Building Our Skills (BOS) the organisation providing support to help tackle the Fenestration Industry’s widening skills gap is delighted to welcome aluminium trade association – CAB (Council for Aluminium in Buildings) to its growing list of industry supporters.

BOS was established two-years ago to promote activities which support industry employers or individuals in acknowledging the need to introduce new and young talent into the industry with the overall long-term aim of eliminating the Fenestration Industry’s skills gap.

Stephanie Tague, Head of BOS comments, ‘It is fantastic news that CAB, one of the industry’s key trade bodies has pledged its support for Building Our Skills. With over 140 members, the organisation is a great platform for us to gain further traction and acknowledgment of the industry’s growing staff shortages.

‘With modern technologies in construction evolving rapidly, there is also a need to bring on board younger generations to provide skills and qualifications to address these needs too. BOS plans to work alongside CAB and its members in developing a programme of activities, helping to highlight the advantages of taking action now, and explore ways of engaging with youngsters and new people to choose a career in Fenestration’ Stephanie continues.

Adrian Toon, Acting Chief Executive at CAB said, ‘Our view on training and the development of people comes high on the list of priorities for CAB, proof of which can be seen in the introduction of a new 1-day Essential Knowledge Curtain Walling course for installers. Accredited by GQA Qualifications, the new course increases the skills and professionalism of installers and allows them to work towards the newly-created CAB Curtain Walling CSCS card. We are happy to be doing our part in supporting Building Our Skills and associating our brand with BOS principles.’

Stephanie continues, ‘Proving to young people that there is career progression via qualifications is a key element in attracting them to our industry, so, with CAB’s foresight and acceptance in aiding us to share information to their members and encouraging them to get involved, is a great result for us.’