February 10, 2023

Join the GGF Skilled Pathways Scheme and Attract Apprentices to Your Business

Join the GGF Skilled Pathways Scheme and Attract Apprentices to Your Business

The UK has been facing a skills shortage in certain industries and the Glass and Glazing industry is included in this.


Some of the factors that may contributing to this shortage include:

  • An aging workforce, As many experienced workers near retirement age, there is a need to replace them with skilled workers.
  • Changes in technology and innovation, Rapid advancements in technology and innovation are leading to the need for workers with specialised skills and training.
  • Brexit, The UK’s exit from the European Union has led to restrictions on immigration, making it more difficult to attract workers from other countries to fill skill gaps.
  • Competition for talent, The global competition for skilled workers has intensified, making it more challenging for UK businesses to attract and retain top talent.
  • Decline in vocational education, A decline in vocational education in the UK has contributed to a shortage of workers with practical skills in certain industries and trades.

You can read more about the scheme by clicking on the button below.

This skills shortage has led to challenges for UK businesses, including increased competition for talent and higher costs for recruitment and training. To address this issue, businesses will need to focus on investing in training and development for their existing workforce, partnering with schools and colleges to support vocational education, and offering competitive compensation and benefits to attract and retain top talent.

The Answer? The GGF Skilled Pathway Scheme!

The GGF are working in partnership with Total Support Training and GQA Qualifications, meaning the Skilled Pathways Scheme is unlike any other in our industry. The GGF Skilled Pathways Scheme has been set up to specifically help recruit, educate and invite the new generation of traders to the industry to help improve the skills shortage affecting the industry.

The Scheme currently covers Glazing, Glass Processing, Fenestration, Fire Resistant Glazing, Window Film Application and Technical Administration. However, the GGF are planning to add more specialisms over time.

To find out more about the courses and qualifications available from GGF Training, please click the button below.

What Can You Do to Attract Apprentices?

A lot of businesses would like to train an apprentice to become a competently trained member of their staff but struggle to find the right apprentice. Some things you can do to help:

  • Offer a competitive salary, flexible work hours, and professional development opportunities to attract apprentices.
  • Create a positive work environment, make sure your business culture is inclusive and supportive of all apprentices, and that they feel valued and respected.
  • Provide opportunities for growth and advancement, offer apprentices opportunities for advancement within the company and support their professional development through training, mentorship, and other educational programs.
  • Highlight your business’ mission and values, make sure your business’ mission and values align with the interests and goals of your potential apprentices. This can help attract individuals who are passionate about our industry.
  • Network and build partnerships, Network with schools, colleges, and other organisations to find potential apprentices and build partnerships to support your recruitment efforts.
  • Offer hands-on learning experiences, Provide apprentices with hands-on learning experiences that allow them to develop practical skills and gain real-world experience in the industry.
  • Showcase your work, Within the industry we do some amazing and high-profile projects. We should celebrate this and showcase the talent already in the industry.

Industry Training and the Skills Shortage has always been discussed as a high priority and many businesses are in the same boat.

With the GGF Skilled Pathway Scheme we finally have the answer to solve the skills and competency problem.

It is our priority to assist you in getting apprentices on the scheme so that you end up with a competent worker who has the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform their job effectively and efficiently for you business.

To apply for the scheme, Members are invited to contact their GGF Regional Manager, email membership@ggf.org.uk or complete the GGF Skilled Pathways Scheme Enquiry Form and we’ll contact you with further details.

For further information about the GGF Skilled Pathways Scheme, and for any assistance or enquiries, please contact us at training@ggf.org.uk.

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