Building Our Skills appoints new partnerships manager

The glazing industry’s skills campaign has appointed Mark Handley as partnerships manager. Mark is now part of the Building Our Skills: Making Fenestration, Glass and Glazing a Career of Choice team.

Formerly sales and marketing director at the fabricator Consort, Mark has over 30 years’ experience in the fenestration industry. His previous roles span fabrication, installation, technical support, sales and marketing.

Mark aims to be the face of Building Our Skills, liaising directly with employers and other organisations in the fenestration, glass and glazing industry to raise awareness of the organisation’s work. He also hopes to engage more supporters and foster increased support for Building Our Skills.

“I’m delighted to be on the Building Our Skills team and part of an initiative whose objectives and activities I so admire,” said Mark. “Like all those involved, I am passionate about the industry, and have seen first-hand over many years the amazing career opportunities there are.

“What I want to do now is play a major part in getting that message to the outside world as a key part of our efforts to help bridge the skills gap.” Mark is set to work hard in raising the industry’s knowledge of Building Our Skills’ initiatives, details of which can be found on the company’s website. Read more about the campaign’s volunteering drive for schools, here.

The appointment is a key part of Building Our Skills’ action plan, which reflects the campaign’s commitment to bridging the skills gap and working closely with stakeholders to attract entrants to the industry. Building Our Skills has at its core the objective of encouraging industry employers to upskill the existing workforce. It also aims to inspiring and encourage more people to the glazing industry as a home for long-term career ambitions, as opposed to ‘a job for now’.