GQA Qualifications Blog

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Workshops added to the line-up at this year’s GQA Conference

GQA are delighted to confirm further workshops that will be available to delegates at the GQA Conference, to be held at Schueco’s impressive Network Centre in Milton Keynes on 26th November.

I’ve already got my NVQ, What’s Next?

A GQA qualification is for life, but legislation and customer demands have seen the need for proof of current competence. GQA introduced its first qualification specifically developed as a means of meeting these requirements without going through the “traditional” portfolio building assessment process, in 2011, the GQA Level 3 Award for Continued Competence in Automotive Glazing.  The workshop will give delegates an overview of the success a GQA Employer Centre has had with this as a robust, cost effective way of proving competence. The MTC scheme brings the need for updating proof of competence to the Fenestration Industry and the workshop will explain GQA Competency Update qualifications for Installers, Surveyors and those who carry out both roles. This is a great opportunity to hear about a solution for Industry and how to deliver it.

This workshop will be delivered by Denis Reed of National Windscreens and our very own Sean Hayes

Denis has been working in the automotive glazing industry for over twenty years with Mobile Windscreens Ltd (part of National Windscreens) where he is currently the Compliance Manager. He heads up a small audit team looking after stock control, health & safety and product development as well as induction, training and assessments.  He first became involved with Automotive Glazing NVQs back in 1996 and has been active in this field ever since. Many of you may recognise Denis from previous GQA Conferences, he was the recipient of the GQA Best Practice in Internal Verification award in 2011.

Sean Hayes, Technical Manager for GQA has worked in the Glass Industry since leaving school and joined GQA in 2009. Many of you will know Sean as the EQA for your Centre; others may know him from his work in qualification development, CPD events, previous GQA Conferences or the MTC scheme.  Automotive Glazing has played a big part in Sean’s career so he was particularly pleased to come up with the concept of the competency update qualification for that industry, and building on from this, Sean has been instrumental in the development of the suite of Competency update qualifications.

If you haven’t yet booked your place, What are you waiting for?  Book your place by contacting Emma Barnsley on Tel: 0114 2720033 or simply email  Don’t be left wondering what you missed out on this November!