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NAS launches centenary initiatives

The National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) is marking its centenary with a Charity Challenge and an Apprentice Competition.

The #NAS100CharityChallenge has been created as a national initiative designed to be a catalyst for good in local communities, with the objective of mobilising 100 NAS member companies to raise £100,000 in cash or in kind. While the focal point for the challenge will be from 10-22 June 2019, members are being encouraged to launch their own charity initiatives through the year.

“These are two fantastic initiatives aimed at celebrating 100 years of the NAS in GB and Northern Ireland and, given, the level of support at launch we’re confident they are both going to really exciting,” says NAS president Martin Quille. “We’re encouraging as many of our 100+ members to take part on the #NAS100CharityChallenge by raising funds, volunteering some time or simply just doing something to help a good cause or community project.”

Meanwhile, apprentices training with NAS members are being urged to enter a new competition supported by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF). The #NAS100Apprenticecompetition will take place live at Leeds College of Building on 20 June 2019, with the aim to identify and reward the best young workers in the sector. Prizes will include valuable tools.

“We are proud to support this competition as this aligns itself with one of our four strands within the Build it Better with Wood campaign launched at the BWF Members day in June,” says BWF acting CEO Helen Hewitt. “Attracting young enthusiastic individuals into the industry is a priority for the BWF, its members and the sector as a whole. We have found via the apprenticeship route we can develop their skills, retain their talent and hopefully develop the leaders of the future.”

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