Building Our Skills has completed its commitment to train 60 fenestration newcomers using funding from the Midlands Energy Hub and BEIS.

The practical training course is three days of tuition incorporating one day online and two of practical activity. It is pitched at young installers with limited experience, fitters’ mates wanting to take the next step up, and others with no experience seeking training.

Among those benefitting from the training was North Yorkshire-based NYG, whose office manager said: “Our fitters found the course useful and enjoyable. The course has been great for enhancing basic knowledge, and has given the staff a good level of training on windows installation, which I know has really boosted their confidence.

I found it all easy to organise since the course leaders kept us well informed. This initiative is going to benefit our company, and I’d have no hesitation in recommending it to other fenestration industry employers.”

BOS director John Ogilvie added: ” It is also important to note that whilst the course is delivered by Building Our Skills, it is fully accredited by GQA. Rather than simply certifying attendance, it is an accredited training course that leads to a GQA Q Card, and can count towards the knowledge element for those who might want to go further and take an NVQ in the future.”

Building Our Skills practical training is now being made available to a wider demographic, including the unemployed, career changers, ex military service personnel and former prisoners as a way of trying to attract new people to the industry to bridge the skills gap.

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