MORE THAN 100 roofing industry guests came together to celebrate 10 successful years of training by the Welsh National Roof Training Group (WNRTG) on 6 June 2019 at Ffos Las racecourse near Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, South Wales.
The event celebrated the apprenticeships and continuing professional training successfully completed by hundreds of roofing professionals over the past decade since the organisation was formed in 2009.
Chairperson of WNRTG, Gregg Brett, director of Treforest Tiling, welcomed guests thanking them for their participation and support and praising their achievements in raising standards and increasing the professionalism of roofing in Wales.
WNRTG Group Training Officer, Lesley Hughes recognised the invaluable work of the trainers who have delivered courses to more than 40 apprentices in the last four years alone at the dedicated WNRTG Roof Training Centre in Caerphilly.
Lesley also recognised the great value of product donations made by manufacturers, allowing apprentices to train using the latest materials, including support from SIG Roofing, Permavent and ICB. She also thanked the roofing contractor companies who have supported the upskilling and training of their operatives at the Centre, including Rooftop Tiling, Treforest Tiling, Avonside, Vanguard Roofing, MA Hartley Roofing Contractors and TPS Roofing.
A special mention was given to Hugh Williams from Rooftop Tiling for donating a gift to all the apprentices who attended on the day.
Although regretting there are no young women trained as roofers in the area as yet, Lesley finished by congratulating the qualifications and successes of the many current and former apprentices who attended the event, inviting the room to applaud their achievements.
Rounding off the presentations was Richard Miller from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) who updated the audience on the roofing accreditation scheme, RoofCert.
Guests were treated to a celebration dinner and evening of horse racing in the beautiful surroundings of Ffos Las and enjoyed following the fortunes of the horses they’d backed in a series of six races over the evening.