Building Our Skills is launching a practical training programme in line with its aims of bringing more new people into the fenestration industry and upskilling existing industry employees.

The programme includes an introduction to the principles and practicalities of window and door installation; guidance on how to adhere to the relevant Building Regulations; and optionally a health and safety qualification leading to the provision of a CSCS card. 

Other courses offered include working at height, materials handling and asbestos removal.

The new training programme is to be delivered initially via Building Our Skills’ Sheffield academy and then will be rolled out to a network of centres throughout the country delivering consistent content.

A recent YouGov survey commissioned by GQA Qualifications reveal a clear desire for more vocational training opportunities amongst parents with school-age children.

John Ogilvie, Director of Building Our Skills said: “This is a great step forward for the industry. The new programme, coupled with our plans for a nationwide network of practical training centres demonstrates our commitment to raising standards in fenestration.

“In addition, it is good to know that we have the backing of parents who, as revealed by the YouGov survey, agree that vocational training, careers and/or vocational qualifications can be beneficial to young people as an alternative path to going to university.

“Clearly the new programme also represents a great ongoing learning opportunity for existing industry employees who can use it as part of their Continuing Professional Development. It’s gratifying that we are able to offer training to support industry employees to do their jobs to the highest standards.”