Building Our Skills had broadened its range of career apprenticeship support by teaming up with the Learning Skills Partnership with the aim of attracting newcomers into fenestration roles such as trade supply, accountancy, customer service, administration and project management.

BOS director John Ogilvie, pictured, explained that the Trade Supplier Apprenticeship will be of particular interest as it is aimed at those operating a trade counter.

“The growing skills gap in fenestration extends to non site-based roles,” he explained, “But 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 MD Simon Alsop added: “We, along with 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.”