Educating Beyond The Classroom

Educating Beyond The Classroom

Educating Beyond The Classroom

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.


Delivery Staff

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.

Alan Fletcher – Manufacturing Assessor

Duties include; teaching, assessing on standards apprenticeship qualifications.  Areas delivered include Storage and Warehousing, Team Leading, PMO and Management to level 5 for age groups 16 to 65.  Also responsible for the delivery of ERR, PLTS and functional skills to level 2 in math’s, English and ICT.  Working with the quals direct electronic portfolio system.  Also supporting distance learning.

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.

Steve Cattell – Trainee Assessor

Steve has 39 years` experience in mechanical and electrical engineering, covering all aspects of the role from design, manufacture, quality and delivery of the engineering process. He has extensive knowledge in quality, maintenance, health and safety, management and legislation. Steve is also fully conversant with 5C, 5S, CP, CPK, SPC, TPM and lean manufacturing procedures.

Support Staff

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

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.

Emma Hawke – Administration and MIS Assistant

Emma’s role includes assisting the manager of internal systems by ensuring all learner documentation is compliant. Emma assists with advertising apprenticeship vacancies and the administration of all applicants, whilst ensuring all computerised and non-computerised systems are up to date. Alongside 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 is 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.

Educating Beyond The Classroom