Training partnership

Building Our Skills has teamed up with the Learning Skills Partnership in a bid to attract newcomers into a variety of roles in the fenestration industry.

Building Our Skills will offer a range of apprenticeships run by the Learning Skills Partnership in the business areas of trade supply, accountancy, customer service, administration and project management. Of particular interest is expected to be the Trade Supplier Apprenticeship, which is ideal for those operating a trade counter.

John Ogilvie, director of Building Our Skills, said: “I think we would all agree that the growing skills gap in fenestration extends to non-site-based roles. The truth is that the industry has not done enough to publicise the fantastic range of career pathways it can offer.

“What we want to do is offer fenestration industry employers better access to newcomers from all disciplines, offer them learning programmes, and encourage them through other offerings such as our training academy and GQA’s extensive list of industry-relevant qualifications.”

Simon Alsop, managing director of Learning Skills Partnership, said: “What we can offer additionally is a recruitment service for employers. A one-stop-shop of finding them the right people locally based to their business, the right apprenticeships for the employee’s skills and the employer’s needs, and help with accessing the funding to make this a really cost-effective solution for bringing newcomers into the industry to fill gaps, and develop their careers.”