Sustainability-focused window and door designer, manufacturer and installer, CMS Window Systems, has demonstrated its commitment to creating affordable, energy-efficient homes across the UK with its support at the annual Building, Housing and Renewables Seminar run by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).
Held at the Dunblane Hydro in February, the 2016 event included talks, case studies, networking opportunities and areas for debate for public sector and local authority professionals working in building maintenance, housing services, renewables and energy efficiency. A strong focus of this year’s seminar was the challenges presented by the Scottish Government’s ambitious vision to provide affordable homes for all by 2020.
CMS played several significant roles in this year’s event. This included running an exhibition stand, alongside other key players in the building and housing sector such as Jewson and Mears Group, to answer attendees’ questions about what the fenestration industry in Scotland in particular can currently offer the public sector. Through its extensive work with housing associations and local authorities, as well as independent housebuilders and developers, CMS is uniquely placed to understand the challenges faced by public sector professionals working in housing and building maintenance.
The seminar was followed by APSE Scotland’s annual dinner, which played host to APSE Scotland’s Building and Housing Apprentice of the Year 2016 award ceremony. Established in 2004, the award scheme recognises the achievements of Scotland's apprentices and their commitment to learning a range of skills within the housing and building sector. In addition to sponsoring the annual dinner itself, CMS was the patron of the ‘Non-Trade’ category of the award. The winner, Donna Smith, was judged to have shown outstanding dedication and prowess in her Quantity Surveying apprenticeship at Fife Council.
Of the apprenticeship award winners, APSE’s Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said, ‘I’m extremely impressed by the calibre of this year’s finalists. It always amazes me to hear about the achievements and skill of the apprentices, and it seems that the entries we receive improve each year. This year’s finalists are highly dedicated individuals, committed to their personal and professional growth, and this shows through the hard work they do in their apprenticeships. Both the finalists and their councils should be very proud of themselves.’
CMS Window Systems Managing Director, Andy Kerr, said of his company’s involvement with the event: “The work APSE does is truly invaluable for those striving to innovate and improve building and housing services in the public sector. It was a great pleasure to contribute our services in the event and to see first-hand the wealth of knowledge and expertise APSE’s members have. “We were also delighted to sponsor the non-trade Apprentice of the Year award. It was an honour to reward Donna’s hard work and commitment to her apprenticeship.