Youth training facility

Shelforce, the manufacturer and installer of PVCU windows and doors that employs people with a range of disabilities, is set to open a dedicated training facility to provide regular work experience placements and invest in the future.

Once the facility is complete, the firm will welcome students from nearby schools, including special needs schools, to its Erdington factory for an introduction to the world of work, and an insight into life at a proudly inclusive local employer.

The training facility will be refurbished by Keepmoat, one of Shelforce’s construction partners.

One of Shelforce’s longest-serving staff members, Trevor Pettifer, has even gone back to college at the age of 64 to complete a training certificate so the company can offer students the best possible experience.

Birmingham-based Shelforce provides products to local authority building projects around the country, including for Birmingham City Council.

Howard Trotter, Shelforce business manager, said: “By offering regular work experience placements, we want to help young adults of all abilities take their first steps into the workplace – and continue a proud legacy of supporting Birmingham’s population that stems back to 1839.

“Having an integrated approach to employment requires an unconventional recruitment process, and a hands-on, practical approach to training that replicates the factory floor operations – but if you’re willing to make that initial investment, you’re rewarded with the most passionate and dedicated workers you could ask for. Everyone here is hugely excited to welcome the young adults to the factory to show them the fantastic quality work we do here.”