News | Published November 29 2019

Lord Blunkett opens new Building Our Skills Academy in association with GQA Qualifications

Co-chairman of The Parliamentary Review, The Rt Hon The Lord Blunkett, has today opened a new Building Our Skills Academy, established in association with GQA Qualifications.

Lord Blunkett was opening the academy in his home city of Sheffield; the first of a proposed series of practical training centres in the area.

GQA Qualifications, a best practice representative in The Parliamentary Review, is an awarding body working across the glass, construction and printing industries, established to improve quality levels within manufacturing, processing and installation through providing robust, industry specific knowledge and competence qualifications.

Underpinned by GQA, the Building Our Skills campaign is designed to attract new entrants, young people and career changers into the dynamic fenestration industry, with 15 clearly identified career paths with progression.

The fenestration industry is a dynamic environment in which to work and the Building Our Skills initiative supports key campaigns "Inspiring the Future" in association with FENSA and "Challenging Workplace Stereotypes".

The FENSA programme has industry ambassadors go into schools to inform pupils about the exciting opportunities within the fenestration industry, while Challenging Workplace Stereotypes in association with the FIT Show sees employers in the field challenge industry norms to encourage the most diverse and inclusive industry workplace for employees to forge their careers.

GQA Qualifications is the fenestration industry’s leading awarding body and has been writing industry relevant qualifications for over 25 years.

The new centre hosts a practical training academy and an inspiring talent academy and will host training and educational sessions throughout the year.

Attendees can also undertake accredited training and progress to formal qualifications in their dedicated fields.

Earlier this month, GQA Qualifications chairman Mike Morris was interviewed by Jonathan White, director of public affairs at The Parliamentary Review, in a podcast. Today's academy opening was discussed as well as future plans and opportunities for the Building Our Skills campaign. You can listen to the podcast in full through the following links:




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