THE NATIONAL Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) successfully promoted roofing as a career to several schools at the third of its regional roadshows yesterday.
Held at Bolton College while the roofing SkillBuild heats took place, visiting youngsters were not only able to see roofing’s elite apprentices completing the competition rigs with slate and tiles, they were also invited to try their own hands at roofing activities.
Students had a go at slate cutting and fitting with Bolton College’s roofing tutor, Luke O’Gorman on a special demonstration rig set up for them by Cupa Pizarras and Klober; they were treated to several roofing goodies courtesy of BMI Redland and Icopal; and Paul Lambert of Hambleside Danelaw was able to chat to many of the students about what roofing involves as well as their future career aspirations. The Marley stand saw students building their own constructions with wooden blocks and taking home many welcome freebies.
Very popular, was Ian Martinson from Wienerberger who invited pupils to have a go at hand-carving their own dragons and elephants from the same roof clay Ian uses to create his renowned bespoke, hand-carved roof finials and gargoyles – all showing the many varied roles available in roofing.
Sue Wharton from North West Roof Training Group was on hand to discuss ‘routes to roofing’ with interested students and advise them on their next steps. And Sean Benwell from the Lead Sheet Training Academy showed off the craft of lead bossing and welding, also encouraging pupils to try out their own skills.
Simon Dixon, NFRC Training Manager, “These roadshows have been a very successful way to promote roofing across all the disciplines and have provided opportunities for young people to have a go and find out more about what the industry has to offer.
“We are very grateful to our sponsors who have come today to showcase roofing skills, as well as to Marley, Proctor and Burton Roofing Merchants who all generously donated materials. Without this support we would not be able to host these kinds of events that are so valuable for recruiting new talent into the industry and raising the industry’s profile.”
There are two more roadshows planned for 5 June at the Eastern Region Roof Training Group premises in Ipswich, and on 13 June at South Devon College in Paignton.