Trainers – Meet The GFTS Fenestration Team
Laurence Pearson – Managing Director/Lead IQA
Laurence is an industry professional, with over 26 years experience of glass related occupations and fenestration installation activities, from commercial, new build and the domestic markets.
Laurence started life as an apprentice glass processor and took the opportunities to progress as and when they were presented. Progression into management first brought about Laurence’s involvement with training and development started back in 1999 whilst undertaking the D32 and D33 awards. More recently Laurence refreshed his knowledge of the assessment process and completed the A1 Award.
Laurence undertakes the daily running of the business and is dedicated to delivering an excellent level of customer service, to all clients and candidates.
Simon Hindle – Glass Industry Assessor/Internal Quality Assurer
Simon has worked within the glass industry since the age of 16 and since this age he has been increasing his knowledge and experience in multiple different job roles.
He has been in the training industry for many years now, and his previous working career has helped him into the transition from a physical job and management, into the training and assessment activities. Having completed many training courses himself and constantly updating his own knowledge through CPD works, he has become an all round excellent trainer, assessor and IQA for all the glass related qualifications and management. He prides himself on his career and his professional attitude to increase workload and working relationships with customers, and he always strives to improve himself, his learners and companies that he deals with.
At GFTS Ltd, He wants to continue to improve himself and the company to lead the way in our industry and provide the best possible service to help individuals and companies better themselves and be successful in their future.
Amir Shah – Glass Industry Assessor/Internal Quality Assurer
Over 16 years’ experience in this field and a background of being an apprentice himself.
Responsibilities include delivering and completing Apprenticeships/NVQ commercial glass qualifications on time. Support and guide trainee Assessors/Work based recorders by mentoring and ensuring that their quality of work is not compromised. This is in terms of their delivery of holistic observations, marking knowledge and giving feedback. Ensure that the evidence collected by any the trainee Assessors/Work based recorder is valid, authentic, sufficient, current and reliable. Carrying out Formative and Summative internal verification on e-portfolio and observations on teaching and learning
Andy Hayden – Construction Assessor/IQA
Andy is a highly experienced, qualified, construction trades assessor, with over 20 years’ experience within the construction industry from commercial to residential builds at various levels. More recently he moved into further education working for local colleges where he gained higher level qualifications in teaching and construction.Starting with GFTS Ltd in March 2020 he is now keen on pushing the knowledge boundaries of potential learners by offering qualifications from intermediate to higher level. Andy continues to improve himself through CPD, and the company by offering additional provision.
Oliver Pearson – Glass Industry Assessor
A valuable member of the team and fully qualified assessor, Oliver has several years of experience in delivering our qualifications. His keen knowledge and approachable attitude allow him to form a rapport with our learners quickly, and drive them to succeed throughout the programme.
Dean Lister – Glass Industry Assessor
Dean’s role at GFTS involves delivering Fenestration Installation training and giving learners a greater knowledge of the Construction and Fenestration Industries. He works alongside senior management to create schemes of work and lesson plans, invigilating and marking CSCS tests, marking completed workbooks before being submitted for internet verification and improving learners employability skills.
Matthew Saunders – Trainee Glass Industry Assessor
Matt is currently working as an employed assessor for us here at GFTS. He has a passion for learning and the ability to recognize criteria and framework requirements in adult education as a result of the development and qualifications that he has undertaken throughout his career.
Samantha Tinker – Quality and Business Development Manager
Providing a clear vision for the company’s ongoing success and development , including Client and Apprenticeship engagement, training and development and providing strategic leadership in consultation with the Directors. Contributing to the continuing quality improvement and policy development of the company.
Accountable for Strategic Business Planning and Management of the assessment and support team, along with overall management of Quality and Performance
Zoe Polzella – Office Co-ordinator/Compliance Officer
Zoe Co-ordinates all the day to day requirements for our assessment team, ensuring that all aspects of the delivery process runs smoothly, while simultaneously providing a valuable customer service element to the business, for learners and employees alike.
Hazel Fradley – Quality and Processes Manager
Hazel has worked within this industry for over 10 years’ with varied experience in different types of roles. Within GFTS Hazel is responsible for monitoring, reviewing and where necessary, updating the Quality function within GFTS Ltd. Interacting with internal and external stakeholders to continually improve processes and procedures and provide training where required.
Jessica Snell – Sales and Contract Development
Aside from completing general administration tasks, Jess works hard to ensure that learners set their functional skills, claim their certificates and to register learners onto their qualifications and claim their CSCS cards, as well as registering learners for their online portfolios. Jess’ primary role at GFTS is to help process the learners’ enrolments and reviews, and to ensure that all computerised and non-computerised systems are up-to-date.
Emily Roots – Manager of Internal Systems/Administrator
Emily’s main duties at GFTS is to process learners’ enrolments and reviews. Book their functional skills and claim their certificates. Register learners onto their qualifications and claim their CSCS cards. She also registers learners for their online portfolios. Whilst updating all computerised and non-computerised systems. Aside from her main duties, she also completes general administration duties on and day-to-day basis.
Jack Pearson – Office Administrator & Staff Liaisons
Jack provides support for all GFTS staff, including the director, and plays an integral role as a point of contact between our assessment team and the internal office staff. Jack and Zoe are instrumental in the smooth running of operations at GFTS
Adam Golding – Administrator and Trainee Assessor
Adam Golding is one of our trainee assessors with more than 6 years experience in the training industry as a whole.
Adam monitors our systems and processes, working closely with all members of staff to ensure that all stages of the learner journey are meaningful and effective, and that our learners are fully supported.
As a result of his experience, Adam has a good understanding of a wide variety of fenestration and glazing practices, and will soon be a qualified assessor in his own right.
George Tinker – Systems & IT Administrator
George ensures that all IT systems within the company and e-portfolios/electronic learning platforms for learners, are running as smoothly as possible, maintaining and modifying resources and technology to improve efficiency, and managing all of the company’s IT services.