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Government funded qualifications for automotive glazing sector
For the first time, professionals employed in the automotive glazing sector in England have been given the chance to gain a national qualification thanks to Government funding support.
IWA is keen to offer opportunities for formal qualification of owners and employees to around 700 independent businesses in the UK.
Commented Maria Charlton, Director of IWA:
“Automotive glazing requires an extremely complex set of skills and an increasingly broad knowledge of how new windscreens work and interact with the rest of the vehicle. The windscreen fitter has evolved into a highly skilled technician and this new provision of funded qualifications will offer a fantastic means of affording national recognition to those who have built up considerable experience.”
In a bid to encourage new recruits into the sector, IWA also launched a brand new 12-month Apprenticeship in Automotive Glazing in 2009. This was a milestone for the independent sector as it was the first time that a structured programme of learning, resulting in a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), had received funding support from the Government.
IWA has since registered twenty candidates, aged from 16-19 on the programme, as well as starting a brand new Modern Apprenticeship this month in Scotland for both young people and adult learners.
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