Scotland News and Events

  • NFRC Scotland and IoR Scotland Golf Day 2018

    by NFRC Scotland | Jun 21, 2018

    NFRC Scotland and IoR Scotland held a joint golf outing at Kirkintilloch Golf Club on 18 May which was yet another great success.

    There was a “Shotgun” start and many prizes throughout the round including a Mini Convertible for anyone getting a hole in one on the 8th hole, alas despite the good weather, no one drove home with the roof down on a Mini. 

    The format was a “Texas Scramble” which allowed everyone to open up their shoulders and try to hit the cover off the wee white sphere but only with a few succeeding. I suspect that for a while, members of Kirkintilloch Golf Club will be finding golf balls in places they never thought possible. 

    The weather was very favourable and the course was in excellent condition followed by a lot of “if’s”, “but’s” and “maybe’s” over high tea and a drink. 

    Onto the prizes which were presented by Colin McCorquodale (NFRC Board Member and Immediate Past Chair of NFRC Scotland) to:

    • 1st Place – Kingspan Insulation Ltd
    • 2nd Place - SFS Group Fastening Technology
    • 3rd Place – HSR
    • Longest Drive –i Dave Rodgers of Reid Roof
    • Nearest to the Pin – Ben Letham of Saucer Solutions

    There was a raffle and an auction for PlayList for Life which raised £1280. PlayList for Life taps into a recognised phenomenon: personally meaningful music has the ability to improve life for people with dementia, their family and their carers.

    2018 Nearest in 2 Ben Letham cropped

    Nearest in 2 - Ben Letham of Saucer Solutions (Left)

    2018 Longest drive cropped

    Longest Drive - Dave Rodgers of Reid Roof

    PlayList presentation

    PlayList Presentation

    2018 Winners Kingspan cropped

    Winners Kingspan

    2018 Runners Up SFS cropped

    Runners Up - SFS intec

     2018 3rd Place HSR cropped

    3rd Place - HSR

  • Inspiring Construction

    by NFRC Scotland | Jun 12, 2018
    Earlier this month two traditional building skills demonstrations took place in Scotland, one in Edinburgh the other in Falkirk both of which were supported by the NFRC Scottish Region. 
     
    The demos were attended to by local school children, members of the public and MSPs. Following the 'Inspiring Construction' events motions were raised in the Scottish Parliament showing their support.


     
    Inspiring Construction - Edinburgh

    That the Parliament welcomes the Inspiring Construction event in St Andrew Square Gardens, Edinburgh, on 4-5 June 2018; considers that it is widely reported that the construction industry has an aging workforce and projected skills shortages, therefore influential stakeholders across the supply chain came together to promote the industry and the many varied and desirable career paths that it can offer and the breadth of roles within construction to help young people make an informed choice about their future careers; notes that the event featured apprentices demonstrating traditional building skills, including masonry, slate roofing, joinery and painting and decorating; recognises that the event was a collaboration that included the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Edinburgh College, Fife Council, Stone Federation Great Britain, Historic Environment Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland, Scottish Contractors Group, Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian, Essential Edinburgh, Built Environment Forum Scotland and CITB Scotland; notes that the primary purpose of the event was to allow Edinburgh pupils from across the city to try the traditional building trades being demonstrated by local apprentices but was also open to members of the public for advice, with the aim of highlighting the importance of traditional building skills in the construction sector, and welcomes the ongoing work of all partner agencies to draw attention to the necessity for traditional building skills and, in turn, help to create a hi-tech, world-class industry with outstanding career prospects, helping companies to skill-proof their businesses, invest in skills and plan for the future.

    Supported by: Miles Briggs, Liz Smith, Michelle Ballantyne, Gordon Lindhurst, Alison Harris, Tom Mason, Bill Kidd, Liam Kerr, Ben Macpherson, Margaret Mitchell


    That the Parliament welcomes the Inspiring Construction event in St Andrew Square Gardens, Edinburgh, on 4-5 June 2018; considers that it is widely reported that the construction industry has an aging workforce and projected skills shortages, therefore influential stakeholders across the supply chain came together to promote the industry and the many varied and desirable career paths that it can offer and the breadth of roles within construction to help young people make an informed choice about their future careers; notes that the event featured apprentices demonstrating traditional building skills, including masonry, slate roofing, joinery and painting and decorating; recognises that the event was a collaboration that included the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Edinburgh College, Fife Council, Stone Federation Great Britain, Historic Environment Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland, Scottish Contractors Group, Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian, Essential Edinburgh, Built Environment Forum Scotland and CITB Scotland; notes that the primary purpose of the event was to allow Edinburgh pupils from across the city to try the traditional building trades being demonstrated by local apprentices but was also open to members of the public for advice, with the aim of highlighting the importance of traditional building skills in the construction sector, and welcomes the ongoing work of all partner agencies to draw attention to the necessity for traditional building skills and, in turn, help to create a hi-tech, world-class industry with outstanding career prospects, helping companies to skill-proof their businesses, invest in skills and plan for the future.

    Supported by: Miles Briggs, Liz Smith, Michelle Ballantyne, Gordon Lindhurst, Alison Harris, Tom Mason, Bill Kidd, Liam Kerr, Ben Macpherson, Margaret Mitchell

  • Maybole Traditional Building Skills Demonstration

    by Scotland Region | May 21, 2018

    Maybole Skills Demo (2) Maybole Skills Demo (1)

    The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), represented by Arch McCorquodale & Son Ltd, recently delivered a traditional Scotch roof slating demonstration as part of a traditional building skills demonstration in Maybole on 18 May.

    School children, and teachers, from Carrick Academy, were able to have a go at roof slating, stonemasonry, signwriting and plaster casting at the traditional building skills demonstration. 

    Homeowners were also able to get expert information on how to repair and maintain their traditionally built homes with representation from several key stakeholders.
    The event was a collaboration between Maybole Regeneration Project, Glasgow City Heritage Trust, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, South Lanarkshire College, the Scottish Contractors Group, the Glasgow School of Art and CITB Scotland.

    Demand for these events is very strong, and NFRC is fortunate to have such a strong network of members who donate their time to deliver them for the benefit of the industry.

  • Traditional Skills in Glasgow

    by John McKinney | May 17, 2018

    Traditional Building Festival (1)

    NFRC joined forces with a wide range of stakeholders to organised a traditional building skill demonstration outside The Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on 30th April and 1st May.

    School children, and teachers from nine schools in the Glasgow areas could have a go at the traditional building skills being demonstrated by local apprentices from West Scotland College and City of Glasgow College. The NFRC would like to thank D M Roofing and Roughcasting for once again supplying an apprentice for the roof slating demonstration. 

    The event was organised to raise the profile of the career available in traditional building sector.

    The event was also visited by Sandra White MSP who has been a great supporter of these events in Glasgow. Sandra once again received mini-master classes from the apprentices and has started showing some potential.

    Traditional Building Festival (3) Traditional Building Festival (2)

    Sandra has kindly submitted a Parliamentary Motion recognising efforts of all those involved in organising the event:

    Motion S5M-12045: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party,

    Date Lodged: 02/05/2018

    Sauchiehall Street Host to Traditional Building Skills 

    That the Parliament welcomes the Traditional Building Skills event, which was held on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on 30 April and 1 May 2018, and which featured apprentices demonstrating traditional building skills, including masonry, slate roofing, joinery, roof leadwork and painting and decorating; recognises that the event was a collaboration organised through the Glasgow Traditional Building Forum and included the Glasgow City Heritage Trust, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the West Scotland College, the City of Glasgow College, the Stone Federation Great Britain, Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Contractors Group, Glasgow City Council, Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, the Glasgow School of Art, The Willow Tea Rooms and CITB Scotland; notes that the primary purpose of the event was to allow pupils from nine Glasgow schools across the city to try the traditional building trades being demonstrated by local apprentices to provide a platform to promote the construction industry and the many varied and desirable career paths that it can offer as well as to highlight the importance of traditional building skills in the construction sector; further notes that it was also open to members of the public to seek advice, and welcomes the ongoing work of all partner agencies to draw attention to the necessity for traditional building skills and, in turn, help to create a hi-tech, world-class industry with outstanding career prospects, helping companies to skill-proof their businesses, invest in skills and plan for the future. 

    Demand for these events is very strong and we are very fortunate to have so many members who donate their time to organise and deliver them for the benefit of the industry.

  • May Editon of E-cosse Out Now

    by John McKinney | May 17, 2018

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    In this month's edition:

    • Chairman's Note 
    • Traditional Building Skills Demonstration
    • Additional funding available for training
    • Scotland Committee Meeting latest

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