Roof Training Groups Support Specialist Skill Programme

Specialist Applied-Skills Programme

ROOF TRAINING COURSES delivered through the Specialist Applied-Skills Programme (SAP) are available in several locations across the England and Wales and are a valuable addition to the roofing qualifications available.

SAPs are available in disciplines where no formal apprenticeship programme exists. They offer an alternative route to qualification through quality training, as the providers have been checked for quality, systems and training before contracts are awarded. SAPs are ideal for individuals who have some experience of roofing on site.

Wales National Roof Training Group trainer, Dan O Sullivan comments, “I have been a roofer since 1995 and learnt roofing ’on the job’, qualifying as a roofer in 2003. The opportunity arose to become a trainer using funding via the RIA for the EATS course, and then began working for WNRTG delivering the roof slater and tiling training since March 2019. Its been a huge learning curve to learn the skill of delivering training as it’s completely different to running a roofing business. But the rewards are great to see the young trainees coming into the centre and assisting them to learn skills or hone their current skills. The SAP programme works really well for roofing companies as its just 26 days off job training but they use these skills then on a day to day in their roofing roles.”


NVQ Level 2 Hard Metals and NVQ Level 3 in Hard Metals

NVQ Level 2 in Leadwork and NVQ Level 3 Heritage Leadwork

Also delivered by:

NVQ Level 2 Roof Slating and Tiling  (Wales only)

Course completer Kieron Williams of Vanguard Roofing said, “I have been working for Vanguard Roofing for almost a year. Alex my boss gave me the opportunity to attend the NVQ 2 SAP RST programme at WNRTG. I am really grateful for the opportunity as I can progress my roofing skills at the training centre and also use these skills on site. Dan O Sullivan the trainer has a wealth of knowledge and imparts that in an effective way to not just myself but the rest of the learners on the course. This is the only place in Wales we can gain this training and without the SAP I would not be able to gain a NVQ 2.”

NVQ Level 3 in Heritage Roof Slating and Tiling

Also delivered by:

Jak Scully aged 17, has already been on courses at MasterRoofer in Salford and says: “I really enjoyed my previous courses and I am delighted that my boss has chosen to support me on this programme – I’m excited to start learning again in July”

NVQ Level 2 in Applied Waterproof Membranes

  • Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA)
  • Available in various locations depending on learner locations.
  • LRWA have delivered this programme several times already and it benefits from excellent manufacturer’s support ensuring that learners have a good working knowledge of a range of liquid products and a range of chemistries.
  • Contact:

Group Tegula’s employee Nathan Towers said, “I’m over the moon to have won the student of the year award. I feel that I’ve came a long way in such a short period of time having only been in the industry for two years. Over the 18 months that I was on SAP training I picked up a lot of knowledge from each of the trainers that came into see me and it gave me a wider understanding of roofing, and grew my confidence hugely. Overall, the course was hugely beneficial to me and I believe it will be to others on the same path as me.”

Various SAPs

The South West Roof Training Group have previously run SAPs for both Roof Sheeting and Cladding, and for Roof Slating and Tiling, but CITB funding was not available this year. SWRTG continue to deliver quality training including the SAP with funding for companies that can access the CITB Skills and Training Fund.

CITB also supports SAPs through their Travel to Train initiative which supports travel and accommodation.

>> Read more about training courses in the news.