AluK is pleased to work closely with GQA as an Approved Centre, providing a range of fully accredited courses to installers, fabricators, specifiers, and other members of the construction industry who are interested in AluK’s products and processes.
Operating as a nationally recognised Awarding Body for more than twenty years, GQA offers both competence and knowledge qualifications to equip people with the knowledge and skills required to work within our sector. GQA is recognised by both Ofqual, for NVQs, VRQs and QCF qualifications, and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) for SVQs and SCQF qualifications.
About the GQA
Building our skills partnership
The AluK Academy is now part of the Building Our Skills Campaign. BOS has a range of campaigns running designed to help attract new people to the industry and to retain key staff already in place as a way of bridging the widening skills gap.
Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration, Glass and Glazing a Career of Choice – is committed to bridging the growing skills gap faced by the industry by working closely with employers and other organisations to attract new entrants, and by upskilling the existing workforce to ensure it can meet future challenges and continue to prosper.
They have a wide range of campaigns, including working with the education sector to make youngsters aware of the Fenestration Industry as a career of choice; with the military to engage ex-service personnel, and raising awareness of the benefits to business of a more diverse workforce to show our industry as a home for everyone. AluK is a major advocate of Building Our Skills and we work closely with them in partnership across a wide range of initiatives.
Building Our Skills operates three academies which we support:
All the academies are designed to help upskill existing industry employees to encourage them to truly choose Fenestration as a career of choice, not just a job for now.
Building Our Skills also runs a mentoring programme for the industry, details can be found here.
Their aim is to inform, encourage, support and inspire.
The Cab 1-day Curtain Walling Essential Knowledge Course
The Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) course, which has been accredited by the GQA Qualifications, is an introduction to curtain walling and is intended either as a revision for experienced curtain wall installers or for individuals who have little or no knowledge of the fundamentals of this type of glazed construction.
Applications to attend the course will be managed by CAB and candidates can apply by completing the enrolment form which can be found on the CAB website at https://c-a-b.org.uk/training/cab-1day-curtain-walling-course/ CAB will then liaise with candidates to book a convenient course date and the training will be carried out by a GQA Approved Training Provider.
Training Providers will offer guidance to candidates to apply for a trainee card, temporary card or renewal card and further information regarding the criteria for the CAB Curtain Walling Installers CSCS card can be found at https://c-a-b.org.uk/cab-curtain-walling-installers-cscs-card/
To apply for the card please see GQA Qualifications website
About the Council for Aluminium in Building
The Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) was formed in 1994. Its members include consultants, fabricators, installers, systems companies and many specialist product supply and manufacturing companies.
CAB provides high quality technical information and guidance on regulations, standards and best practice. Post Covid, we have an ambitious events programme including Regional Members Meetings, Conferences and Seminars around the UK.
The Association is also highly proactive in a number of aluminium and sustainability initiatives in the UK and Internationally and is involved in developing and delivering a series of key training initiatives including the CAB Skills Card. Council for Aluminium in Building (c-a-b.org.uk)
Young people aspire to be what they see around them in their everyday life but it’s difficult to aspire to a future that you never see and don’t know exists.
Inspiring the Future believe that every young person in our country, wherever they live, whatever their parents/carers’ circumstances, whatever school they go to, should have the opportunity to hear first-hand about jobs and the world of work.
Inspiring the Future show young people exciting futures. They give them the opportunity to meet a wide range of role models doing interesting, exciting jobs to inspire and motivate them. And they help them to understand that by aiming high, working hard and making an effort in school or college they can realise their dreams.
AluK has an obligation to try and attract new and exciting talent into the fenestration sector and make sure they remain in the industry and we are pleased to partner with Inspiring the Future.