ROWSELL ROOFING, a long-established Somerset roofing contractor, is celebrating their newly qualified apprentices: Zac Hopkins, Tyler Mason and Sam Ellis.
All three apprentices have successfully completed their Specialist Applied-Skills Programme (SAP) gaining a Level 2 QCF NVQ Diploma in Roofing Occupations – Roof Slater and Tiler.
Peter Rowsell, director of Rowsell Roofing acknowledged the hard work and dedication each apprentice has put in to earning their academic qualification in roofing: “They have learnt the practical techniques and theoretical knowledge of how to use plain and interlocking tiles, natural slates and other materials to cover valleys, hips and general areas. These core areas have been supplemented by their completion of qualifications in First Aid and Health and Safety, along with other industry-specific subjects.”
Peter explained that each delegate has also gained over three years of professional technical experience on-site in their time with the company.
Peter emphasised the thanks due to Rowsell’s senior staff for their part in Zac’s, Tyler’s and Sam’s achievement. “Without the constant mentoring and support on-site from Rowsell’s experienced workforce, the on-site learning element of the boys NVQ would not be achievable,” Peter said.
The specialist roofing training of the SAP is delivered by Alan Lander of Rooftrain, on behalf of the CITB through the South West Roofing Training Group. Alan echoed Peter’s acknowledgement, saying: “It’s great to see experienced people willing to nurture and hone the skills of the emerging workforce – without this commitment, so much valuable knowledge would be lost forever.”
Gaining his NVQ is especially poignant for Tyler Mason who made it to the SkillBuild finals in 2018. Unfortunately, Tyler had to withdraw from the competition due to an injured ankle. “I found college an extremely enjoyable experience being able to take time to learn the skills needed to progress myself. These skills have translated into much more efficient, and higher standards of work than I was producing before”.
The success of all three apprentices reflects Rowsell Roofing’s commitment to investing in training for the emerging workforce. The firm sees training as helping to sustain a level of professional expertise within the company and the roofing industry. Apprentice Sam agrees, “I feel the apprenticeship has benefited me in all areas of my work. I learnt new and more practical ways of roofing, making day-to-day tasks easier. After completion of the apprenticeship my confidence in all areas of roofing has improved, due to the skills I’ve learnt on the course”.
Fellow apprentice, Zac went on to say, “I am very pleased to have completed my apprenticeship. Working on site, and combining the teaching from the course, has improved my knowledge and practical skills massively. I have also been working very hard in a team and on my confidence, and it has been enjoyable”.
The apprentices are proud of their achievement and recognise the positive impact it has already had on their work. Boss, Peter is looking forward to witnessing their continued progress – and has already welcomed the next apprentice by enrolling him on the September 2019 SAP programme in Exeter!