Issue 17 | Summer 2008
Leadworking industry boosted
by new training centre
IT was a proud moment for everyone concerned when the ofﬁcial launch of the Lead
Sheet Association’s new training centre took place on March 19.
Tommy Walsh – TV’s DIY personality
– opened the centre at Archers Park,
East Peckham in Tonbridge, Kent
in front of an audience from across
the construction industry, including
developers, architects, tradesmen
and the press.
Before the formalities Joss Campbell,
chairman of the Lead Sheet
Association (LSA), underlined the
importance of the centre to maintain
a skill base of leadworkers. In its ﬁrst
year, he told guests, it would deliver Proud moment: training centre manager Nigel Johnston, LSA chairman Joss Campbell
over 2,000 man-days of training. and Tommy Walsh with the commemorative wall plaque
The state-of-the-art training centre is
funded purely by lead manufacturers/ serve the industry well.” ﬁve-day course for experienced
members of the LSA, who have Courses are offered to suit all levels leadworkers to hone their
joined forces to provide a technical of expertise and interest, ranging craftsmanship.
advisory service and training facility from introductory three-day courses Course prices start from £325 and
for the industry. in bossing and welding to City and applications for each course can be
Southern regional rooﬁng training Guild leadwork certiﬁcates. submitted online. For a full listing
adviser Mike Harris said: “Everyone For professionals interested in please visit www.leadtraining.org.uk.
involved has worked hard for the more decorative elements of For further information, or to book a
this day to happen and it will leadwork, the centre provides a course, please call 01622 872432.
Come join our industry!
CONSTRUCTION offers a whole range
of careers for young people – and
ConstructionSkills’ Positive Image
campaign is giving them as much
information as possible. For the full story,
turn to page 5.
2 TV celebrity opens LSA 3 How Lucy is equal 4/5 Training news 7 Tailor-made training
training centre among men from round the from ARM
RoofOverView | Issue 17 | Summer 2008
Rooﬁng goes green
with solar panels
THIS year has seen one particular type of training really The way forward: solar panel training is
take off – solar panels in traditional pitched roofs. becoming more popular
Sustainable construction and an Ploughcroft and developed the in a few months’ time.”
increasing global awareness of course at their training centre,” he
The course itself is run by Chris
conserving energy as part of living explained.
Hopkins of Ploughcroft as a travelling
a ‘greener’ life has prompted the
“Following a successful pilot, we road-show. Resident tutors are
rooﬁng industry to play its part.
extended the venues to Edinburgh’s encouraged to attend, free of
Funding for this training, which is Telford College, Newcastle College, charge, so they too can pick up the
run by the National Federation of Brighouse (the original venue at skills and knowledge, in case they
Rooﬁng Contractors (NFRC), is from Ploughcroft), ARM Training at would also like to run courses.
the European Commission and is Stockport, the National Construction
available until July this year. College Midlands and South, South
Coast Training at Bognor Regis, This has already happened in the
When it began last July, NFRC
Roofcraft at Exeter (in conjunction South West, and Kevin has had
technical and training manager Kevin
with the South Wales & South West one or two other requests to do the
Taylor had laid all the foundations for
Roof Training Group) and in Belfast, same.
a ﬂying start.
The course is hands-on for
“We are expecting to add another experienced roofers (not plumbers
“We got several manufacturers in central London shortly, and or specialist installers) who are
on board and then approached possibly in the East of England Trust Mark registered, so it is not
restricted to NFRC.
“On the course we install
photo voltaic (PV) roof
tiles (Solar Century)
and three solar thermal
(domestic hot water)
systems from Worcester
Bosch, Viridian and Alpha
Boilers,” Kevin explained.
“One common mistake
is to call it a PV course,
as this just applies to
Our course is on solar
collectors in traditional
On completion of the
course the ﬁrm is added
to the NFRC website
(assuming it is a member)
so can be found via a
On average NFRC runs
two or three courses a
month and dates are
available by e-mailing
Hands-on: the course is for experienced roofers
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Women on top!
IT took all of two days for 18-year old Lucy Hill to
decide that her career was going to be in rooﬁng.
This feisty young woman made up just a man’s world and the image
her mind about a rooﬁng career last problem seen by many is irrelevant.
summer holidays when her roofer
Lucy said: “One of the main
dad Graham gave her an insight into
attractions is that I’m not doing the
what would be involved.
same every day. I get on well with all
Now part of the family rooﬁng the guys and we work together as a
business, RL Lovatt Ltd of Bury, team.”
Lucy is enrolled on a two-year HNC
Asked about her scariest moment
building in construction course at
so far, Lucy remembers the ﬁrst
Bolton College where she is currently
time she got to the top of a ladder,
studying analytical methods and
but recognises now that she learnt
far more by seeing what was being
Leaving Withins School, Bolton with done on the roof.
11 GCSEs, all at grades A – C, she
Her job title of trainee health and
attended Turton Sixth Form College,
safety ofﬁcer belies the total extent
leaving with two ‘A’ levels in IT and
of her work; when asked about
her ﬁve-year goal, she said she is
Redress the balance looking forward to the time when Lucy Hill: the bias against girls must stop
she is in charge of a site and has full
Ignoring the wishes of her Saturday
responsibility for the lives of the staff.
employers, Toni & Guy, to entice her
into their hair academy, she decided Fortunately the business is training- any hostility,” she said.
she wanted a career which involved orientated and Lucy can take “There are loads of careers in rooﬁng,
study, diversity and a challenge in the advantage of support from the North so make sure you get to know
working environment. West Roof Training Group as the about all the options available while
business is a full member. you are still at school as you need
Brushing aside the fact that less
than ten per cent of construction She is quick to encourage other girls to experience them and become
jobs are occupied by women, she is into the industry as the work is so conﬁdent about your choice.
determined to redress the balance, varied and interesting. “The work is “The gender bias against girls has
showing that construction is not attractive and I have not experienced got to stop.”
Midlands youngsters ‘have a go’ at rooﬁng
WOULD-be roofers are able to see for themselves what the industry can offer
them as a career choice.
This opportunity is thanks the college campus in King’s
to the ongoing partnership Norton to try their hand at
between the National various rooﬁng tasks, led by
Construction College Midlands, instructors Arthur Jevons and
the ConstructionSkills Richard Waller.
“These events are a regular
specialist team and the
ﬁxture in our diary and provide
Midland Rooﬁng Training
youngsters with a fun way of
seeing what rooﬁng has to
Young people from local offer as a career,” said training
Fun way to learn: youngsters get to grips with rooﬁng
schools attend taster days at manager Gary Derrick.
RoofOverView | Issue 17 | Summer 2008
News round-up from the training groups
AFTER a meeting between the North East Roof Training Group (NERTG) and the
Environment Academy, 16 group members attended and successfully completed a
one-day course for the Introductory Certiﬁcate to Environmental Awareness.
Nine of these candidates progressed came into force in April regarding site
on to, and have recently completed, waste management plans (SWMP),
their NCFE Level 3 Certiﬁcate for the group is planning to hold a
the Environmental Practitioner. The SWMP training course on June 11.
Environment Academy praised the The cost of the course is usually
high standard of work produced £200, but with a discount for NERTG
by candidates on the course, and members and additional funding, the
the external veriﬁer made positive group is able to offer the training for
comments on their portfolios. the hugely reduced cost of £50.
The courses were both fully funded, The course will be held in the North
and candidates now have the East; however, if anyone would like
opportunity to work towards their to travel, they can contact group
Environmentally aware: Rita Callender and NVQ Level 4 qualiﬁcation, which is training coordinator Helen Wilson
Anna-Lisa Kelso of the Environment Academy, available with partial funding. on 07771 802096 as places may be
together with candidates from Teams Rooﬁng,
Wensley Rooﬁng and NERTG available.
In light of the new regulations that
IT has been ﬁrsts all round Dates for your diary
for candidates achieving • One-day training course on available to ‘in-scope’
their NVQ Level 2 in installing solar collectors to tile companies.
roof slating and tiling via and slate roofs, working with
• ConstructionSkills site
NFRC members, at Exeter
the experienced worker supervisors’ safety two-day
Training Centre, on June 16.
training scheme – the Major
practical assessment Training covers Worcester
Contractors Group (MCG) has
(EWPA) route. Bosch, Solar Century, Viridian
announced that it will require all
Solar and Alpha Boilers.
supervisors to have achieved the
Colin Ware and Tony Stroud ConstructionSkills grants
two-day course by 2010. Dates
from National Federation of available of £35 per person per
are June 12 and 13, Plymouth,
Rooﬁng Contractors’ (NFRC) day for ‘in-scope’ companies.
and in Bridgwater on July 23
member company Weatherbury
• Basic leadwelding and bossing and 24. ConstructionSkills
Hearn Rooﬁng Ltd in Poundbury,
training course on June 3, 4, 5, grants of £35 per delegate
Dorchester, recently underwent
10 and 11 in Exeter. per day, together with £100
two days of assessment followed
achievement grant for ‘in-scope’
by professional discussion with • One-day course for managers
companies. Additional £50
their assessor, Alan Lander, at and supervisors covering
discount for NSCC members.
the South Wales & South West principles of contracts
Rooﬁng Training Group’s accredited management, supervision and
assessment centre in Exeter. planning, introduction to method
statements, introduction to risk
Group training ofﬁcer and internal
veriﬁer, Zan Nye, explained: “The
the revised CDM regulations, in
EWPA route helps those companies
Taunton, on June 2.
and roofers who do not have the
time to be assessed on site, as • Next available roof slating
well as compiling their portfolio of and tiling day-release training,
evidence.” in Exeter, starts in October.
Trainees work towards the
For more information, please
achievement of NVQ Level 2.
contact Zan on 01395 224695 or Firsts all round: assessor Alan Lander with Tony Stroud
ConstructionSkills grants and Colin Ware
RoofOverView | Issue 17 | Summer 2008
THE Yorkshire Independent
Roof Training Group (YIRTG)
has worked with the Leeds your diary targets
College of Building and Midland
Lead to provide training to eight
companies and 18 individuals
• Lead bossing, Leeds
College of Building, June
19 and 20, £65.
in courses running through • Lead burning, Leeds CONSTRUCTIONSKILLS
December 2007 and February College of Building, June
is gearing up to launch
2008. 26 and 27, £65.
• Subsidised short courses
the annual Positive
Thanks go to Midland Lead for kindly Image campaign, which
also available soon in dry
providing the training materials.
ﬁx systems, heritage skills, aims to attract young
measuring and layout,
basic rooﬁng techniques,
people into the industry.
introduction to rooﬁng (for With the strapline ‘Transform
ofﬁce-based staff). your city, your bank balance and
your career,’ billboard posters
• Subsidised ﬁve-day site
and internet banner ads will be
managers safety training
popping up to attract young
scheme (SMSTS) course
people to the careers website
starting September, £250.
www.bconstructive.co.uk and to
the Positive Image Bebo page
Please contact Denise www.bebo.com/positiveimage.
Group success: delegates receive their
Cherry on 07939 992011 for
certiﬁcates further information. ConstructionSkills has also
recruited young people – including
roofers – already working in
East construction to answer questions
through the Bebo page, giving a
‘real life’ response to visitors.
A NEW centre beckons! The Eastern Region Roof Training
The campaign is especially
Group will shortly be moving its training facilities, and ofﬁce, focused on attracting females
to bigger premises nearby. and Black, minority and ethnic
Group manager Clive Coote said: “It will allow additional training rigs to be (BME) candidates as they are
installed and encompasses a classroom on the mezzanine overlooking the under-represented within industry.
training areas. Outdoor advertising has been
placed in key areas of high BME
“Having these new facilities will enable us to train two groups of Modern density.
Apprentices that are starting in September.”
Another aspect of the campaign is
TRAINEE rooﬁng assessor Karina Deveraux has enrolled the Skillbuild competition, where
with the group to take her A1 assessor qualiﬁcation. young people aged 17 to 21, at
college or in apprenticeships,
Karina will be assessing roof tilers and slaters for their NVQ qualiﬁcations compete to prove they are the
under on-site assessment and training (OSAT). best at their trade.
She has gained recognition in the East of England for her achievements as a The national ﬁnal is in Leeds in
single mother who has persevered to carve out a career in rooﬁng for herself. October. National winners could
While working as a technician at the local rooﬁng college, Karina then went go onto the WorldSkills ﬁnal held
on to achieve her ICA and ACA awards in rooﬁng. every two years in different cities
ALL ﬁve group staff will be abseiling at Ipswich hospital on across the world.
July 12 for a local charity. Roofers interested in applying
should contact Kevin Taylor at the
Clive, Alan, Alison, Angela and Annya will be raising £1,000 from friends and NFRC – email@example.com –
families and say that if you would like to sponsor one of them, they will be to ﬁnd out more.
only too pleased to take your money! Contact number is 01473 744412.
RoofOverView | Issue 17 | Summer 2008
training – father/son
relationships back NMTG
in training training
THE South Wales & South West Roof Training Group
(SWSWRTG), with help from ConstructionSkills’ rooﬁng
team, has developed a specialist apprentice programme
in roof slating and tiling for people who have just joined
the rooﬁng industry, regardless of age.
The group approached a number The apprentices then questioned the
of its members and developed local reasons why they had been shown
training centres around the South ‘short cuts’ on site.
West Region to deliver roof slating
The differences between the correct
and tiling training. Come train with us: NMTG is
method and the short cut were increasing its courses
The range of training, developed exposed and discussed – and the
with the NVQ in mind, is approached tutors’ experience became even
from the ‘hands-on’ methodology. more valuable as the apprentices
THE National Metal
After some time spent on classroom were not going to be fobbed off with Training Group (NMTG)
discussion, the tutor’s preparation a non-practical answer!
provided a stimulating learning
– a ConstructionSkills-
“The father ﬁgure, the experienced
environment for the apprentices.
tutor, knew the real and practical
This was taken to the rigs in the answers and it was obvious group – continues to
training centre. “The time spent that everyone learnt from these
with the tutor in the classroom soon discussions,” said Mike.
grow with an expanding
became evident in the lack of range of courses for
instruction needed,” said southern
regional rooﬁng training adviser
those wanting to learn
Mike Harris, who monitors and hard metal rooﬁng and
works with the centre.
“The reﬁned points of the practical
application were then called for by Training courses for façade
the apprentices. This is when the cladding took place at Staines
years of experience all the tutors over three days in May.
possessed become obvious. This In July the NMTG take its mobile
was when the ‘father/son’ relation machine rig to South Wales for
in training came to the fore.” a three-day beginner course in
The tutors, all with a minimum of hard metals. Further courses
20-plus years on site, (and some will be available later on this year
a great deal more!), were able at Staines, Birmingham and
to show the practical method of Leicester.
doing the prescribed/published Anyone who has an interest in
method and bring the two attending a course should
together so that the NVQ, the contact Claire by e-mail to
manufacturers’ instructions and firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone
Practice makes perfect: trainees beneﬁt from
the site method came to mean tutors’ experience on 01273 311440.
something real to the apprentices.
RoofOverView | Issue 17 | Summer 2008
ARM scores a ﬁrst for North West training
IF you can’t ﬁnd a That is the message after Liverpool
Council had come up with a blank
course that suits at every local college. They wanted
to upskill six of their operatives –
your needs, then ask ﬁve experienced roofers and one
Stockport-based ARM bricklayer – mainly in new products in
roof slating and tiling.
Training and they will do “Five of their management team
their utmost to provide visited us and from their brief we
put together a six-day course,
Attention to detail: a combination of
you with a tailor-made taking place two days a week for
three weeks. They didn’t want a
theory with practical work
solution. qualiﬁcation, just a certiﬁcate to say
what they had been trained on,”
explained Julie Threlfall.
Health and safety training Once the programme had been
organised, the operatives – Danny
and CDM … what does it Cox, Paul Day, Tony Joyce, Eddie
Kenny, Ronnie Profﬁtt and Steve
Reeves – began their training under
mean to you? the expert eye of ARM’s assessor
and instructor Tony Frain.
“The feedback from the council was
ARE you aware of how the Construction Design excellent,” said Julie.
Management (CDM) regulations, updated last “They really beneﬁted from our
year, have changed your responsibility towards approach, which was a combination
of observation, practical work,
health and safety training? questions and answers, and note-
taking – all in a very relaxed manner.
Can you show that you have trained • Health and safety awareness
your staff to work in an acceptable, (part of the Site Safety Plus “They each took away a booklet
safe manner and to the standards project) containing the course contents with
expected, and to minimise the risks reference material for them to use
• Safe working at heights for whenever necessary.”
they are exposed to?
You can no longer say: “Nothing Now Liverpool Council has asked
• Site managers safety training for a course in ﬂat rooﬁng, so Julie is
to do with me!” It is now your
scheme (part of the Site Safety making plans to bring in an instructor
responsibility to have a fully-trained
Plus project) and a mobile training rig.
workforce that has gained the
competencies to work in a safe • Asbestos awareness “It is a great opportunity for us
manner through training. because there is no training of this
• Scaffold safety inspection
The Health and Safety Executive type in the whole of the North West,”
• Technical and professional she said.
(HSE) is using the CDM regulations
health and safety awareness
to try and make the construction
(professional qualiﬁed persons’
site a safe place to work. You
route to the CSCS health and
are part of that drive, and you are
safety touch screen test).
seen as the solution… but only if
you have trained your workforce Are you acting in a professional
to work to the safest levels in their and legal manner to reduce the
workplace. If not, you are liable to risk to your company? Can you
prosecution. show your training has made your
workforce as safe as possible?
Courses now available across
the country via the quality For more details contact
training provided by the National 0844 844 0466 or www.
Custom-made training: operatives
Construction College include: nationalconstructioncollege.co.uk. beneﬁt from ARM’s approach
RoofOverView | Issue 17 | Summer 2008
HOW many rooﬁng companies out there sponsor a football team?
If there are enough, there’s a of Bexley FC and still plays for one too old to play football I’ll still be a
very good chance that a regional of the senior teams, as do his two part of all this.”
competition for a ‘rooﬁng cup’ could sons.
If any other companies reading this
be set up.
“We have about 140 players in the sponsor a team, please let southern
Capital Rooﬁng Ltd of Blackheath in club and we belong to the Bexley regional rooﬁng training adviser
London has been sponsoring Bexley League, which has about 600 teams Mike Harris know and he will decide
Football Club for the past 20 years. of all ages, making it one of the if there are enough to set up that
biggest in the country,” he explained. regional competition.
The sponsorship has put the
company ﬁrmly on the local map, “Our club is like one great family, with Mike can be contacted on 07734
but for managing director Terry a fantastic feel to it, and when I’m 811747 or at email@example.com.
Peck, there is a lot more to it than
providing the team kit.
“It’s great to be able to put
something back into the community,”
IoR launches new website
he said. WELL aware that the modern way to communicate is
“We have nine teams – two seniors
and seven juniors – and each year
via e-mail and websites, the Institute of Rooﬁng (IoR)
we take some of the juniors away on has been busy building its own website to serve the
football tours to different places in
the South East. professionals in the rooﬁng industry.
“Just recently the under-14s, who If you are a member of the institute, or are thinking of becoming one,
I coach, won their tour and were the new web pages will be useful and informative.
With new links to all aspects of the institute – from health care to
Terry – pictured above with his insurance, training articles to the annual general meeting at Wembley –
winning team – is now chairman look out for the launch, which is due to take on October 8.
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