Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration, Glass and Glazing a Career of Choice says student registrations for the first of its series of bespoke industry careers fairs in March has now exceeded 500.

“This is brilliant news,” says Mark Handley, Building Our Skills’ Partnerships Manager. He adds:

“Clearly, this new initiative is striking a chord with educators, parents, the industry and students themselves who are seeing the value in it. Our aim is to show the industry to over 1,000 school children and their teachers over the course of two pilot events in March. If the two pilots are successful, these will become annual events enabling us to keep in touch with those who attend as they get closer to thinking about their careers. It is also our intention to expand the number of events into other areas of the country where we are already working with other local education authorities.”

As part of the new initiative, Building Our Skills has launched ‘Career Families’ to help students understand the many career options open to them as they get closer to the world of work.

The eleven ‘families’ together encompass over 100 individual roles, demonstrating career progression opportunities, training, qualifications and how students can start out on their career journeys in the industry.

For teachers, parents and students who want more information about the ‘families’ and the roles they include, simply email and ask for details.

The Career Families will be showcased in person at the pilot events to be held in March 2024 as a part of National Careers Week.  The first will be in South Yorkshire at the Oakwell Stadium, home of Barnsley FC, and the second in Manchester at the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City Football Club. Building Our Skills is working in conjunction with the education bodies in South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester to bring these events to fruition.

For those in the industry who would like to participate, or would like more information initially please click on this link