Within the construction industry, there has long been a persistent worry that that not enough young roofers are joining our sector and acquiring the necessary skills. With ageing roofers set to retire and a current surge in house-building, it’s more important than ever that we continue to attract young blood to join our exciting profession.
With this in mind, we are excited to announce our partnership with Cambridge Regional College, the training organisation TrAC, and leading construction companies, Morgan Sindall and Kier. Together, we have launched a dedicated roofing training facility in Cambridge that will attract 20 new apprentices into our industry. The first of its kind in the area, this new facility will help address the current skills shortages and provide a skilled and qualified workforce for our booming industry.
The two-year apprenticeship specialises in Built-up Felt Roofing, and once qualified, roofers can earn up to £30,000 a year. And, with the number of entrants expected to increase over time, this initiative provides a wonderful opportunity for job-seekers who want to train for a great career in roofing.
Who better to launch the new roofing apprenticeship than the Cambridge mayor Cllr Jeremy Benstead, who himself spent 30 years working in the roofing industry? A champion of training and apprenticeships to encourage young people into construction, Cllr Jeremy Benstead said that Cambridge's roofing industry was in need of specialist trained workers. "A proper training course in this field, using the facilities of Cambridge Regional College has been needed for years, and I am very pleased to launch this apprenticeship," he stated.
So, whilst it’s hats off to youngsters in Cambridge who are looking to carve out a profession in roofing, it’s also proof that our industry can work collaboratively and successfully alongside the supply chain and training providers to address the skills gap, and to make the courses available that we need. We’re hoping it’s the start of many more similar initiatives for 2017.