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Nationwide Windows launch trainee installer scheme to futureproof quality

Nationwide Windows & Doors has launched an independent pilot programme to provide quality training to the next generation of installers, creating real career opportunities and helping to improve communities, housing and homes.

The scheme has been structured to provide a blended approach, including classroom education alongside both offsite and onsite training, tackling the skills gap and futureproofing Nationwide’s high-quality standards to tenants.

Starting in June, the first batch comprised of two recent school leavers under 18-year-olds, with four more trainees who had previous careers in other industries joining the programme in July.

Enrolees begin training as competent labourers, partnering with existing installation teams and supported by Nationwide’s dedicated training team, with those showing potential given the option to progress further and become professional installers. Additional training will be fully funded by Nationwide, who will also be providing NVQ qualifications and other nationally recognised qualifications to demonstrate competence.

Led by Helen Owens, Learning & Development Manager, the Nationwide Training Team also consists of Master Fitter Simon Taylor and GQA Assessor & Trainer Dave Naylor.

“As a company, we have always been passionate about training and improving opportunities for our staff and communities,” says Chris Costall, Nationwide’s Compliance Director. “This programme has created a real buzz already and it’s great to see the candidates taking to the course with such enthusiasm.

“Not only are they getting the benefit of Simon’s vast installation expertise & Dave’s training & assessing knowledge, but working with our teams on site is also giving them valuable ‘boots on the ground’ experience, ensuring our highquality standards to clients is maintained.”

Initially taking place in Nottingham, the scheme is expected to be rolled out nationally. One company working with Nationwide to deliver the scheme is award-winning social housing provider Nottingham City Homes (NCH), who manage 27,500 homes in the city.

Adrian Cheetham, Director of Property Services at NCH, says: “As a major local employer, we welcome the opportunity to work with our key contractors on initiatives that see more local people being able to access jobs and training. We’re delighted to be able to work with Nationwide to offer this kind of blended training.”