A HEREFORD TRAINING CENTRE became only the second roofing training provider in the country to be given NFRC Centre of Excellence (CoRE) status on 15 July 2019.
The Hereford city centre-based CoRE Roofing Training Centre was awarded the prestigious designation by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors at a ceremony and celebration at the 6000 sq. ft. premises.
Congratulating owner, Andy Rowlands, Bob Richardson, NFRC’s Head of Technical said: “I think for us all to be here today is a true testament of what Andy has achieved.
“Andy is one of those people that keeps me in the industry. He is honest, has complete integrity and is humble. All he wants to do is give back to the industry. He has achieved so much here in Hereford and we look forward to seeing Andy build on the talent and bring on the industry’s future generations.”
Andy Rowlands is no stranger to exceptional roofing success, winning the International Pitched Roofing award and UK Roof of the Year Award in 2017. The following year, Andy took home the UK Heritage Roofing Award and was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers. Andy also judges the national Roofing Skillbuild competition.
Andy is a seasoned roofing trainer, delivering NVQ 2 Slating and Tiling, Heritage and lead skills. Hereford CoRE is now set to help deliver the new, national roofers’ accreditation scheme, RoofCERT, which will involve Andy assessing roofers in the region and delivering training where necessary to bring up their skill levels.
Accepting the NFRC Centre of Excellence award, Andy said, “I’m honoured that so many people came here today. It’s through the support of the industry that we are able to offer roofing professionals the chance to improve and extend their skills here at the Hereford CoRE.
“We are dedicated to helping raise standards across the industry and providing roofers throughout the region with the necessary skills to deliver consistently excellent outcomes for their customers and so build their careers and businesses.”
In recognition of Andy’s exceptional achievements in the industry, particularly in heritage roofing, Ian Martinson from one of the UK’s oldest clay roof tile manufacturers, Keymer, presented Andy with a handmade, clay roof gargoyle. Made specially for the occasion by Ian, he explained that the gargoyle will bring Hereford CoRE good luck and prosperity.