Until now, there has been limited industry-recognised training providers for window, door and conservatory products. All that has changed with the launch of Pro-Fitter. The initiative is the brainchild of Pro-Fitter’s Director, Lou Leka, who says: “Many certifications exist in our industry but none offer bespoke training that allow people to learn in a controlled environment and have their competency levels assessed. We are
not another Competent Person Scheme. We are not a Vocational College. We teach hands on skills and ability and provide the lessons to give the ability and confidence to carry out specific work.”
In short, he says: “Becoming a Pro-Fitter separates you from your peers and competitors and gives homeowners and businesses confidence in you.”
Pro-Fitter is a GQA-accredited and recognised training centre and a CITB recognised training organisation that is supported by some of the biggest names in the industry including Eurocell, Spectus, AluK, Würth Group, Synseal and Hurst Plastics. Plus, certain elements of the Pro-Fitter Assessments fulfil NVQ requirements to enable direct progression onto NVQ courses. Lou says: “Become competent with Pro-Fitter and be assessed in competencies by progressing onto a full NVQ – simple!”
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. In this way, homeowners get the peace of mind they need and individual installers can prove their expertise more easily. Lou says: “Up to 80% of our annual marketing spend will be directed at the homeowner, with the clear message of the benefits of choosing a Pro-Fitter registered installer. This will generate homeowner leads which will be filtered down to the Pro-Fitter network, thus providing installation companies with value for their certification.”
The growing skills gap is one of the biggest challenges the industry faces over the coming years. The launch of Pro-Fitter gives installation companies the solution they need to address the gap and gain a competitive advantage.