Building Our Skills has teamed up with the Learning Skills Partnership to support its drive to bring new entrants to the fenestration industry and to help them develop their skills.


Through the partnership Building Our Skills will offer a range of apprenticeships in the areas of trade supply, customer service, business administration and project management. Of particular interest is expected to be the Trade Supplier Apprenticeship, which is ideal for companies operating a trade counter and looking to develop their people.


John Ogilvie, Director at Building Our Skills explains more:


“I think we would all agree that the growing skills gap in fenestration extends to none site-based roles as well as those out on site. The truth is that the industry has not done enough to publicise the fantastic range of career pathways it can offer those looking at their career choices. What we want to do is offer fenestration industry employers better access to newcomers from all disciplines, offer them learning programmes, and encourage them further through other offerings such as our training academies and GQA’s extensive list of industry-relevant qualifications. We’d like them to commit themselves to this industry and forge their careers here in the long term. Working with the Learning Skills Partnership will help us to achieve these goals.”


Learning Skills Partnership’s Simon Alsop, Director added:


“We, Building Our Skills and GQA Qualifications are all committed to the principles of learning, people development and qualifications as a  means of raising business standards and addressing skills shortages. In a challenging time I am delighted that the apprenticeships we can offer will help to promote and drive this agenda and that Building Our Skills is so committed to it as a part of its drive to attract new talent to the industry.   What we can offer additionally is a recruitment service for employers – a one stop shop of finding them the right people locally based to their business, the right apprenticeships for the employee’s skills and the employer’s needs and help with accessing the funding to make this a really cost effective solution for bringing newcomers into the industry to fill gaps, and develop their careers”.


More information on Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration a Career of Choice – is available at