the hardware professionals who have achieved a GAI qualification this year. Of the 90 learners who attained the Certificate in Architectural Hardware and the 42 students who completed the full GAI Diploma, six also received awards at the prestigious ceremony.

Since 1980, the GAI Education Awards have included Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for each qualification and the Pinnacle Award sponsored by ASSA ABLOY, which is given to the student with the best aggregate results over the three years of the Diploma programme.

Neil Vann, Market Regional Manager, ASSA ABLOY presented this year’s Pinnacle Award to Sreejith Ramanathan who has worked for dormakaba for three years as a project specifier, handling hardware specifications for various projects in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Sreejith Ramanthan said: 

“I’m really proud to receive both the Gold and Pinnacle Award. As a specifier, I will use the knowledge gained throughout my Diploma every day and it is going to continue to be a valuable qualification throughout my whole career.”

The winners were presented with their awards by Maria Powell, president of the GAI and the event’s keynote speaker, Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Maria Powell said:

“The Education Awards are our greatest testament to the passion we have for our industry and to our international community of architectural ironmongery. It showcases our constant pursuit of learning and the maintenance of professional qualifications.”

Guests also celebrated the growing success of the GAI education programme. Enrolments for 2015/16 saw a 23% increase from the previous year.

The GAI’s Education Hub allows learners access to a fully online platform, anywhere in the world, containing all of the resources they need to complete the qualification.

Students based outside of the UK accounted for 47% of the total learners on the education programme for 2015/16 and this year’s exams were taken in 27 countries around the world. This year saw particularly high numbers of learners in South Africa, Hong Kong, Dubai and other GCC countries.

Neil Fisher, director of the GAI, said:

“The Education Hub is designed for everyone working in the architectural ironmongery industry, regardless of their location in the world. It is constantly being updated to reflect changes in the industry, so we’re glad to see our education resources are being used across the globe.

“We are extremely proud that our education syllabus is the only recognised programme in the world that leads to a qualification in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards. The Education Awards allow us to not only recognise individual achievements but also celebrate the continuous progress of the GAI education programme.”

The Certificate in Architectural Hardware is particularly useful for those working in warehouse and trade counter roles, procurement, scheduling and estimating, customer service, technical support, sales and administration. Comprised of two stages within 24 online education modules, the certificate covers the product knowledge a practising architectural ironmonger is required to know. The modules include helpful explanations, animations and video clips, all geared to engage learners in easily digestible chunks. There are also unlimited self-tests.

Following completion of the Certificate in Architectural Hardware, students can progress to the third stage, the GAI Diploma, which builds on product knowledge and enables the writing of accurate hardware specifications and quotations. The GAI Diploma is particularly suited to those in customer service, contract management, scheduling and estimating, and sales. To become a full GAI member, a company must have at least one employee who has passed the GAI Diploma.

Lorient sponsored the GAI Education Awards, and ASSA ABLOY sponsored the Pinnacle Award.

The full list of Education Awards winners in 2016 is:

The Pinnacle Award:

  • Sreejith Ramanathan, dormakaba UAE

The GAI Diploma:

  • Gold – Sreejith Ramanathan, dormakaba UAE
  • Silver – Mark Allen Basadre, dormakaba UAE
  • Bronze – Ben Westlake. Kirby and Wells Ltd (Kawstore)

Certificate in Architectural Hardware

  • Gold - Lee Gardner, ME Duffell
  • Silver - Régine Yvergneaux, Van Cronenburg Architectural Hardware BVBA
  • Bronze - Christopher Hill, Humber Merchants Ltd