GQA Qualifications, the Fenestration’s leading awarding organisation celebrates 20 years of writing industry relevant qualifications in January 2022. To mark the occasion, they have just launched new ‘accredited training’ and bespoke ‘qualifications writing services’ for employers.
Most of us in the industry are aware of the high levels of training and certification that are now part of the landscape when it comes to the manufacture and installation of windows and doors. Today’s industry is governed by stringent building regulations to which those manufacturing and installing windows and doors must adhere, and most companies are investing consistently in their staff, ensuring they have the right skills to do their work to the highest standards.
Now two new specialist services provided by GQA Qualifications are helping the industry to develop training solutions tailored to the specific needs of employers and their staff. The ‘Accredited Training’ and ‘Bespoke Qualification’ services provided by the fenestration industry’s leading awarding and qualifications-writing organisation means that employers can create and accredit in house developed training courses and learning programmes in addition of course to using existing qualifications.
GQA’s Accredited Training service is aimed at employers in the industry who want to have their in-house training endorsed by GQA Qualifications and gives them the opportunity to deliver training that focuses on candidates’ particular needs specific to their role with the employer.
Commenting on the service, GQA’s EQA/Technical Officer, Martin Sadler says:
“Using our Accredited Training service means that employers can develop their own training to suit their employees or their customers’ needs with the GQA stamp of approval to show the quality of the training delivered. The GQA-branded certificate we offer is a valuable tool and highlights the third-party endorsement we bring. We can also help to develop specific courses in the consultation phase of our collaboration.”
GQA’s Bespoke Qualification service is aimed at employers who wish to be able to offer those staff undertaking specific roles the opportunity to work towards gaining a qualification where one does not already exist. The service is perfect for niche specialist areas which do not lend themselves to meeting the required content of a standard regulated qualification. In close consultation with the company concerned, GQA will develop a qualification that meets the needs of the organisation and the people who require it.
“It is disappointing when people in specific, specialist job functions are not able to develop their careers by working towards achieving a qualification because a relevant regulated option is not available. This is where our Bespoke Qualification service can help. Developing a qualification tailored specifically to them, which carries the approval of GQA, means that employees can fully prove their competency, and employers can put into place for them a career progression route. Once developed, the qualification is exclusive to the employers concerned.”
“Both our Accredited Training and Bespoke Qualification services are proving extremely popular. They demonstrate the need for a flexible approach to training. Here at GQA we have close to two hundred qualifications covering a broad variety of sectors. The fenestration industry, just like any other, needs training solutions tailored to its specific needs. I’m proud that we are helping to facilitate this and contributing to raising standards and assisting in shaping careers.”
More information on GQA is available at www.gqaqualifications.com.