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Academy launches with first apprentices
December 2018

CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has welcomed twelve young people to its new CMS Apprenticeship Programme delivered via the CMS Academy.

The 57-week programme gives apprentices training and experience in both window fabrication and installation, allowing each apprentice’s skills and aptitude to be channelled most effectively to maximise their chances of securing a permanent position on completion. Mentors will also be ‘talent-spotting’ throughout the training period to select one or two individuals to join a further 18-month development programme.

Head of HR Emma Phillips said: “The aim of the CMS Apprenticeship Programme is to develop ‘homegrown’ talent by providing young people with training and experience across a range of different areas within CMS. This will enable them to develop their technical and personal skills for a long and successful career with the company, the routes for which are clearly defined.”

CEO David Ritchie added: “The programme is central to the future success of our business. The 2008 recession left our sector depleted of skilled workers, and with Brexit just around the corner, there is no guarantee that the European workforce which proved so valuable in filling the gap will be accessible going forwards. We also have to address the issue of an ageing workforce. The average age of a tradesman in the UK is now 57, so we need to do our bit to ensure the next generation of skilled workers is coming through and ready to step in once the current skilled workforce retires.”

Up to this year, CMS Window Systems has already provided more than 100 apprenticeships, many of which have resulted in permanent roles as part of the 270-strong workforce at its Cumbernauld and Kirkcaldy factories and recycling centres. Apprenticeships have been at the core of the company’s sustainability strategy since its inception, featuring concrete social, economic and environmental targets to benefit the local communities in which it operates.

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