Scotland News and Events

  • Building Craft Programme - Advancing Traditional Craftsmanship

    by Prince's Foundation | Jan 08, 2018

    Building Craft Programme 

     

    The Prince's Foundation Building Craft programme helps craftspeople develop their skills and understand how they fit into to broader planning, design and building contexts. Among other things, the course provides:

    • An eight-month programme of courses and work placements.
    • Practical experience in sustainable building crafts with the opportunity to use skills in a broad, holistic building context alongside other building professionals.
    • Opportunity to gain a Heritage Skills NVQ 3.

    The course is full-time and participants are provided with a bursary of £1,000 per month for the duration of the course.

    Please visit our website www.princes-foundation.org or contact Lauren Banks on 020 7613 8582 or via email on lauren.banks@princes-foundation.org

    Closing date for applications: Friday 23rd February 2018

  • Traditional Skills Demostration at Bell Baxter High School

    by NFRC Scotland | Dec 14, 2017

    Bell Baxter High School (4) 

    The NFRC was involved in the Fife and Tayside Traditional Building Forum collaboration with Bell Baxter High School, Cupar to deliver a traditional building skill demonstration in the school on 7 December 2017.

     
    Building on the success of the traditional building skills events held throughout the year, the forum and Bell Baxter High School brought a similar event to a school for the first time.
     
    School children and teachers were able to have a go at the traditional building skills being demonstrated by local tradespersons with Braisby Roofing, representing the NFRC, giving the school pupils the chance to dress and fix slates.
    They were also given the opportunity to dress a slate into the shape of a coaster and take away.
     
    The event was organised to raise the profile of the career available in the traditional building sector.
     
    The event was attended by Stephen Gethins MP, as well as several local councillors. The elected members kindly came down to talk with those giving the demonstrations and try their hand at the trades.

  • Roofing in the Classroom

    by NFRC Scotland | Dec 11, 2017

    Instructions 1 

    The first Roofing in the Classroom course was delivered at St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk on 8 December 2017.
     
    The course developed by Rooftec (Scotland) Ltd of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors in conjunction with Dale Lyon (who developed Concrete in the Classroom) and Historic Environment Scotland.
     
    The course was broken down into five sections covering:

    • A general overview of roofing and the various types of roofs & roofing materials used. To highlight the difference between manufactured and natural products, with an end focus on slate,
    • Understanding of how natural slate occurs and varies from quarry to quarry, country to country. Gain the ability to hand cut slate and make a shaped coaster to take away,
    • Understand the importance of and responsibility towards health and safety with a focus on working at heights,
    • Understand how slates are fixed to a roof structure to ensure the building will remain watertight. How correct slate overlap is essential to a well-performing roof and how this differentiates depending on the roof pitch- measured in degrees. Gain the ability to use a measuring tape. End lesson with a slate roof design having been created to carry forward to next, and
    • Follow lesson four drawing plan to create a completed slate roof jig emulating a real-life scenario of concept to creation through the use of measuring tapes and methodical thinking.

     Work in Progress 4

    Funding was received from Historic Environment Scotland to pilot this course in five secondary schools in the Forth Valley area. At the end of the pilot, there will be a review of the course content and feedback from the school pupils and teachers to determine how to take this forward.
     
    Several other trades are also being considered, as we look to deliver traditional buildings skills in schools.
     
    This course builds on the traditional building skills demonstrations delivered by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.

     

    Certificate Presentation

  • Scottish Parliamentary Reception

    by NFRC Scotland | Dec 01, 2017

    Liam Kerr MSP 

    The NFRC was a primary partner in a recent Scottish Parliamentary Reception held in the Garden Lobby on 21st November 2017.

    The event was organised to raise the profile of traditional building skills demonstrations that the NFRC was actively involved in during the year and to highlight the importance of vocational training in schools. 

    The reception, sponsored by Gordon Lindhurst MSP for Lothian who has also been an active supporter of traditional building skills events. Taking the time to chat with the apprentices undertaking the demonstrations and with the school children who had a go at trying these skills out. Gordon has also turned his hand to the traditional roofing skills after a mini-masterclass from the apprentices at the event, as well as visiting an NFRC member on site working within his constituency. 

    Gordon highlighted the importance of repairing and maintaining Scotland’s rich built heritage and ensuring that we have a skilled workforce to do so. The economic and social significance and the need for protecting it for future generations to enjoy. 

    Ray O’Neill, Head Teacher of St Modan’s High School in Stirling, said, "That members of the school had attended the traditional building skills demonstration in Stirling and had thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They now have a far better understanding of the potential construction career options open to them, and several have expressed interest in pursuing construction as a career of choice. St Modan’s High School would be piloting a course called “Roofing in the Classroom” before the end of the year. 

    MSPs were given the opportunity to meet and discuss the experiences of the school children at the traditional building skills demonstrations and see some of the work they did at the events. The school children were also given the opportunity to tour the Debating Chamber which was well received by them all.

  • Winners in Scottish Roofing Awards Revealed

    by NFRC Scotland | Nov 16, 2017

    George Bennett Apprentice of the Year

    George Bennett Apprentice of the Year​​

    The National Federation of Roofing Contractors Scotland has announced the winners of the NFRC Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Awards at a glittering awards ceremony celebrating the best in the sector.

    Judged by an independent panel, the winning entries were assessed for exceptional standards of workmanship and technical expertise across 12 categories including roof slating, heritage roofing, roof tiling, roof sheeting, external cladding/rainscreen and reinforced bituminous membrane.

    Also recognised are single ply, liquid applied roofing, green roof, services to the community, apprentice of the year and supply chain partner of the year. 

    Peter Treacy, regional chairman of NFRC in Scotland, said: “

    “We received a high level of first class entries this year which made choosing the winners a very difficult job.  The winners, including all finalists, should be very proud of themselves. Their submitted projects demonstrated expertise, innovation and incredible workmanship in roofing in our region.  Our awards have been running for 10 years and continue to shine a light on the businesses and individuals that we feel deserve recognition.” 

    Winners in each category were announced at The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on November 10th. 

    For more information on the awards please visit: https://www.nfrc.co.uk/scotland.

    WINNERS:

    Roof Slating

    • Rooftec (Scotland) Ltd for Upper Glen Road  

    Heritage Roofing

    • B & D Roofing & Building Ltd for Dalmeny House Stables

    Roof Tiling

    • D M Roofing and Roughcasting Ltd for Lochwinnoch Primary School

    Roof Sheeting

    • Hugh L S McConnell Ltd for National Library Scotland

    External Cladding/Rainscreen

    • Procladd Scotland Ltd for Sauchiehall Street Centre

    Reinforced Bituminous Membrane

    • W G Walker (Ayr) Ltd for Toronto Primary School  

    Single Ply

    • Pinnacle Roofing Specialists for Fawnspark

    Liquid Applied

    • William Rae Roofing (Aberdeen) Ltd for Hazelhead Units     

    Green Roof

    • ICB (Projects) Ltd for Carrongrange High School   

    Services to the Community

    • Wyvis Roofing Inverness for The Meeting Place Culloden 

    Supply Chain Partner of the Year

    •   Ash & Lacy nominated by Advanced Building Contracts Ltd and Roofscape Ltd

    Apprentice of the Year

    • George Bennett

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