Nationwide Windows has launched an independent training programme to tackle the need for skilled operatives in the glazing industry by providing valuable career opportunities.

The programme, initially taking place in Nottingham, has been structured to provide people with a blended approach, including classroom education alongside both offsite and onsite training. The first batch started in June, comprising of two under 18-year-olds who have recently left school. Four more trainees who had previous careers in other industries joined the programme in July.

Initially training as competent labourers partnered with existing installation teams and supported by the company’s Training Team, (Learning & Development Manager Helen Owens, Master Fitter Simon Taylor and GQA Assessor & Trainer Dave Naylor), those showing potential will have the option to progress further and become professional installers.

Simon Taylor, runner-up in the Master Fitter Challenge at FIT Show 2019, has been enlisted specially to provide expert guidance to all trainees, including those who show the aptitude to become professional installers, alongside Nationwide’s existing teams. This additional training will be fully funded by Nationwide, who will also be providing NVQ qualifications and other nationally recognised qualifications to demonstrate competence. 

“Window installers are not recognised as a ‘trade’ in the same way as bricklayers, plumbers or electricians are,” said compliance director Chris Costall, “But this needs to change, and quickly, so that we can address a serious need for skilled installers in Britain.

“As a company, we have always been passionate about training and improving opportunities for our staff and commun