Veka is giving its support to Building Our Skills with support in two of the campaign’s programmes to help it attract new recruits into the industry.
The next few months will see the systems supplier active in its ‘Inspiring the Future’ campaign and new ‘Inspiration Days’ programme.
The Inspiring the Future campaign asks employers to go into schools and talk to young learners about the possibilities for their future careers and what they could achieve.
The Inspiration Days initiative is designed to open up industry factories and facilities for school visits. The programme has been devised to enable young people to see first-hand what goes on inside businesses. It gives them the opportunity to talk to employees and see what job roles are on offer. The process can inspire them at a time when they are working out which career path to choose.
Veka MD Neil Evans, who is himself taking part with some school visits, said: “Attracting new recruits is absolutely the right thing to do in order to help address the industry’s skills shortage, and reaching young learners of school age is a key part of achieving this.
“Here at Veka we share Building Our Skills’ aims of showing young people what working in the industry is all about and demonstrating the wealth of roles on offer. I’m firmly behind staff members going into schools to talk to pupils as a great way of inspiring them and hopefully getting them to choose the fenestration industry when they’re ready to make their career choice.
“I would encourage other companies to get involved in Building Our Skills’ Inspiration Days and Inspiring the Future programmes. Throw open your doors to young learners and encourage your staff to visit schools. Let’s all get behind Building Our Skills’ admirable work in order to help future-proof our industry.”
Mark Handley, Building Our Skills’ partnerships manager added: “We’re so grateful to Veka for its support. The company is a prestigious leader in its field, and I’m confident that its partnership with us will inspire other fenestration industry employers to follow suit.”