TAKING PLACE in National Apprenticeship Week, Hambleside Danelaw’s Paul Lambert presented NVQ Level 2 Slating and Tiling students from Bolton College with a continual professional development (CPD) session.
Held on 5 March, 2019, the day comprised of a mixture of mini presentations and demonstrations from the field technical support officer. A combination of miniature rigs and videos were used to create a lively and engaging talk for the second-year students.
Paul, who began his career as a roofer, started the session by delving into his own background before breaking the ice by sharing his 2-metre fall story, which soon got students asking questions and provided an opportunity to reinforce the importance of safe working at height.
A range of topics were tackled during the day, including roof wind loading. Paul kept the interest of the young roofers by using the analogy of an aircraft wing design, to communicate the principles of air pressure and resistance.
The importance of following manufacturer instructions was also explained, in order to avoid any liability and to ensure all product warranties remain intact. By relating his presentation of dry fix products to the latest BS 8612 standard, Paul helped students see the real-life relevance of the classroom-based theory they learn during college hours.
Liam Dooley, an apprentice roofer at The Roof Co (NW) Ltd, said the day introduced him to using different products. He said, “I work with my dad who’s a more traditional roofer, he works with a lot of lead. It’s nice to see how alternative products and methods are developing in the industry. Although I work with lead now, it’s good to see the products on display today because I might work with them at some point during my career.”
Hambleside Danelaw representative, Paul, sees his connections with UK roofing colleges as pivotal in keeping the next generation up-to-date with technical developments.
Paul commented, “Although it can be difficult for apprentices to go back to their companies and say we should be using this, in that way, training in the correct use of products is valuable knowledge that students can draw on throughout their careers, especially if they go on to start their own roofing businesses.”
Roofing Lecturer, Luke O’Gorman, believes manufacturer visits help to reinforce the students learning. Luke values all the continued support that Hambleside Danelaw give the roofing division: “Hambleside provide us with vital training supplies that allow our students to get hands-on with a range of products in the workshop. The training is invaluable and gives all our apprentices a grasp of what they are likely to be working with on site.”