People and skills remain central to the success of the product and service we provide. Specialist Joinery Group’s apprenticeship scheme has been awarded formal recognition. We have received accreditation to deliver NVQ level 2 in “Performing Manufacturing Operations” by the Engineering Training Skills Council. This considerable financial investment has provided substantive qualitative outcomes, improving employee engagement and wellbeing and also cementing our performance improvement culture.
Initially, a workforce wide NVQ programme was delivered for all production based staff. The programme continues and will include our annual intake of Apprentices and new recruits. Our apprenticeship delivery team are formally trained assessors. Many of this team served their apprenticeship with Specialist Joinery Group demonstrating the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills that we retain.
At industry level, market recovery has revealed a significant skills deficit. Fortunately our long term vision and strategy for Specialist Joinery Group recognised that securing our knowledge and skills base was critical to achieving long term growth targets.
Recently governments across these islands have renewed their commitment to our apprentices. On the 27th of May the UK government outlined it’s ambition to create 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020. Whilst in Dublin Minister for Housing, Planning and Construction Paudie Coffey reported a +40% increase in apprenticeship uptake in 2014 at the National Construction Summit.
We remain committed to maintaining our relationships with schools, colleges and universities to encourage students to pursue careers as “Professional Craftsmen.”