Door hardware talent celebrated by IAI in the GCC

Mario Del-Signore IAI chairman Mario Del-Signore IAI chairman
Mike Lumsden, IAI chairman, GCC Branch Mike Lumsden, IAI chairman, GCC Branch

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) and the Institute of Architectural Ironmongery (IAI) have recognised the educational achievements of the door hardware industry’s rising stars at its November IAI GCC meeting.

Along with over 50 guests, the Guild and Institute celebrated the hardware professionals in the region who have achieved a GAI qualification this year. There were 74 learners this year in Dubai and the GCC. 

Of those who achieved their qualifications, Sreejith Ramanathan, from dormakaba UAE, was awarded the GAI Diploma Gold Award. He also won 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.

Click here for the full list of Education Awards winners in 2016.

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.”

Mario Del Signore, IAI chairman said: “The GCC branch is growing from strength to strength under Mike's tenure. I'd like to congratulate, and say thank you to, him and his committee for their constant effort and hard work. 

"To the Diploma holders, congratulations on attaining your qualifications. Remember, your learning journey doesn't end here. We encourage you to enrol onto our CPD programme and become a RegAI." 

Mike Lumsden, GCC IAI chairman said: “I am delighted at the achievements of our members this year. I'm looking forward to building on this success with the continued support of the excellent GAI team during 2017.”

The GAI 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.

Click here to see the photo gallery from the event.