Certass Ltd, a Government approved Competent Persons Scheme, has partnered up with 4GE Academy to provide funded NVQ/QCF training and apprenticeship places for glazing and solar panel sector qualifications. Our new partner 4GE Academy specialises in the development and management of apprenticeships and national qualifications across many industry sectors, helping to deliver our commitment to continually improve industry standards all round.
Certass Ltd obtained a license in 2006 to operate a Government approved Competent Person Scheme for replacement windows and doors. Certass has always had a customer led focus, delivering excellent service at a cost effective price. Certass is one of the fastest growing Competent Person Scheme operators with thousands of members using our systems.
New Government initiatives involving Green Deal and proposed changes to Competent Person Scheme operator licenses have highlighted the need for glazing sector qualifications to be higher on this industry’s agenda. Both these initiatives will require installing companies to evidence the competence of its workforce.
This can be achieved by either:
- Recognised qualifications i.e. Level 2 NVQ/QCF Fenestration Installation qualification
- MTC (Minimum Technical Competence assessment)
In addition to now being able to provide qualifications to our members, this partnership will bring a new level of assistance to Certass registered and affiliated companies regarding information, advice and guidance on how to obtain support from NAS (National Apprenticeship Service) through their £1,500 age grant in supporting wage costs when recruiting young people through related apprenticeship programmes. For companies willing to take on apprentices, our new partnership with 4GE Academy will support those companies in recruiting individuals whilst offering a “pre-apprenticeship” programme, thus supporting employers in recruiting apprentices who are ready for work. Recent objectives for Housing Associations encourage successful tendering processes to include the recruitment of local apprentices and with our new partnership with 4GE Academy; Certass will be providing the support for companies looking to gain a favourable position with their Local Authorities in the tendering process.
Jason Clemmit, Certass Certification Managing Director said, ‘I have been working closely over the last few months with qualification authorities and Government to ensure that the proposed MTC is a common sense assessment that does not place a burden on industry and allows us to evidence the quality of the people working in our sector.
Our intention is to deliver the NVQ/QCF qualification whilst up-skilling individuals in line with industry and legislation changes and requirements. We have in partnership with 4GE Academy, developed a bespoke delivery and assessment system which has been designed to capture what installers do daily whilst introducing them to the under pinning knowledge of the qualification.
I am delighted to be working with such a forward thinking partner as 4GE Academy to deliver the NVQ/QCF qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks to both our members and the industry. We aim to deliver specific training and assessment practices, whilst delivering quality provision without impacting on the existing businesses activities.’
4GE Academy says ‘We are delighted to be working with Certass developing a bespoke Apprenticeship programme which will help recognise and acknowledge a quality workforce demonstrating high standards in the sector. This apprenticeship programme will ensure the delivery of training to Certass members remains relevant and specific to the industry changes and demands.
With the launch of Green Deal very close, the timing of this relationship is right and ensures the Green Deal Agenda is supported into the future with a young workforce. We anticipate an excellent response from the sector to take this opportunity and the benefits it will undoubtedly bring to business. ‘