GQA Qualifications Blog

Tuesday 13 August 2013

GQA Conference 2013 - Key Speakers and Workshops

The GQA Conference on the 21st of November, will see four key speakers providing their insights and current information for delegates on a range of training topics. Here are the speakers and the topics they will be delivering at the conference.
Key Speaker
'Apprenticeship Initiatives – Future changes to Apprenticeships'

James AylingThe National Apprenticeship Service
James joined the National Apprenticeship Service upon its launch in 2009, and is now the Head of Employer Accounts in the Central Eastern Area of England.
He has worked in post-16 learning sector for over 25 years. His work has involved him in; development and implementation of some of the earliest educational software for special needs students during the 1980’s; community engagement and lifelong learning in the most deprived areas of London during the 1990’s; and since 2001, working in the Essex for the Learning & Skills Council leading the funding and development of F.E.Colleges and work based learning training providers. In his present role he has responsibility for increasing the number and range of Apprenticeship places offered by large employers by leading a team of business engagement advisers working across the East of England, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire. .
As an advocate of Apprenticeships for the last 20 years, James has seen first hand how many businesses have benefited from employing apprentices and how the skills gained from an Apprenticeship can make a real impact on the lives of young people.

'MTCs for Domestic Window and Door Replacement'
Austin Greene - Network Veka
Austin Greene’s career in the window industry started in the late Eighties with a HND in Building Studies, and has seen him experience a variety of roles in fabrication, installation and quality assurance before joining Veka in 2008 as Technical Services Manager. In 2012, Austin moved across to Network Veka to assist with the establishing of the Assure competent person scheme. Austin will be running a workshop at the GQA Conference, discussing the link between GQA qualifications and minimum technical competencies for domestic window and door replacement.

'Making Health and Safety work for your business!'
Declan MooreGlass & Glazing Federation
Declan is a passionate Health & Safety professional, who joined the glass industry in 2005 as the National Safety Manager for the Glass Industry. He was the driving force behind the development of the “GLASS Charter”, which is the industries proactive health and safety management system and is now utilised in many locations around the world.

'Assessment: Purpose, value, responsibility of the assessor and assessment styles.'
Kevin Smyth - Principal of Project Management Training a training partner with R T Resources and  industry clients.
Kevin has 30 years experience in the construction manufacturing sector involved in steel fabrication, facades and aluminium systems both as an employee and employer. Kevin has qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Building and Queens University, Belfast. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and Institute of Occupational health and safety. And he is also a part time lecturer in Health and Safety at Belfast Metropolitan College.

'Why it is Necessary for all Installers to Understand the Building Regulations?'
Andy Carrington - GQA Qualifications

Andy has worked with glass for 30 years and has worked in most areas connected with this industry. Some of the work Andy has been involved with includes; glass cutting, glass processing, glazing maintenance, replacement window sector and contract management. For the last 11 years Andy has worked for Derby College as a teacher/trainer and now joins GQA has an external

General Surgery

An opportunity to speak with GQA and Associates on topics including:
 - E-portfolio and GQA online
 - Innovative Marketing
 - MTC / CPS Competent Person Scheme
 - General Qualification Development and Implementation

See the Conference Programme for time slots.