Jason Wright, owner of J Wright Roofing Ltd based in Nottingham has been working with The Bulwell Academy since 2008 to encourage students to take up a career in roofing.
The process begins with Jason giving an initial presentation to Year 9 students about a career in constructions, including the benefits and earning potential. Jason currently has an ex-pupil working as an apprentice to provide additional inspiration at presentations.
J Wright Roofing Ltd then attends the school 2.5 days per week to help to deliver the construction course for year 10 and 11 students, providing all the materials. The school governors funded the outside building area with a canopy, allowing students to work outside on rigs with pitched roofs.
The BTEC Diploma covers brickwork, joinery and roofing. It also encourages the young people to use their mathematical and English skills. By the end of Year 11, J Wright Roofing Ltd selects four candidates to undertake an apprenticeship with the company.
In the 11 years of working with the school, the company had 44 apprentices, with a success rate of over 96%. Jason is currently working with CITB to have the model replicated across the country.