Mick Clayton, lead external verifier from the GQA (right) with Karl Owen (left) and Neil Whitfield (middle) from GAP.

GAP gains accreditation

Published:  22 April, 2009

BLACKBURN: GAP's Training Centre has been given accredited status by the Glass Qualifications Authority (GQA) and the Construction Award Alliance (CAA). This means it can now offer, deliver and assess NVQ qualifications in a wide range of topics such as special installation of roofline systems.

GAP appointed Neil Whitfield as its training development manager to work alongside group training manager, Karl Owen.

Mr Whitfield was formerly head of onsite assessment and training (OSAT) at Wigan and Leigh College, and is a professionally qualified trainer and accredited qualification assessor.


As well as gaining accreditation from the GQA, GAP is working in partnership with St Helen's College to access funding from the Learning Skills Council (LSC) which will enable them to offer Train to Gain Courses.

"We are the only company in the PVC-U industry offering these courses," said Mr Whitfield. "Training has been forgotten by many in the industry, and we're fulfilling people's requirements by offering formal training courses, and, NVQ on-site assessments. There is a lot of scope for the Training Centre and we have some exciting plans for the future. We're looking to expand the qualifications we offer and we hope to do this on a national basis."

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