Wales National Roof Training Group Create Talent Pipeline to Tackle Roofing Skills Shortage

The Welsh National Roofing Training Group is tackling the roofing skills shortage head-on in a bid to create a pipeline of local young talent for Welsh roofing contractors to recruit from.

The roofing training group (WNRTG) was successful in gaining funding to deliver a 30-day Introduction to Roofing programme supported by CWIC funding.

No colleges in Wales offer roofing training, and the local industry struggles to get youngsters to choose a career in roofing.  The Introduction to Roofing programme is encouraging 16-19-year olds to enter the roofing industry and help to alleviate the problem of an ageing roofing workforce.

Introduction to Roofing
The latest course, which has recently completed at WNRTG’s dedicated Caerphilly training centre, included introductions to Single Ply and Liquid Roofing training, delivered by experienced specialist flat roofing tutor, Chris Bussens.

Matt Wilde – another well-known and expert trainer of Langley Waterproofing Systems – delivered the NFRC Safe to Torch course, followed by flat roofing specialists, ICB Waterproofing which provided students with practical sessions on liquid applied and built-up felt roofing.

The last third of the course was spent on an introduction to Roof Slating and Tiling, delivered by master roofing contractor and trainer, Andy Rowlands of Rowlands Roofing, and included some basic lead welding, which the students particularly enjoyed.

Starting a great career
There have been some outstanding successes on the course, with several student delegates completing the course and securing employment and further training to launch their careers in roofing.

Two of the trainees have recently secured jobs in the industry with Nautilus Roofing and Edwards Roofing and one of these will go on to do an NVQ 2 in Built-Up Felt Roofing at the National Construction College in King’s Norton in Birmingham.

Three student delegates have successfully gained jobs with Treforest Tiling Ltd and two of these will be joining WNRTG’s NVQ 2 Roof Slating and Tiling programme starting in September 2018, while the third trainee will start in March 2019.

Another young trainee, who has recently finished school, has gained a position with loft conversion specialists Allied Welsh in South Wales. The new starter will begin WNRTG’s NVQ 2 Roof Slating Tiling programme, also in March 2019.  Another young delegate is interested in a labouring role and WNRTG is securing him some work experience.

Lesley Hughes, Training Officer for WNRTG says: “This has been a great course for our area with some great outcomes. We are very grateful to Wayne and Susan Clarke of Roofbase Swansea who popped along on the last day to present the boys with some tools and t-shirts and to congratulate all the students on completing the course.”

If you have any roofing training enquiries in Wales, please contact Lesley Hughes M 07817 641984 or email lesley.hughes@wnrtg.co.uk.

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