First Champion Supporter

With a shared passion and drive to help youngster choose fenestration as a career of choice Tracey Jackson, business development manager for Howells Patent Glazing, has become Building Our Skills campaign’s first official champion supporter.

Tracey has been working with local colleges and enterprises in the West Midlands for the last couple of years, campaigning to gain a better awareness of fenestration in local schools and colleges.

“Howells is a family run business, set up my father in 1973,” Tracey said. “We employ about 38 staff, and enthusiastically ensure our staff are well trained to meet the demands of our customers, and that we work hard to engage with local communities and develop a program that enables local youngsters to understand the industry.”

Tracey recently spoke at the Building Our Skills conference, addressing over 30 delegates. She shared the company’s adventure of how the company has engaged with youngsters to help capture their imagination regarding manufacturing.

She said that with perseverance and regular interaction Howells has been able to develop close ties with the schools and colleges and now has a greater influence with how students view the fenestration industry.

Stephanie Tague, head of Building Our Skills, said: “Tracey’s presentation gave others a real overview of what can be achieved within a SME business. Coupling this with her passion for enthusing others by encouraging them to embrace the concept to engage with local schools, colleges and youngsters, it makes her a fabulous candidate to become a champion supporter for Building Our Skills.”