Kestrel Awards First Q-Card to Ultegra Services Ltd

UPVC building products manufacturer Kestrel, one of the largest global manufacturers of UPVC roofline and cladding, has awarded the first Q-Card to Ultegra Services for achieving the GQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Domestic Fascia, Soffit and Bargeboard Installation (QCF).

Kestrel offers the NVQ qualification exclusively to its Registered Installer customers as Simon Reynolds, Sales and Marketing Director of Kestrel explains: “The NVQ is designed to give the homeowner additional peace of mind knowing our Registered Installers have had formal training in fitting UPVC roofline products, legislation affecting the products they sell, and more specifically the benefits of installing products from the Kestrel range. Ultegra is the first company to put its team of installers through the training programme.”

GQA Acting Chief Executive, Mick Clayton and Laurence Hicks, Divisional Manager for Latium Building Products, attended a presentation at Ultegra Services Ltd, where Ultegra installers received their certificates.Neil Whitfield of NW Training comments: “The roofline industry has been keen to recognise the skills that installers have and the GQA qualification for Domestic Fascia, Soffit and Bargeboards installers is the ideal solution for installers wishing to formalise their skills and experience. NW Training has vast experience in the Home Improvement sector and is able to work with large organisations such as Kestrel to raise standards across this sector.

Simon continues: “Ultegra is the first Installation company that Kestrel have awarded the Kestrel Q Card which Ultegra say will make a significant impact on securing new installation business both in the Commercial and Private sectors of their business.

"We already have 20 more installers going through the programme and we are confident the demand for it will continue, especially as insurers continue to push for clauses to be introduced in home insurance policies, encouraging homeowners to ask for proof of qualification from anyone who carries out work on their home.

"If this change gets through and a homeowner tries to claim on work that has been carried out without proof of the necessary qualifications, the homeowner may not be covered. Kestrel always tries to keep its customers one step ahead of the competition and its Q-Card scheme is the latest example of this.”