I have just been part of a team conducting a review of skills and education programmes in China to look at how our two countries can work together on skills development and ultimately how qualifications can benefit workers on site.
I have also recently spent time in India, where again, the industry is looking to introduce qualifications to make it more efficient and to provide better skills for its workers.
It might seem strange that at this very early stage of their development – in real terms – these two countries are already looking at introducing qualifications to standardise how they operate as sectors and indeed to raise their standards.
Clearly – the Big Green Q is being seen in the most far flung destinations! But you don’t have to look that far….
It is fair to say that in the UK the uptake of qualifications in construction and in our own window and door industry was not enthusiastically embraced in their very early days – the market demand for window and door products was running the supply chain and in truth there was little time to consider such things.
But perception has slowly changed; appetite in the industry for formal qualifications and learning has increased. As if overnight, companies in the industry have woken up to the fact that there are real benefits to having qualified personnel in so many areas of their business, including the improvement of their bottom line.
GQA has over 70 Approved Centres throughout the UK delivering over 100 different industry specific qualifications, MTC’s and CSCS compliance.
Better qualified employees perform their jobs better – and the results of this are better sales, better quality in production and installation, better customer service and retention and company growth.
It is so important, especially now with skills shortages beginning to bite that we encourage young people to join our industry to forge a long term career, and that we support those people who are already involved. There is no better way of doing this than by committing to their training and development over a long period of time through qualifications.
The FIT Show starting next week in Telford, is a chance for the industry to get together and talk about everything which is affecting it, and qualifications, training and development will certainly be high up on the agenda.
The good news is you don’t have to look far to find an approved GQA centre to deliver those training and qualifications requirements. That’s where you will see the Big Green Q.
Mick Clayton is CEO of GQA Qualifications. For more information, visit GQA at the Master Fitter Challenge pavilion or in the Ryton Suite in the Atrium of the Telford International Centre.
GQA has been writing qualifications for and with the window industry for 25 years www.gqaqualifications.com 0114 272 0033 @gqaquals #BigGreenQ