One of our long serving employees working on a PVCu frame

Employing an inclusive workforce since 1839…

No company has the community at its heart quite like Shelforce, a leading manufacturer and installer of PVCu windows and doors based in Birmingham.

The full Eurocell systems supply partner specialises in providing high quality products to local authority building projects, including social housing, new builds and schools, around the country, including for Birmingham City Council.

Howard Trotter, Business Manager of Birmingham-based Shelforce, said: “We ensure that every project is always on time thanks to our flexibility and quick lead times.

“We can work closely with both landlords and tenants if required to ensure that everyone is satisfied with all work undertaken and ensure that we only supply the highest quality products to allow everyone to enjoy a comfortable and safe home.”

But, while Shelforce makes it their mission to help provide quality housing for the wider community, what really sets them apart is their inclusive employment. In fact, when it comes to training and employment opportunities in the glass and glazing industry, the window and door manufacturer is leading the way in inclusivity.

Founded in 1839 as a workplace to provide paid work for the visually impaired as part of the Royal School for the Blind, Shelforce was officially opened in Erdington in 1984 and bed manufacturing, engraving and woodwork became part of the business, as well as making gates and fences for Birmingham City Council.

The company then refocused their aims on providing an employment stepping stone opportunity for people with a wider range of disabilities, before starting to manufacture windows and doors, which quickly became the company’s sole focus.

Shelforce remain true to their origins and values today

To continue this legacy, the company has opened a dedicated training facility at their factory in Erdington to provide regular work experience placements for students from nearby schools, including special needs schools.

Howard explained: “Investing in the future is something we have always taken seriously and by offering regular work experience placements, we want to help young adults of all abilities take their first steps into the workplace – and continue a proud legacy of supporting Birmingham’s population that stems back to the very beginning.

“At Shelforce, we’ve benefitted hugely from the in-built resilience of disabled workers throughout our long history. They can make exceptionally loyal, dedicated, hard-working employees in this and any other industry.”

For more information call Shelforce on 0121 603 5262 or contact them online.


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We have an impressive history which stretches back to 1839 when we were a workplace for the visually impaired.

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