Qualified acquisition

GQA Qualifications has acquired PAA/VQ-Set.

The move means that GQA now not only offers qualifications in the practical disciplines of surveying, fabrication, installation, sales, management and curtain walling and facade technology, but becomes the awarding body for those working with polymers.

PAA/VQ-Set is the awarding body for the polymer, engineering, chemical, pharmaceutical and nuclear industries. As such it complements GQA’s other areas of specialist expertise, which includes glass, fenestration, construction and print. Its qualifications will now be managed by GQA, and delivered through the established ‘Approved Centre Network’ for these industries.

Mick Clayton, chief executive officer of GQA, said:“The acquisition is part of our goal to widen our portfolio of vocational qualifications, and underpins our ongoing strategy of growth to be known for providing industry relevant learning.”

In the glass and fenestration industries, GQA has over 25 years’ experience and is the only awarding body licensed to offer CSCS cards in those sectors.