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2021 marks the 20th year of operation of GQA Qualifications. During the past twenty years, the organisation has been humbled and honoured to find its influence growing amongst a broad range of key stakeholders and decision-makers. Today, the number of committees, initiatives and collaborations to which GQA has been welcomed has never been higher.

The links between GQA and Building Our Skills are firmly established with GQA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mick Clayton, being on the Board of this initiative to help make fenestration a career of choice. However, perhaps less well-known are some of the other organisations with which GQA is helping to shape future decision-making. For example, GQA Chairman, Mike Morris, is part of a Parliamentary Review Group, and GQA has featured in the ‘Parliamentary Review’ talking about the importance of qualifications. This is a guide to political and industry best practice in management is sent to over 500,000 leading business executives.

Mike Morris and Mick Clayton are representing GQA on The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is chaired by Lord Blunkett. The Council brings together the influential industry figures from across the country.

In addition, GQA staff are to be found on the following committees and groups:

* The RISA Board. RISA is a UKAS accredited inspection body for the fenestration and construction industries.

* BEABF, a committee of the Awarding Bodies that work in construction

* The CAB Training Committee. CAB is the Council for Aluminium in Building.

* The GGF Health and Safety Committee and GGF Members meetings.

* The Steering Group for PAS 2030+A1 / PAS 2035+A1 – Retrofitting dwellings for improved energy efficiency.

* The official review of BSAu242 – Windscreen Repair Standards.

* The committee reviewing BS10125 – Vehicle Repair Standards.

* The Sector Advisory Group for Vehicle Repair and Automotive Glazing. This is a group set up to identify and advise the industries on competence solutions and approved CPD.

* The CITB Competence and Skills Group. This is a working party representing all CSCS card schemes to develop a competence framework, including a review of the CSCS card renewal process.

GQA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mick Clayton says:

“It’s so gratifying that GQA staff are able to help and support so many industry committees. To have a seat at the table when the decisions are being taken that will mould the future of the industries in which we operate is a true honour. Having acquired PAAVQ-SET, the awarding body for the polymer, engineering, chemical, pharmaceutical and nuclear industries, we are also keen to build on the strong links that this organisation has in its sectors. Going forwards, we also intend to look for more opportunities for collaborative working in the areas of print and construction.”

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