Building Our Skills has teamed up with apprenticeship provider, the Learning Skills Partnership, to attract newcomers into roles in the fenestration industry ‘that go beyond those of the well-known, hands-on, site-based variety’.
Building Our Skills will offer a range of apprenticeships run by the Learning Skills Partnership – which works in a range of sectors including automotive, construction and business – in the areas of trade supply (ideal for those operating a trade counter), accountancy, customer service, administration and project management.
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. We’d like them to commit themselves to this industry and forge their careers here in the long term. Working with the Learning Skills Partnership will help us to achieve these goals.”
Learning Skills Partnership’s managing director, Simon Alsop, added: “We, Building Our Skills and its partner organisation, GQA Qualifications, are all committed to the principles of learning, people development and qualifications as multiple means of raising business standards and addressing skills shortages. Through discussions it has become clear that these are common goals in a challenging time, and I am delighted that the apprenticeships we can offer will help to promote and drive this agenda. 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.”
More information on Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration a Career of Choice – is available at www.buildingourskills.co.uk.
Further information on the Learning Skills Partnership can be found at: www.learningskillspartnership.com.