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					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
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
                                                                                                      Experienced roofers
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.
                                                      Northern Ireland.
                                                                                             The course is hands-on for
              Successful pilot
                                                      “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
                                                                                                           electricity generation.
                                                                                                           Our course is on solar
                                                                                                           collectors in traditional
                                                                                                           pitched roofs.”
                                                                                                           On completion of the
                                                                                                           course the firm is added
                                                                                                           to the NFRC website
                                                                                                           (assuming it is a member)
                                                                                                           so can be found via a
                                                                                                           normal search.
                                                                                                           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

                                                                                                 RoofOverView | Issue 17 | Summer 2008

 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
building materials.
                                                    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.
                                                              apprenticeship directorate,
                                                                                                      “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

    North East
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

    South West
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
                                                assessments, understanding
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
                                                      Dates for
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.
                                                                       and to
                                                                                the Positive Image Bebo page
                                                Please contact Denise 
 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 – –
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
                                                                                       sponsored training
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.
                                                                                       cladding skills.
“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                                               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:      benefit from ARM’s approach

RoofOverView | Issue 17 | Summer 2008

 Does your
 sponsor a
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
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.
absolutely thrilled.”
                                               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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