Pro-Fitter is the official UK training provider of window, door and conservatory products and thanks to its partnership with the Further Education college Coleg Sir Gâr, certain elements of Pro-Fitter courses fulfil NVQ requirements. It means installers can directly progress onto NVQ courses after successful completion of certain Pro-Fitter grades. Lou Leka, Pro-Fitter’s Director, says: “Become competent with Pro-Fitter and be assessed in competencies by progressing onto a full NVQ has never been easier.”

Pro-Fitter is a fully GQA-accredited and recognised training centre. It provides hands-on and classroom-based training in a variety of products, including removal, replacement and finishing touches. Lou comments: “Pro-Fitter is the only provider delivering bespoke training that allows people to learn in a controlled environment and have their competency levels assessed.”

On completion of a Pro-Fitter training course, an individual installer will be listed in both the Pro-Fitter and GQA directories and given a GQA certificate and a photo ID card so the grade they hold can be checked.

Lou says: “Pro-Fitter status gives a competitive advantage. Installers will be able to prove their expertise more easily. They’ll also have a point of difference when marketing to homeowners, especially because up to 80% of our annual marketing spend will be directed at the consumer, with the clear message of the benefits of choosing a Pro-Fitter registered installer.”

Pro-Fitter is already causing a buzz because it addresses the problem of the growing skills gap in the industry. The fact it’s supported by some of the biggest names in the industry including Eurocell, Spectus, AluK, Würth Group, Synseal and Hurst Plastics demonstrates the value it is bringing. And with the partnership with Coleg Sir Gâr and NVQ alignment, it seems the buzz is set to get even bigger in 2019.


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