In November 2017, The Telegraph newspaper reported on the lack of skills and labour shortages within the construction industry. It provided information from a survey conducted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors highlighting how the issue had gradually worsened over the last five-years, limiting building activities.
The article went on to reference how two-thirds of those who responded to the survey believed the skills shortage had overtaken planning and regulations issues as a major concern and was now among the most significant problem facing their industry.
As a major part of the construction sector, the Fenestration Industry has also begun to feel the effects of insufficient skills and labour, and there is a need to address these major challenges.
Building Our Skills in the Fenestration Industry will be formally launched on the 1st June
The new campaign is being promoted by GQA Qualifications, the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Awarding Body, and Mila Window and Door Maintenance is among the first to sign up to support the campaign. The initiative will be launched to the public – schools, colleges, teachers, parents and other relevant forums and campaign groups from June 1st and will focus on a much-needed and long overdue pro-active promotion of the industry, the wide variety of different career paths available to young entrants, and an awareness of the qualifications they can achieve to give them learning, life-skills and ultimately career opportunities and financial rewards.
Mick Clayton CEO of GQA Qualifications, the lead promoter of the campaign, “The quest to recognise and develop skills within the industry has been high on the agenda of GQA for a very long time. With the industry increasingly reporting difficulties in recruiting new young people to come and join it, our focus has turned to creating a campaign to try and address the problem directly”.
“The new Building Our Skills in the Fenestration Industry campaign is an initiative for the whole industry to join in with and support and will provide a platform to promote Fenestration with a collective voice, and accelerate the process of raising its profile to new entrants as a credible and exciting career choice”.
“Our aim is to invite companies from all aspects of Fenestration to pledge their support and promote the initiative to showcase the opportunities available to newcomers – and career changers”.
Speaking for Mila Window and Door Maintenance Managing Director Tristan Cooke explained the reasons for their support “We have worked alongside GQA Qualifications for many years to develop our existing and new staff through having access to relevant formal qualifications and on-going training programmes”.
“Like everyone else we are seeing the challenges of recruiting new blood to the industry, so when we heard about the new campaign being championed by GQA we had no hesitation in putting our support behind it”.
“Bringing new people into the industry, especially young people, is really important. It is also really rewarding when you see how they progress and develop and it is something we have always tried to promote”.
“We are delighted to be a part of it and will be extremely active when the campaign formally launches on 1st June”.