More than just glazing: Howells provide NVQ’s to all of their staff

Howells Patent Glazing, our rapidly growing manufacturing firm, is investing in its workforce and the future of manufacturing in the Midlands by offering NVQ’s to all of our staff in conjunction with Dudley College!

Undertaking workplace NVQ’s has become an important part of Howells Patent Glazing’s working environment, as we are keen to address the skills shortage that is affecting businesses like ours across the UK.

According to The Employer Skills Survey (ESS), manufacturing businesses are most likely to encounter skills shortages when looking to recruit suitable candidates for their roles in the industry, accounting for 30% of hard-to-fill manufacturing vacancies.

One of Howells’ most recent employees to enrol on an NVQ course is 17-year-old welding apprentice Reece.  Working alongside long-standing employee Dennis, an experienced MIG and Coded welder, Reece will be completing his Level 3 Diploma in Engineering and NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations.

Apprentice Reece with the experienced Dennis.

Apprentice Reece with the experienced Dennis.

Debbie Willetts, Company Secretary said, “As a construction company, we have to keep up to date with training with IOSH, CSCS, Platform etc, but more importantly we feel its our responsibility as employers to invest in our staff.  Our long-term growth strategy isn’t just about processes; it’s about developing our staff by building on their qualifications and in turn, passion for our business.  We are really excited to be rolling out new qualifications to all our staff during the course of 2016 ”.

With the ESS estimating that employers are spending £4.9billion to train their workforce, our continued commitment to training will hopefully have a positive effect on the current UK skills shortage, and make sure that the industry continues to thrive for years to come.

We see our investment in staff as an enrichment programme to ensure that every member of the workforce is satisfied in their job role, and is able to obtain the relevant skills needed to remain ahead of the pack within the manufacturing industry. Starting as a family-run business, we are going from strength to strength, and hope that by giving back to our staff, we will see another 40 years of success!


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