Roofing Duo Enthuse Young Learners to Have a Go

Lesley Hughes, Training Officer at the Welsh National Roof Training Group helps a young learner have a go at slate cutting.

The Welsh National Training Group (WNRTG) has visited three Welsh Colleges this week, spreading the good news of the benefits of a career in roofing to students and local schools.

Andy Rowlands of Rowlands Roofing encourages a youngster to have a go at roof slate cutting.

WNRTG training officer, Lesley Hughes was joined by Andy Rowlands of Rowlands Roofing to talk to young learners about how to get into roofing and the roof training and apprenticeships on offer, as well to to gets hands on and have a go at cutting a slate into a heart-shaped memento to take home.

At the end of an exhausting tour of the three Welsh colleges Coleg Sir Gar Ammanford campus, Coleg Merthyr Tufyul and Coleg Cambria, the roofing duo estimated they had spoken to more than 300 learners.

“Questions have ranged from is roofing difficult, how long does it take to learn to be a roofer, and how I got into roofing myself. I’ve also had lots of questions about the award-winning Quintain House project on which we constructed the roof, as well as if it’s possible to get work experience with local roofers”, said Andy Rowlands.

“It’s been a really rewarding week, and we’re hoping that it might help to inspire some of the Welsh colleges to consider offering roof training themselves”, Lesley Hughes added.

Lesley and Andy visited each college’s campus at the invitation of Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales, which aims to raise awareness of career pathways for young learners through the ‘Have a Go’ initiative.

Free Introduction to Roofing
The WNRTG is also currently celebrating winning CITB funding to host a free 30-day Introduction to Roofing programme, spread over 15 weeks and starting on 3rd April 2018 in its dedicated Caerphilly training centre.

Designed for anyone interested in roofing as a career, the Introduction will give an overview of the various roofing disciplines, and offer some basic skills, with Andy Rowlands teaching pitched roofing skills and Chris Bussens single-ply and liquid roofing skills.

Participants will not only gain a green labourers CSCS card enabling them to work on construction sites, but  several South Wales roofing companies have already committed to offering successful learners a job at the end of the programme.

There are still some spaces available on the Introduction to Roofing and those interested should contact Lesley Hughes on 07817 641984 or email lesley.hughes@wnrtg.co.uk to find out more.

Enquiries are particularly welcomed from those located in or near Cardiff or Brecon, where roofing companies are currently offering vacancies.

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