Shelforce is a supported business dedicated to the assistance of disabled people looking to enter employment. Currently there are around 80 people employed at its PVC-u windows and doors factory in Erdington.
The business runs like any other: it has to see the products it produces to survive. Where Shelforce differs is that it actively recruits and supports severely disabled people, but within Shelforce’s own factory, and other businesses in the wider community.
Shelforce invests heavily in training and development. Over 90% of the employees have or are working towards an NVQ, an opportunity also offered to those employees that Shelforce supports in external businesses. The company’s Centre of Excellence training facility, the ALEproject, offers training in the installation and survey of windows and doors to disadvantaged groups looking to break into the building industry.