Brighouse-based window and door fabricator, Quickslide, has collaborated with Building Our Skills (BOS) and GFTS to help recruit new talent.
When Quickslide decided to create an apprenticeship scheme to encourage young people to join the business, the firm turned to BOS, the industry training and skills organisation that aims to ‘make fenestration a career of choice’ for guidance.
BOS was created to bridge the growing skills gap faced by the industry and as part of its quest to ‘inform, encourage, support and inspire’, it also helps companies with recruitment and training schemes.
After contacting BOS, Quickslide was connected with GFTS, an organisation that specialises in providing training within the fenestration and construction industries. Working with the head of Quickslide’s Human Resources team, Rachael Doran, GFTS is providing guidance on apprenticeship schemes and strategies for recruitment and training. The organisation will also work with Quickslide to find suitable candidates, carry out initial vetting and assistance with interviews.
Rachael Doran commented: “Amongst a number of other initiatives that Quickslide is implementing to bring new people to the company and provide training for new and our existing staff, we are determined to bring young people into our business and the glazing industry.
“As Building Our Skills sets out to demonstrate to young and new people, the fenestration industry continues to be incredibly successful, even throughout the difficult times of the past year and there are tremendous opportunities for careers with various skill sets that will set people up for life,” she added.
Quickslide Chairman Adrian Barraclough is passionate about the development of young people in the business: “Through an introduction by Stephanie Tague at BOS, we are now working with GFTS to find two apprentices initially, to come and join us at Quickslide, specifically in our frame production facilities,” he said.
“We have many people with us at Quickslide who took a job with us and now have a career and there are tremendous opportunities at Quickslide for development and progression within a business that is growing very quickly. BOS is an excellent initiative to show people what a great industry this is.”