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Enlightening apprentices
28th November 2017

ATLAS GLAZED ROOF SOLUTIONS is helping to tackle the industry’s shortage of skilled labour with the donation two full-sized glazed roof lanterns to provide apprentices with essential practical training at two top fenestration learning centres.

The roof lanterns were specially made for West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmonds and Total Support Training in Middlesex. Both centres provide a range of specialist courses from glass, fenestration and construction awarding body GQA Qualifications.

Sales director Gareth Thomas explained: “Our industry has been re-invigorated with some truly innovative new products but, sadly, it is still hindered by a shortage of skilled people to install them. We want to bring more passion in to the industry and boost its professionalism by inspiring young people to join the industry and stay in it. We can’t think of a better way to breed new talent than through practical training and we’re delighted to donate these roof lanterns which will help the apprentices to develop their installation skills.”

The apprentices will develop their installation skills by fitting a number of products into purpose-built 3x3 metre pods as part of their Level 1, 2 or 3 training in Fenestration Installation and Fenestration Surveying. The pods, previously used in the FIT Show Master Fitter Challenge, have also been donated to the colleges.

Mick Clayton, chief executive officer at GQA Qualifications, added: “GQA has long highlighted the skills gap within fenestration and industry support for our approved centres is vital to ensure that practical training facilities are available. It’s fantastic to see Atlas making this investment and commitment with West Suffolk College and Total Support Training and I look forward to seeing the facilities in use.”

Tim Warnock, programme manager at West Suffolk College, said: “Practical training is fundamental to our apprentices, providing them with the vital skills and confidence to become highly qualified installers and surveyors. With these pods, the students can practice installing products and not be afraid to make mistakes.”

Sharon Alderton, managing director of Total Support Training, added: “I’ve been working with many specialist suppliers across the industry and we all agree that there’s a wide skills gap to fill.”


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