FORMER SOLDIER, Tom Thompson has received another accolade, this time as winner of the Rising Star category in the RCI Pitched Roofing Awards 2018.
Tom is no stranger to achieving such recognition for his roofing skills. In June this year, Tom was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Pitched Roofing category of the BMI Redland Apprentice of the Year competition, and he also came second in the SkillBuild finals in 2017 with the judge’s commendation.
Tom’s career in roofing started after time served in the army, when he was taken on by Andy King of AL King Roofing as an apprentice, via the fully-funded CITB Specialist Applied-Skills Programme administered by the South West Roofing Training Group (SWRTG), and delivered by Alan Lander of Rooftrain.
The training was a 23-day programme, delivered over a 12-month period with another 6 months to complete the assessment. Tom was awarded an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Roofing Occupations – Roof Slater and Tiler, and was able to apply for his blue CSCS skilled workers card. “Even back then, Tom had something special – I was really keen for him to represent the SWRTG at SkillBuild and the Apprentice of the year, and he did himself, and us, proud” says Alan Lander.
Tom has recently registered to become an assessor with the help of the SWRTG and CITB funding. Alan adds, “Once Tom has gained some experience, with the skills from his army days and his passion and enthusiasm for roofing, he will be a natural at assessing and teaching. But whatever route Tom chooses to take in the future, he will be an inspiration and an asset to the roofing industry.”