Clearview National November 2017 - Issue 192 - Page 21

SEVENTHINGS... 5. THE BIG GREEN Q A brand designed by GQA to help promote to consumers and employers, promoting quality through qualifications with individuals who comply carrying a card with the Big Green Q logo. The brand is a symbol of better qualified and trained individuals, through a GQA qualification. It is important, because of the industry’s skills shortage, to encourage individuals to join the industry and forge a long- term career. When completing their training, there is no better way than giving them a badge of quality, and the Big Green Q stands as an example of quality and approval that has been achieved through hard work and dedication. 6. PROUD INDUSTRY SUPPORTERS GQA actively supports many individual industry initiatives which encourage quality, development and training of the industry and individuals. For example, the Master Fitter Challenge, inclusion in the UK Pavilion at Fensterbau and campaigning for continuous personal development and training. More recently, GQA is spearheading a new initiative – ‘Building our Skills’. This initiative-in- development has the objective of giving the industry a standard representing the industry as one, promoting the advantages to school leavers and young people to join the fenestration industry. With discussions ongoing, it is likely that the initiative will be developed through late 2017 and early 2018 and has the objective of focusing the efforts of employers and training providers alike when promoting a career in fenestration. 7. NOT ALL ABOUT WORK Chief Executive Officer for GQA, Mick Clayton is a prominent figure in the campaign for driving qualified and quality personnel through the ranks of our industry’s many varied roles, and his drive and passion is extremely hard not to notice. Mick also strives to support causes which benefit the local communities too, which has led to GQA providing support for a local men’s health group. In the last couple of years, GQA has provided support for a programme entitled ‘Fit Reds’. Inspired initially by the British Heart Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK, the programme has been running throughout Barnsley for around 6 years, offering male participants the chance to undertake a 9-week lifestyle and fitness programme in both the classroom and on the pitch, improving knowledge of health issues affecting men over the age of 35, encouraging better health, diet and fitness. C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » N OV 2017 » 21