The Yorkshire Independent Roof Training Group Gains Growth and Funding

The Yorkshire Independent Roof Training Group (YIRTG) has grown again this year, increasing membership, take-up of training and in particular assisting companies to apply for CITB Skills and Training Funding.

Since the fund was launched YIRTG have worked with 35 companies in the Yorkshire & Humber Region to make 40 applications to the fund. The Skills and Training Fund offers a lump sum to small businesses registered with CITB to encourage training. Companies with up to 99 employees can benefit and Yorkshire companies have undertaken courses including NVQs from Level 2 to Level 6, and the uptake of qualifications in the region has increased by more than 100% over the last 12 months. Demand for qualifications in the region remains high, but funding for all companies and a shortage of assessors continues to inhibit delivery.

Three, five-day intensive Lead work courses have been delivered alongside a whole range of industry relevant courses, including Working at Height, PASMA, IPAF and Site Safety Plus courses. The total amount of funds received by companies through CITB Fund in excess of £200,000 and the value of training commissioned by the fund is over £300,000. Five companies engaged with CITB for the first time and benefitted from immediate funding.

YIRTG joined forces with other local construction training groups in Yorkshire, and, together, they produced a project to be delivered to 7-10 year olds in schools across Yorkshire. Roots to Roofs was received very well and schools are looking for repeat or follow on options.

Redland has delivered a number of courses on the Basic Competency Programme at Leeds College of Building promoted by the Group, and it is hoped that in the New Year a wider range of BCP courses will be available in Yorkshire.​

​Visit the Yorkshire Independent Roof Training Group website for more information about courses or email Denise Cherry, Training Officer denise@yirtg.org.uk.

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