Closing the skills gap

Training and development plays a central role in Epwin’s membership programme – Excellence as Standard – the company has announced.

“We know that fabricators and installers are concerned about the skills gap and finding skilled workers,” Katie Leese, programme manager for Excellence as Standard at Epwin, said. “It’s something that Excellence as Standard addresses via their EAS Academy.”

The EAS Academy offers two routes to creating a skilled workforce: discounted NVQ training; and apprenticeships. Both routes are managed by The Vocational College (TVC), the largest provider of glass related qualifications in the UK.

“Staff training and development is the bedrock of a successful business,” Katie said. “Ensuring individuals are suitably qualified to perform, and given the opportunity to improve and progress, is a must in today’s competitive business environment. When you invest in upskilling your workforce you get greater staff satisfaction levels and better retention rates, adding value to your business in the short, medium and long term. Excellence as Standard allows companies to harness these benefits.”