SEVERAL of the regional Roofing Training Groups (RTGs) were awarded additional funds from CITB to assist member companies with funding towards training in December 2018. Courses for roofing companies with less than 100 employees are now being offered free of charge following the CITB grant allocations.
The funding award allows Roofing Training Groups to deliver training with a value of over £250,000, including grant.
Denise Cherry, Training Officer for Yorkshire Independent Roof Training Group pointed out the successes of RTGs – including the Wales National Roof Training Group with its Special Apprenticeship Programmes; the North West Roof Training Group with industry promotions to schools and ex-forces personnel, and the Yorkshire Group’s own success in supporting companies with funding applications – as examples of best practice in industry training which continues to endorse and promote roofing training throughout the UK.
Training groups report a good demand for Site Safety Plus Courses including SMSTS, SSSTS and the one-day Health, Safety and Environment Course, with PASMA and IPAF always popular. More specialist courses in leadwork will also be offered through this funding, across several groups. S Groups, including Scotland and the North East, also have funding to support NVQs.
Proud to Promote Roofing
There is also support to promote exemplary young people already in roofing, as examples of what can be achieved by young people who join the UK roofing sector. Both Yorkshire and the Wales RTGs will focus on the Proud to Promote Roofing campaign, highlighting the achievements of the industry’s best roofing advocates.
Funds have also been made available for the development of lightweight, mobile roofing rigs to be used for promotional visits to schools.
Group training officers across the country are ready to help roofing companies and welcome contact from new or existing members who are committed to further training their teams.