The Glass & Glazing Federation is partnering with the Building Our Skills organisation as sponsor of the National Apprenticeship & Education Event at Millennium Point, Birmingham in March.

The National Apprenticeship & Education Event attracts students from over 2,000 secondary schools, including independent and grammar schools up to sixth form level.

GGF Group chief development officer Anda Gregory said: “Attracting and retaining new talent remains one of the biggest challenges for all businesses operating in fenestration and key to addressing that is getting face to face with students so that we can open their eyes to all the incredible opportunities within our industry.

“The National Apprenticeship & Education Event is one of the largest careers events in the UK, and our presence there will demonstrate the scale of the commitment by the GGF to increase the profile of the industry in front of thousands of schools and colleges.”

Exhibiting at the event in March is one of the measures the GGF is taking to attract and nurture new talent into the industry. Last year, it welcomed the first candidates to its Skilled Pathways Scheme. Working in partnership with Total Support Training and GQA Qualifications, the new programme funds training up to £4,000 per GGF Member Company and offers a clear and focussed career trajectory for candidates. 

Anda concluded: “The skills shortage is not exclusive to our industry. There are countless other sectors all competing for the next generation of talent, so it’s absolutely vital that we tackle the issue head on in order to engage and excite as many young people as we can.

“The National Apprenticeship & Education Event and initiatives such as the Skilled Pathways Scheme are designed to enable us to do just that.”

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