It all started with a Tweet. Nigel Grant, a self employed installer, is a regular tweeter and is known for being a straight talker. Their online exchanges sparked up a conversation between Nigel and expert trainer, Andy Clegg from The Fenestration College. Nigel was sceptical about taking qualifications, having worked his way up from the shop floor and built his own flourishing double glazing business. So what changed his mind? What convinced a sceptical installer to take the plunge and gain the GQA Qualification for Fenestration Installation?
New Minimum Technical Competencies have been approved by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and are ready to be rolled out within the industry. These new MTCs will mean that installers such as Nigel may need to take qualifications in order to get up to scratch with the new criteria for the industry. Andy explains, “The new MTCs will mean that Installers will need these qualifications in order to work within the industry. Nigel has made the smart move to qualify and gain the Q card in order to be one step of other installers, a very smart move for his business.”
Nigel of Nigel Grant UPVC successfully completed GQA’s Level 2 Diploma in Fenestration Installation. He said, “I thought I knew everything and was up to scratch with all regs, but taking this qualification has uncovered areas which I was unaware of. I am now totally up to scratch and have the qualification and the Q card to prove it. It’s good for business and sets me aside from my competitors who haven’t yet got the GQA Qualification.”
The GQA Q Card is a card with photo ID and QR code for installers to carry with them as proof of their up to date qualifications and competency to do the job. Mick Clayton, CEO of GQA explains, “Candidates who have successfully completed the Level 2 Diploma can apply for a Q Card. The cards offer a big advantage for holders; they are a mark of quality and allow consumers and companies to check the competency of the worker.”
Nigel has worked in the glass and glazing industry for over 20 years and runs his business, Nigel Grant UPVC from his base in Clitheroe. Nigel said, “I started at the bottom and worked my way up, working alongside people and learning what works and what doesn’t”. Nigel is well known in the Ribble Valley area for the design and installation of double glazing, having built a solid reputation for being a trusted family business providing top class workmanship.
The Fenestration College is based in North Yorkshire, providing affordable but quality training and assessment for the glass and glazing industry. Training specialist and industry expert, Andy Clegg, established the college, which has earned a reputation for delivering quality training, assessment and support to candidates throughout the UK. Andy said, “I know Nigel through Twitter and we got talking about the imminent need for installers to become qualified. Things in the industry are shifting and installers will need to take on these kind of qualifications in order to progress and remain competitive within the industry
For more information go to www.GQAQualifications.com or call the GQA team on 0114 272 0033.