CMS Window Systems helps create skills and employment-boosting Community Trade Hub

14 Nov 2018

CMS Window Systems has donated a range of PVC windows to help create a new community training facility, which is set to boost construction skills and employment prospects in an area of Fife that lags behind the rest of Scotland in its social and economic prosperity.

The Community Trade Hub in the Levenmouth area is being created to give everyone in its local community the opportunity to learn, grow and prosper in the construction trades by gaining practical training and employability support. Its mantra of ‘changing lives for the better’ reflects the hub’s broad ambitions to help provide alternatives to further education or unemployment with training to unlock employment, self-employment and self-improvement potential.

Created at the Buckhaven Community Centre, the Community Trade Hub will also provide an important service to the local community by giving the general public, trade contractors and the trade supply chain access to a pool of trusted, accessible and affordable tradespeople in their neighbourhood.

The team behind the project have relied on charitable donations to supplement funding by Fife Council to bring the hub to fruition. Here, CMS Window Systems, who operate a door factory and recycling centre at nearby Kirkcaldy, stepped in to help by manufacturing and installing a range of PVC windows free of charge. These windows were an important part of the building’s refurbishment, helping to ensure the hub is a safe, secure and comfortable training facility.

Kenny Mcallister, co-founder of the Community Trade Hub, said: “This is a really exciting project which will bring a sense of pride back into the Levenmouth community, not only through the employment opportunities it will open up, but because it will help relieve social isolation and the stress felt by many school leavers. Getting the building refurbished and equipped to a good standard so we are ready for our customers has been crucial stage and we are extremely grateful to CMS Window Systems for their support.”

David Ritchie, CEO at CMS Window Systems, added: “The Community Trade Hub is an innovative project that we are delighted to be able to support. Giving the next generation of youngsters the opportunity to develop skills in the construction trades and find stable careers is vitally important, and we hope the hub becomes a catalyst for the broader social and economic improvement that Kenny and his colleagues are aiming for.”

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