Wales National Roofing Training Group Going From Strength to Strength

It’s not every training organisation that can lay claim to an international award-winner delivering its training.

But that’s exactly what the Wales National Roofing Training Group (WNRTG) is fortunate enough to offer from the winner of the UK Roof of the Year 2017 and the UK’s first International IFD Roofing Award for pitched roofing – Andy Rowlands of Rowlands Roofing – who is now sharing his expertise with roofing apprentices attending WNRTG.

Based in a dedicated training centre in Caerphilly, Andy is putting local roofing apprentices through their paces under the two-year Specialist Apprentice Programme (SAP). Students learn about a range of roofing disciplines and hands on skills, including slating, plain tiling, interlocking tiling, lead welding and dressing, fibre cement slates and shingles. Trainees also learn about health and safety, working safely at height and asbestos awareness, on the way to attaining an NVQ level 2 in Slating and Tiling. WNRTG are now taking bookings for the next course, which begins on 18 March 2018. Other NVQs as SAPs, SUPs and OSATs are offered in Single Ply, Liquid, Pitched Roofing, Built Up Felt and Pitched Roof Maintenance. Also BCPs are offered to manufacturers.

Current trainee, Robert Davies, 30, said that he was first interested in training to improve his skills for the mostly new build work he does for his employer, Treforest Tiling. Now, Robert says he feels confident right across the range of roofing disciplines and one day hopes that he might run his own business.

Set up in 2009 as a not-for-profit organisation, the WNRTG has been built up by Lesley Hughes to now organise training for its 70+ roofing contractor members. Membership is just £25 per year and training is mostly funded through grant.

WNTRG is now organising a roofing presence in the Welsh Skillbuild competition, encouraging roofing firms to enter the regional heats that are the first step to the national competition. And who knows – perhaps one of Andy’s current apprentices will one day follow in his footsteps and bring back an international roofing award for the UK. WNRTG will be at Coleg Cambria Deeside campus in North Wales on 1st February 2018.

To contact the WNRTG email Lesley.hughes@wnrtg.co.uk.

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