CMS Wins ‘Best Employment Initiative For Young People’ Award

Image Above: From left to right: Margaret Milton (Hub South West), Dean Leishman (CMS apprentice), Jay Coyle (CMS apprentice), Kieran McNulty (CMS apprentice).

CMS Window Systems has been recognised for its dedication to providing employment opportunities for young people, and the role it is playing in addressing construction’s skills shortages, by winning in the highly respected Skills and Training Academy Awards by Scottish public-private development partnership hub South West.

The award for Best Employment Initiative for Young People was presented to CMS Window Systems in recognition of its dedication, achieved through its long term strategy, to providing training opportunities and career paths for young people from all backgrounds. This has included attaining over 100 modern apprenticeship qualifications since the company’s inception in 2006, more than any other window and door manufacturer of its kind.

CMS beat off the competition to win the approval of judges on the criteria of youth employment, the introduction of construction as a viable career path, structured framework apprenticeships, graduate programmes and initiatives targeted at women, as well as disadvantaged and disabled people. In addition to reducing youth unemployment and NEET (not in education or employment) rates, these kinds of initiatives are crucial to addressing the skills shortage right across the construction sector.

The award comes as CMS completes its latest educational outreach activities for local students at different stages of their formal schooling, designed to introduce them to the career opportunities available in the fenestration industry. This included recent visits by further education students from Dumfries & Galloway College and younger students from Denny High School, during which CMS provided a full programme of activities aimed at inspiring their future career choices.

David Ritchie, CEO of CMS Window Systems, said: “We are delighted to receive this award from hub South West. To be recognised for our dedication to providing employment and career opportunities for young people is an honour and a credit to all those involved.

“Our recently launched CMS Academy has been a particularly exciting development, enabling us to offer a comprehensive and structured training programme to even more apprentices in future.”

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West, said: “The skills shortages we have within our sector are all too well-known and these awards mark an important new phase in our partnership’s commitment to raising the bar within the industry. In addition to supporting our commitment to engaging local communities, the small and larger firms involved with hub South West also strive to play their part in tackling wider skills issues across the industry. It is only fitting that we should applaud their efforts.”

hub South West Scotland is a public – private partnership that enables cost-efficient design and construction of community infrastructure within Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway. Its awards seek to commend companies throughout south-west Scotland for their commitment to inspiring the next generation of professionals within the construction industry, as well as those firms committed to nurturing staff already working in the sector.

All entries had to be directly connected to an initiative contracted by the hub South West partnership. Tier-1 construction industry contractors including Kier, Graham, Morrisons and Morgan Sindall, were encouraged to nominate sub-contractors from their supply chains.

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