THE ROOFING INDUSTRY proved itself award-winning at this year’s Inspire Awards 2021, with no less than seven nominations and awards.
The Inspire Awards recognises and inspires a diverse and inclusive culture in industry by celebrating those who are leading the way.
Finalists including Kate and Jenny of SPV Group, Mark Dunn, Matt Wilde, Keely Warren and Sarah Turner of Langley Waterproofing Systems, Denise Cherry of the Yorkshire Independent Roof Training Group (YIRTG), Sam Broomhall and Kulli Khlossa of Juniper Training and Roz Richardson of Proteus Waterproofing.
Firstly, West Midlands based SPV Group is celebrating having scooped the Most Inspiring Training Programme award for its training provision delivered in partnership with Juniper Training Ltd.
Starting a new training centre from scratch, SPV Group offers an introduction to construction to 16+ years old youngsters who are sometimes without formal qualifications. Delivering under the Building Futures programme, the SPV model is to collaborate with manufacturers and suppliers of roofing products to offer training that is relevant, up to date and delivered by subject experts. Now on its third cohort of trainees, many young people have gone on to start roofing apprenticeships both with SPV Group and other Midlands roofing contractor companies.
Denise Cherry, Group Training Officer of Yorkshire Roof Training Group was shortlisted in the Most Inspiring Awareness Campaign Category. This was for the work done on the Proud to Promote Roofing campaign, which delivers interactive activities for young people to raise awareness of opportunities across the roofing industry.
Langley Waterproofing Ltd were shortlisted in the Most Inspiring Apprenticeship programme and Most Inspiring Supplier categories. The nomination was for the hugely successful design, promotion and delivery of the firm’s the Built Up Roofing Trailblazer.The training has been extensively welcomed by industry by contractors attending training at centres across England and Wales.
SPV Group’s Commercial Director, Kate Whatley, was also personally shortlisted in the Most Inspiring Mentor section, for her work with apprentices both employed by SPV and with students at SPV’s training centre.
One example of Kate s mentoring abilities is SPV Contracts Manager, Jenny Kinsella who was shortlisted in the Rising Star category. Jenny has been with SPV since leaving school and has progressed through the business and now confidently works as Contacts Manager for one of SPV’s key clients.
Roz Richardson of Proteus Waterproofing Ltd took home a Highly Commended Award in the Most Inspiring Mentor category. Roz runs quality and office services at Proteus and has a policy of encouraging apprentices to grow and build their confidence as the business grows. Roz sees the benefit of this as providing a team which bonds through shared experiences and develops confidence through shared objectives.
Roofing nominees and winners were shortlisted with some of the biggest companies in the construction industry, such as NHBC, Engie and Volkerlaser.