The BMI National Roof Training Centre in South Cerney, Gloucestershire will be a venue familiar to many contractors.
Training approximately 1,500 roofing contractors and merchants in the last 12 months alone, the Centre offers a range of courses, including Introduction, Advanced, Estimating, Dry Fix, Solar and a Basic Competency Program certification in Pitched Roofing, leading to gaining a red Experienced Worker CSCS card, which allows contractors to work on site while working towards the next level of qualification, usually an NVQ, and a blue Skilled Worker card.
Under the expert instruction of BMI trainer, Alastair Blant Roofing Today’s editor, Claire Griffiths spent an enjoyable two days attending an Introduction to Pitched Roofing and Estimating course, working alongside trainees to construct a roofing rig using Redland’s Grovebury clay pantile and a second rig in the classic Rosemary clay plain tile.
Trainees come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Joining the group on this occasion were Francis Holden, civil engineer turned house developer at Beechcroft, Mare Wood contractor Mark Barnes, who is a former landscaper, as well as Jim Simpson, construction writer and Scott Hurry, a flat roofing specialist from the Icopal side of the BMI.
Reflecting the trend towards UK manufacturers offering complete roof systems, Redland’s 15 year pitched roof guarantee is available when contractors install whole roof systems from the Redland range to the company’s specification – meaning that training to install products correctly is a critical part in obtaining the warranty.
With a stock of entertaining and memorable stories, guidance on the latest standards, technical instruction and practical estimating skills and installation are made easy by Alastair, who has also developed extensive links with construction colleges across the country to support apprentice roof training more widely.
This month will see BMI Group’s Redland and Icopal Apprentice of the Year 2018 competition on 27-28 June, with roofing apprentices from across the country being judged not just on their practical roofing skills, but their estimating and wider business knowledge to take the pitched and flat roofing accolades and winning a £1000 cash prize each.