Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration, Glass and Glazing a Career of Choice put two members of staff from Strata Windows through their paces recently on its four-day practical training course and one-day introduction to surveying course. Course attendees Jordan Simpson Dono and Lewis Atherton are both installers at the Staffordshire domestic and commercial window and door installer.

Commenting on the training provided, Sharon Parkes, CMIOSH, Strata’s Director of Health, Safety & Compliance said:

“Here at Strata we care very much about developing the skills of our staff. We are great supporters of the practical training offered by Building Our Skills, and have been very pleased with the quality of support offered by the initiative.  Jordan and Lewis let me know that they found the practical training four-day course to be ideal for beginners. I was impressed that they were assessed throughout, and that the course was even adapted to suit their individual abilities. Being able to complete the Surveyors course as well was a great use of their time, giving them additional skills and building their confidence. I would definitely recommend the courses to other fenestration industry employers who wish to support the development of their employees’ careers.”

Mark Simpson, who along with Shaun Bentley, delivered the training for Building Our Skills added:

“I hope the knowledge and skills gained from the courses will be put to good use by Jordan and Lewis, who engaged well with the process. We were impressed with the work they did on the practical side of things in particular. Here at Building Our Skills we’re committed to helping to bridge the skills gap that exists in the fenestration industry by working closely with employers and other organisations. It’s not just about upskilling, but about inspiring and encouraging people to join the industry and to stay here to make it their career of choice.”