E-Learning Project Supports UK Roofing Sector

Richard Coles, Managing Director of BPR Roofing Services in Barnsley completed all six RoofCERT mandatory courses, as did his eight staff members.

IN MAY THIS YEAR, Roofing Today reported an initiative by the Yorkshire Roofing Training Group (YIRTG) and the Yorkshire & NE Counties NFRC, to provide E-Learning opportunities to companies during lockdown.

The courses offered were specifically those which assisted individuals to demonstrate their knowledge against RoofCERT objectives including Working at Heights, Manual Handling, Abrasive Wheels, Asbestos Awareness, Fire Safety and First Aid.   The courses are approved by relevant bodies including: ROSPA, IIRSM, IATP and some also attracted CPD Points.

The project proved so successful that the YIRTG’s Group Training Officer, Denise Cherry, who is also a Director of the Roofing Industry Alliance (RIA) alongside Chairperson, Kevin M Taylor, requested funding assistance from the RIA to expand the project to cover the whole of the UK and offer the courses totally free of charge.

Training Groups and Federations

Eight Roofing Training Groups were involved and several Federations, including SPRA and LRWA which referred companies to the groups.   The NFRC and Institute of Roofing also made the offer available to their members, as did the IRT Scotland Training Group, which offered a valuable deal to their members.  Demand was good in all participating areas with Sue Wharton of the North West Roof Training Group encouraging member companies, and take-up in this area being by far the highest.

So far, the whole project has assigned 2,850 courses to 800 learners from 80 companies from all 4 nations, and there are a few courses still available.   The scope and rapid delivery of the project in less than four months has been widely applauded throughout the industry.

UK map with location pegs
UK map showing the geographical spread of the 800 learners undertaking roofing e-learning.

Roofing Collaboration

Denise Cherry says, “Both myself and fellow director and Chair, Kevin M Taylor, are delighted that the Roofing Industry Alliance has been able to support this truly collaborative project, which offered furloughed staff an opportunity to continue learning during lockdown. They have undertaken courses which have real value to individuals working towards RoofCERT, and to companies keen to show team knowledge to strengthen their training catalogue and support with development of PQQs and pre-assessment schemes such as CHAS.

“With the easing of lockdown, courses have continued to be attractive as top up knowledge for those catching up on a backlog of work, but still wanting to maintain an up-to-date training record.

“Sometimes it’s great to be in a position to take quick, positive action that makes a difference, and the collaboration of all the parties involved sets the groundwork for future projects and training success.”

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