Glass Awards 2017

Epwin Fabrication Apprenticeship Scheme Wins G17 Training And Development Award

With the resounding success of the staff training programme, the fabrication division of the Epwin Group are celebrating a successful night at The G17 Awards, winning the coveted Training and Development Initiative of the Year award. 

The prestigious award recognises the hard work of Epwin Fabrication which, including Sierra Windows and Permadoor, has helped over 250 employees achieve their NVQ Level II qualifications. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award and couldn’t be prouder of our employees who deserve all the recognition for their commitment and hard work,” comments Epwin Marketing Director, Sharn Samra. “It has always been an overriding commitment at the Epwin Group to provide our employees with all the tools and support they need to reach their full potential. It’s fantastic to see so many of our team graduate from the scheme and feel much happier and fulfilled in their career with us.” 

The training programme was completed over a 12-month period in collaboration with The Vocational College, a GQA Approved centre. The course covered fundamentals including English and Maths as well as recognised glass and glazing qualifications including fenestration installation, distribution and warehousing and fabrication of glass supporting structures.

Teaching was split across online training and face-to-face group sessions with optional individual mentoring sessions if necessary. In addition to factory staff, the scheme also supported members of the operations and administrative teams, achieving Diplomas in business administration, customer service and management. 

“This is a huge achievement and something that everyone within the businesses and the wider Epwin Group should be really proud of,” adds Paul Tranter, National Sales Director, Trade. “We share the Epwin Group’s ethos of providing a career-based occupation, creating a platform for our employees to unlock their full potential and really take pride in their employment. Through our involvement in the training scheme, we have seen benefits too with an improvement in staff morale as well as an increase in customer satisfaction.” 

Maintenance Engineering Manager, David Welsby adds: “Having apprentices within the department is a cost-effective way to increase the size of our engineering capabilities. Not only that but they are constantly bringing new ideas back to the workplace. The need for real-life projects for coursework means they can look at ways of improving efficiencies above and beyond our day to day tasks.” 

“Our apprentices have helped implement cost-saving schemes and ideas into the factory. This is not only great for Permadoor and Epwin but also for them. It’s important to feel your contributions are valued and there is nothing better than improving factory efficiency and saving money.” 

For more information visit www.epwin.co.uk

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