"Education is a central pillar of the GAI. Our qualifications are recognised and respected globally for advancing the professionalism of our industry.

Despite the challenging times we’ve found ourselves in, our education programme has continued to develop, navigating new teaching formats and methods of support for those wishing to further their career. To have successfully gained a qualification during the ongoing pandemic is especially commendable. I have the utmost respect for these students and the teams who delivered the training and supported them in their studies.

The upcoming Education Awards event in March will be recognising the achievements of students from both 2020 and 2021 (due to last years’ event being postponed). It will undoubtedly be one to remember, a celebration not just for our students but for the whole industry to acknowledge the resilience and tenacity demonstrated by us all.

I hope you are able to join us at the prestigious 41st GAI Education Awards event where we will be presenting students from across the globe with their GAI Diplomas and announcing the winners of the awards for top performance in both The Certificate in Architectural Hardware and the GAI Diploma.

I’m personally looking forward to celebrating the future of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongery with its newest, talented professionals and am excited to learn from them, to continue supporting and developing our community of members".

Mario Del-Signore, GAI President


GAI Events Policy: COVID-19

The Guild takes safety seriously at all its events. After careful consideration and following Government guidance, the GAI Education Awards will take place on Thursday 3 March 2022. We have implemented the following measures to promote the health and wellbeing of attendees, staff and hotel visitors:

  • All attendees must take a COVID test (lateral flow or PCR) a maximum 24 hours before attending the event. If you receive a positive test result you must not attend this event in person.
  • All attendees must be able to present a valid Covid pass or proof of full (double + booster, if available) vaccination.
  • Attendees may be asked to have a non-invasive temperature check before being allowed into the event. Those with a raised temperature or who refuse this check may not be allowed to attend.

Attendees have a shared responsibility in event safety, and should take steps to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, like bringing and wearing their own face coverings. If you have any COVID-related symptoms such as a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or sudden loss of taste or smell, you should not attend. High-risk attendees such as those with suppressed immune systems should take extra consideration before joining in person. 

We ask that attendees be patient and flexible due to the evolving nature of this crisis. We respectfully require that attendees comply with the venue’s safety policies and procedures including wearing face coverings, follow physical distancing guidelines, and other requirements. Any violation of these policies may result in removal from the event without refund.

Should we be forced to postpone the event, your tickets will remain valid and will be rolled forward to the new event date.

Please note all the above will be subject to review as government advice develops and changes. Please be aware that this may be subject to local, regional, national and international differences. For further information on current UK COVID measures and restrictions, consult Coronavirus (COVID 19): guidance and support.

As the situation evolves, so will our approach to keeping you safe. We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we manage this and ask that you check back here for updates.

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