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Building Our Skills Secure Government Partnerships – Offering Funding to Upskill Employees

Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration A Career of Choice is forging partnerships with regional Government agencies to help give industry employers more up-to-date information about funding for training staff.

Since its launch, Building Our Skills campaign has created several platforms in which employers can now get involved to help heighten awareness of the career opportunities available in the Fenestration industry for young people. 

But, equally as exciting, the campaign is now working closely with several regional-based Government agencies, who offer financial support towards training and upskilling existing employees.

Head of Building Our Skills, Stephanie Tague explains, “We know an injection of new and young people are needed to sustain the future of the Fenestration industry and when speaking to our campaign supporters we realised that in some instances employees may not have the skills themselves to be able to assist the injection of new people.  

“We have started to form partnerships with regionalised Government agencies throughout the UK. These agencies offer a fabulous amount of support working with employers to identify the needs of a business and its training requirements. They also assist in providing financial commitment towards the training and courses undertaken.”

One agency, WYCC – Skills Services (West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges) has welcomed the Building Our Skills initiative by introducing Fenestration courses to its prospectus. The offering means any installation or fabrication business operating in and around West Yorkshire can tap into the resource. 

Stephanie continues, “WYCC – Skills Services is a prime example of the partnerships we are engaging with to enhance knowledge, training and help provide a more qualified industry workforce. The organisation can offer opportunities for any size employer in West Yorkshire and some surrounding areas and facilitate over 700 various training courses.”

Building Our Skills services include a free-of-charge platform of information through its website to guide Fenestration employers on how to obtain information about their own regional funding opportunities for training staff, along with other schemes they can get involved with to help generate further interest in the Fenestration Industry. 

More information can be found on Building Our Skills by visiting www.buildingourskills.co.uk or emailing stephanie@buildingourskills.co.uk. For companies based in West Yorkshire interested in subsidise training grants contact Jas Hayre at jas.hayre@westyorkshirecolleges.ac.uk

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