Image Above: Mick Clayton
As part of ongoing plans to create an industry that strives to increase the level of professionalism through qualified employees, GQA Qualifications Limited will be promoting its vision of achieving ‘Quality through Qualifications’ to visitors at this year’s FIT Show.
GQA is the only recognised Awarding Body working with the fenestration sector to develop and regulate qualifications. The qualifications are delivered through a network of over 70 training centres throughout the UK, who provide employers and employees with help and assistance to ensure learning is kept to the maximum level of competence needed to underpin industry professionalism.
Mick Clayton, CEO for the business, talks about the thinking behind the vision: “There is a great deal to be said about the skills gap in construction related industries, and the window and door market is no different. Development through formal qualifications is a sure way of filling the gaps and will inevitably lead to an increase in consumer confidence when good, quality installations are supplied.
“GQA aims to give assurance to consumers by qualifying individual’s skills and reinforcing their commitment to their role. New entrants and apprentices coming into the sector should have the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to provide a consumer with a well manufactured, surveyed and installed window or door and a programme of learning through qualifications, is a way of achieving this.” Mick adds.
Many, GQA Qualified Installers are currently involved with an industry ‘Approved Installer Scheme’, and GQA look to the operators of the schemes, to promote and practice the GQA vision.
Mick continues: “There are currently multiple Approved Installer Schemes available to the installer and GQA actively builds relationships with these organisations, allowing them to offer companies the opportunity to embrace the principles of providing ‘Quality through Qualifications’ and give assurance to the end-user when carrying out work in their homes.
“We encourage fabricators, installers and surveyors to visit us on stand C43, and find out more on how becoming more qualified opens up opportunities to you and your business.” Mick comments.
Visit stand C43 at the FIT Show, NEC –gqaqualifications.com