GQA Qualifications Blog

Monday 2 February 2015

Apprenticeships paves the way forward for Scottish company CMS

‘provided 50 modern apprenticeships in the last two years’

Cumbernauld based window, door and building envelope contractor CMS have had five employees successfully complete their modern Apprenticeship through long standing GQA approved centre The Vocational College.

The Apprentices are the latest in a long line of young workers who have embarked on their careers in the building industry at CMS.  The company has now provided 50 modern apprenticeships in the last two years, through a formal vocational programme which has enabled young people to build their skills whilst securing the GQA SVQ 2 Production of Glass Supporting Fabrications in the process.

The Vocational College Operations Director John McCollah, presented the apprentices with the GQA certificates said: “With youth unemployment levels still higher than those of the general working population, the provision of apprenticeships by CMS is vital in giving young people in North Lanarkshire a positive start to their careers beyond education.  There are few manufacturing businesses in Scotland who have shown a stronger commitment to apprenticeships than CMS and it is a pleasure to see their latest graduates progressing”.

HR Manager at CMS, Anne West said: “It’s fantastic to see our latest apprentices complete their initial programme and we look forward to planning the next career development stage with each of them individually.  We really value the contribution our apprentices make from day one at CMS and we provide genuine career progression opportunities for those who are ambitious and wish to develop”.

CMS have also been recognised by the business community by winning ‘Excellence in Young People Development’ award at the 2014 Lanarkshire Business Excellence Award.
The company operates from a 15-acre modern manufacturing and recycling facility in North Lanarkshire with additional facilities in Fife, they now employ 195 people, an increase of 43 in the last 12 months.  It produces more than 100,000 window units and thousands of square metres of Curtain Walling every year, and is one of the fastest growing manufacturing businesses in Scotland.