The ‘Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration a Career of Choice’ campaign is increasing the range of practical training courses it offers, thanks to a new a partnership with Pro-Fitter, the specialist fenestration training provider. This latest initiative from Building Our Skills is in line with its twin aims of bringing more new people into the fenestration industry and upskilling existing industry employees to promote personal and professional development, encourage employee loyalty, and to raise standards.
The collaboration will see Building Our Skills acquire the digital assets of Pro-Fitter, to enable courses to be delivered across its increased practical training centre network. The Pro-Fitter team will work alongside Building Our Skills, promoting courses to their existing customer base and to new installers interested in developing their skills. Courses range from beginner to advanced levels, and include areas such as surveying, the installation of composite, bi-fold and patio doors, vertical sliding windows, aluminium doors and windows, bay windows and conservatory frames and roofs.
John Ogilvie, director of Building Our Skills, said: “Here at Building Our Skills, we strongly believe that practical training is the way forward for the industry. Bringing the Pro-Fitter courses alongside our existing offering, and at the same time increasing the number of practical training centres where they can be delivered, is therefore a great step forward for the industry and demonstrates our commitment to raising standards in fenestration. It’s gratifying that we are able to offer training to support industry employees to do their jobs to the highest standards.”
Lou Leka, head of training for Pro-Fitter, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Building Our Skills. We can see that the organisation is expanding, particularly with regards to its network of training centres, and we’re pleased to be part of this relationship.”
In addition to the first of its practical training academies in Sheffield, the organisation now has training sites in the south west of the country, plus another close to Heathrow airport. Further centres are due to be added nationwide. Learning content is to be accredited by GQA Qualifications.
Installers wanting to book onto Pro-Fitter courses should visit profitter.org.uk. For more information about Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration a Career of Choice, visit buildingourskills.co.uk.