DMR TRAINING officially launched their new Roofing Academy in Wigan yesterday, with the North West Roof Training Group’s Sue Wharton cutting the opening ribbon and celebrating with many from the roofing sector attending.
Dave Radley, Managing Director of DMR Training said: “I’m really delighted to be officially opening the Roofing Academy today. This region needs a flexible training facility that will work around employer’s needs right through the year and help to recruit the next generation of roofing professionals.
“We’ve had fabulous support, not just from CITB who can fully fund businesses’ apprentices through their NVQ Level 2, but also from across the industry.
“Without the support from BMI Redland, Klober, Hambleside Danelaw, SIG Roofing, Midland Lead and Velux, our students would not get such up-to-date products to train with, or the specialist support to correctly install such a wide range of roofing materials,” Dave added.
The DMR Training Centre is the only centre in the region to offer flat roof training to NVQ Level 2 in built-up felt roofing (BUFR), as well as in Slating & Tiling. Trainer, Andy Stafford has spent many years in the roofing industry. He says, “I focus on the apprentices being relaxed and enjoying their time learning, and from that their motivation and enthusiasm is built on to learn to become trained roofing professionals.”
It’s an approach that seems to be paying off, as three DMR apprentices were recognised at the launch event as excelling in their training. Adam Weir of Priority Roofing NW Ltd, in Leigh, was recognised as North West Apprentice of the Year. In his first year of NVQ L2 and working mostly on newbuilds, Adam commented on why he thought he’d won the award: “I apply myself in all areas, I try really hard, turn up early everyday and listen and follow what I’m told. I also enjoy what I do: being outside, the camaraderie of working with mates, and every day is different.”
In joint second place were Jakob Liptak from Swindells Roofing, based in St Helens and Callum Ramsden from IH Gallagher Roofing in Altrincham. Jakob and Callum had joined the other DMR Training apprentices earlier in the day welcoming school pupils from Deanery High School in Wigan, and giving them roofing taster sessions as part of this week’s National Apprenticeship Week activities.