GQA Qualifications Blog

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Mammoth project realises results for National Windscreens

Established GQA centre IVS Training and Assessment embarked on a major project with automotive glazing company, National Windscreens South East, back in April 2012.  The Company’s aim was to train and qualify over 50 of their technicians, showing a clear commitment to invest in their staff.

A programme of training and assessment was agreed with IVS automotive glazing specialist Ty Priestman that would see National Windscreens’ technicians receive specialist training followed by assessment of knowledge and skills. 
Bradley Wood, General Manager of National Windscreens in the South East said “Working with IVS and Ty in particular has been a pleasure and more than worthwhile.  Our technicians needed to meet the requirements of their contracts and to conform to PAS 125 - the qualification by GQA was the ideal solution.”
“IVS identified the individual learning needs based on our requirements and developed a programme to be delivered at a pace that suited the staff and in such a way to allow us to still run our business effectively.  I would definitely recommend their services and have already given Ty the go ahead to develop a programme for new members of staff.”
Ty indicated that “Working with National Windscreens over the past few years has not been without its challenges, but in the same breath a very rewarding experience. As the project ran over an extended period, I was able to see the candidates develop their skills and knowledge extensively. Usually the biggest challenge is to plan visits around workloads, holidays and sickness but the management team gave me their full co-operation and made the process a lot smoother. One other challenge was because they were all doing the AG23 Remove and Refit section there was a massive shortage of appropriate work. Yet again the management team were extremely flexible and very resourceful at times. I am looking forward to working with the National Windscreens South East team again and have already signed up some new staff members that missed the original project. “ Ty also commented “This project was fully supported by Eastleigh College, who ensured that funding was available, which made the whole enterprise possible.”