Making Fenestration a Career of Choice

UK Industry is experiencing a massive decrease in the number of new entrants choosing industry before further education – leading to a noticeable skills shortage. To help combat this for the Fenestration industry a new campaign – Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration a Career of Choice was launched in June 2018.

The campaign is designed to help build a wider awareness of the industry and its many career opportunities and inspire young people – and career changers – to consider it as a career of choice.

If you were to search online for the word ‘Fenestration’ you will find the following Wikipedia definition ‘The design, construction or presence of openings in a building, including items like windows, doors, louvres, vents, wall panels, skylights, storefronts, curtain walls, and slope glazed systems.

A fantastic example of what the Fenestration industry is involved in, is the Shard.

This stunning structure has transformed the landscape of London over recent years and is a great illustration of the type of projects individuals could potentially be involved in by choosing Fenestration as a career. So, why shouldn’t we shout out about what a wonderful industry Fenestration is to work in?

Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration a Career of Choice already works closely with many industry employers, and is proactively promoting the ‘Inspiring the Future’ campaign to employers and individuals keen to invest in encouraging youngsters to experience and learn about the industry and the many careers paths available

For employers and individuals wanting to share their experiences with youngsters, simply commit to as much or as little time you have spare. Choose whether you wish to support schools/colleges locally to your home or your work address, and the matching service provided by the ‘Education and Employers’ will provide your details to teachers in the area who will be in touch to help plan an activity with you.

Sign up here by clicking this link

  • Register and volunteer for Inspiring the Future – Making Fenestration A Career of Choice
  • Complete the quick registration, letting us know the postcode area where you wish to volunteer
  • Receive an email with further details
  • Connect with a teacher to plan an activity

Ambassador for Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration A Career of Choice, John Ogilvie calls for the industry to acknowledge the need to get more involved with schools and colleges – ‘A new approach to attracting new talent to the industry’:

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be able to influence youngsters about their career prospects, even before they reach an age to decide. Helping teachers and parents to educate youngsters and experience what other career options are open to them is something that could benefit the Fenestration industry greatly.”

Stephanie Tague, Head of Building Our Skills, said:

“We are proactively encouraging employers to encourage their experienced employees to volunteer for ‘Inspiring the Future Making Fenestration A Career of Choice’ and engage with the local schools and colleges. We have already seen some of our more proactive supporters benefit from this type of activity and grow their workforce through young talent.

Katy Hampshire, Director of Operations and Programmes

“It’s fantastic to be working with Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration A Career of Choice, and all its supporters. This is an industry traditionally associated with construction, but with a stand-alone, estimated arm worth nearly £5bn and the exciting prospect of some amazing long-term projects on the horizon, the industry can proudly talk to youngsters about how many interesting career opportunities there are available to them, now and for the future.”

Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration a Career of Choice is happy to offer further support and advice on the types of activities individuals could support.


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