How to get your voice heard

BCITO is required to know about and respond to the skill and performance requirements of your sector.  One of our mechanisms to achieve this was to form a National Advisory Group (NAG) made up of real and connected people from your industry. 

Paul Ingram

For all intense purpose, these people are your voice at the BCITO table.  

Key functions of the Timber Joinery NAG are to help us build a correct and current view of the skills and capability needed in your workforce.  Pinpoint and share future requirements based on trends, lifestyle, technology changes etc.  Write strategies that close gaps between existing qualifications and what’s really needed on the workshop floor.

It’s important to the advisory group that you know who they are and a little about them.  

Introducing to you today Paul Ingram. 

“I started sweeping the floors at Lee Brothers as a schoolboy - that was the prerequisite in those days for getting an apprenticeship! The economy was buoyant so at that time Lee Brothers were taking on an apprentice most years. It was a traditional factory manufacturing the full scope of joinery so I had a great apprenticeship with lots of opportunities. 

“The owner of the business at the time encouraged me to undertake some business study which I did outside of usual working hours and as a result was rewarded with a position at a sister venture which gave me a few years valuable management experience. Following the resignation of my old boss at Lee Brothers, I became general manager, 11 years after starting my apprenticeship. From there I’ve participated in profit share which has allowed me to acquire ownership of the company.

“Joinery is an industry made up of good people, down to earth, who take pride in their work. The networks and friendships made provide a lot of fun at functions and events including a memorable trip recently to Austria and then Milan for Eurocucina Design Fair.

“Although relatively new to the Joinery NAG I value the opportunity to provide input shaping the training of our apprentices. Having had a great experience myself, I’m dedicated to providing that same opportunity for our apprentices at Lee Brothers and the wider industry. I firmly believe that a career in trades is a viable, actual preferable, option to university education. With targeted training content that matches modern joinery manufacture and with a good balance between on job and specialist provider training we can provide rewarding careers within our industry. I’m always happy to have a chat around apprentices and training.”

We will be introducing your NAG members over the upcoming sector emails; your thoughts and feedback about training, education, and change are invaluable.  We invite you to use your NAG channel to have your voice heard.

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