One of the biggest concerns in the industry currently is the impending skills gap. It’s a concern Epwin Window Systems is acutely aware of, but Sharn Samra, the company’s marketing director, says it is taking steps to tackle the issue. “We know that fabricators and installers are concerned about finding skilled workers and it’s something that Excellence as Standard, our ground-breaking new membership programme, addresses. The programme aims to drive quality at every stage of the business and a core part of that is in having a skilled workforce.”

A cornerstone of EAS is the Excellence Academy, which offers two routes to creating a skilled workforce. The first is a heavily discounted NVQ training and the second is apprenticeships.

The Excellence Academy is just one element of the Excellence as Standard programme because members also benefit from the quality products available from Profile 22, Spectus and Swish.