Building Our Skills Choice has signed a partnership with FrontFoot, a specialist body reintroducing service personnel into mainstream industry.

The initiative comes soon after BOS signed a similar partnership to engage with the education sector to raise awareness of fenestration as a career.

Building Our Skills ambassador John Ogilvie said they will begin by building hands-on GQA-accredited practical training courses into the recruitment process, along with 12 months of ongoing support for both the recruit and the employer.

He added: “Everyone recognises the value that service personnel bring to the world of employment, and we are delighted that we have now formed a direct link between our industry and those who can introduce our employers to the talent pool that is available, and most importantly, is available right now.

“As we continue with our longer-term journey to engage with the education sector to impart knowledge of our industry into the minds of the future workforce, we have very high hopes that this new relationship will help those looking to add to their workforce.

“We want employers who engage to know they will be getting installers who have been given outstanding basic training in all the key elements and are ready to contribute to their business from day one.”

Tim O’Keefe for FrontFoot replied: “This is a great opportunity for us to work together with Building Our Skills to support them in their challenge to bridge the growing skills gap in the fenestration industry.  For us, working hand in glove with service personnel, it is an ideal opportunity to introduce them to a great industry, where we know there are long-term and ongoing opportunities for career development.

“We are keen to work with the fenestration industry and to bring new blood to it.  We know that service personnel bring great attributes to the workplace and we are really looking forward to making an impact which will benefit all parties.  A part of our commitment is to ensure that all the personnel we recruit undergo practical training to give them the best start in their new careers, and to give those employers who engage them the best value for their investment.”