Several roofing businesses and organisations joined together today (10 October) to encourage ex-forces personnel to explore a new career in roofing.
Coleg Cambria College in North Wales hosted the event, welcoming a variety of information stands and hands-on demonstration activities offered by roofing industry professionals. The North West Independent Roof Training Group (NWRTG), Redland, Longworth, and DMR Training all pitched up alongside Roofing Today’s Top 30 UK roofing contractor, Avonside Group.
Offering information on routes into roofing, the wide range of careers on offer, and training opportunities, the roofing exhibitors also gave service leavers a chance to try their hands at slate cutting, as well as taking home with them lots of free goodies.
CITB, in association with Kier and CTP, organised the ‘Forces in Construction insight day’ to enable a range of national and North West based employers to showcase their employment and training opportunities to all ranks and backgrounds of ex-service personnel.
The event also provided attendees with the opportunity to attend a morning or afternoon conference which incorporated a number of presentations and expert advice about transitioning into construction and roofing, translating skills and achieving employer engagement.
Many industry professionals believe recruiting those who have served in the Forces could prove a valuable asset to any site due to the existing skill sets they possess. NWRTG Training Officer, Sue Wharton said: “Showcasing at this event is particularly exciting. We know ex-forces people are sought after – they offer such incredible experience, skills and positive attitudes – and it’s for this reason that they’re exactly what our industry needs.”
Not only did the event go a long way to publicise job prospects to ex-forces, it also helped prospective employers to explore an un-tapped source of talent to meet the ever-growing skills gap. Sue added: “There is a great demand for the skills these ex-military people have built up over the years. We know at least 500 new roofing entrants are needed in the industry by 2022 and see this event as a splendid opportunity to fill the roofing skills gap.”