It's time for a change, it's time for the roofing industry in all its variations to take a stand and say I'm Proud to Promote Roofing. 


The Proud to Promote Roofing Campaign offers practical advice and tips on how to help raise the profile of the industry and encourage roofing as a positive career choice for all. 


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KICKSTART FOR YORKSHIRE ROOFERS

Posted on 19th October, 2020

NORTHERN ROOF TRAINING GROUPS ON BOARD WITH THE NEW “KICKSTART” INITIATIVE

 

The Government’s recent launch of the “KICKSTART” initiative has prompted both North West and Yorkshire Roof Training Groups to get on board with Gateway organisations, Procure Plus and En:Able Futures to assist their Members in the recruitment of new staff.

 

The objective of “Kickstart” is to help young people aged from 16-24 & in receipt of Universal Credit, get back into work and boost the UK economy. Although a “Kickstart” application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements, as it’s unlikely that single employers will be able to provide this number, they can apply for just one individual place (or more), by using an existing Kickstart Gateway.

The Government will fund each ‘kickstart’ job, paying 100% of National Minimum Wage, National Insurance, and pension contributions for 25 hours a week. Employers will be able to top up this wage, and can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021 

 

Government will also pay employers £1,500 to establish support and training for those on placement, as well as helping to pay for uniforms and other set up costs. More information about the Kickstart Scheme on GOV.UK website

 

Sue Wharton, Group Training Officer for the North West Group said “with this type of support, here’s a golden opportunity to trial individuals who may in due course, prove suitable for further training/upskilling at a time when we are faced with a critical shortage of skilled labour. We are all aware that we can no longer rely on family & friends to form the backbone of our sector. An extra bonus for employers is available via Procure Plus as they are providing a “site-ready” service, so those new to construction can take advantage of relevant free training, HSE tests and CSCS Cards.

 

Denise Cherry, GTO for Yorkshire Independent Roof Training Group is promoting the initiative to 100 group members and the group’s work with En-Able Futures will give the option of The Health Safety and Environment Course, CSCS Cards and practical roof training to ensure that young people become knowledgeable and useful on site during the first month. Denise says “This really is a good offer for companies to recruit young people to support their existing workforce, and potentially take up further learning to become permanent employees.

Pitched Roofing Awards : Entries Open Now!

Posted on 12th October, 2020

In support of global efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, Roofing, Cladding & Insulation (RCI)​, is pleased to announce that the Pitched Roofing Awards will take place as a virtual awards ceremony on Friday 26 February, 2021.

With a variety of categories to choose from, recognising both the residential and commercial areas of the pitched roofing market, there is plenty of opportunity for companies and individuals to be acknowledged for their achievements.

So, if you would like to be a part of this fantastic event, then make sure you submit your entry online at www.pitchedroofingawards.co.uk/enter-awards by Friday 6 November, 2020.

First 50 Roofers Accredited Through RoofCERT

Posted on 24th September, 2020

FIFTY ROOFERS, from ten different roofing companies across the country, are the first to be officially accredited by RoofCERT.

 

RoofCERT, the UK’s only accreditation scheme for roofing operatives, is professionalising the roofing industry by helping roofing operatives demonstrate their competency and helping roofing contractors to upskill their teams.

 

To achieve accreditation roofers must pass a rigorous knowledge test, undertake six health and safety awareness courses, and demonstrate their roofing competence via practical assessment.

 

Read more here.

ROOFCERT Technical tests

Posted on 27th August, 2020
ROOFCERT Technical tests
Why not get in contact to arrange your in house RoofCert technical tests? We can come to you to carry these out free of charge. Don't miss out, get in touch now! 

 

CITB NEWS: Construction Talent Retention Scheme

Following the successful launch of the Talent Retention Scheme last month, we continue to work with the Construction Leadership Council and other partners to develop this initiative. To be the success we need it to be and secure ongoing support, we are encouraging as many employers and people looking for roles as possible to register on the platform.  
 
If you missed the webinars that were hosted at launch these can still be viewed here, alongside a short introductory video.

CITB NEWS: Mental wellbeing training

Posted on 27th August, 2020
CITB NEWS: Mental wellbeing training through the Lighthouse Club
Launched during Mental Health Awareness week in May, the Lighthouse Club has extended their series of free workshops for the rest of the year. The online ‘Wellbeing Sessions’ provide an introduction into important subjects, such as coping with stress and mindfulness, as well as CV writing and interview preparation.
 
There are many benefits to mental wellbeing training, find out more and register your interest here.

Women in Roofing - Webinars

Posted on 18th June, 2020

RISING TO THE CHALLENGES - Women in Roofing

OVER THE next four weeks, Women in Roofing will be running a series of webinars focused on building post Covid-19 business resilience, encouraging sector collaboration and sharing of best practice.

The individual sessions will be looking at:

  • The Covid-19 new Site Safety rules
  • Managing your team and your own well-being and mental health
  • Strategy for planning recruitment, skills and training and access to funding

Webinar platform

Women in Roofing’s aim is also to offer a platform which can bring the industry together during these difficult times, share best practice, increase confidence and resilience and take forward suggestions and ideas.

The first webinar is scheduled for Thursday 11th June 2020 from 3 to 4pm.

Further details on the panellists for each session and discussion topics will be announced on the Women in Roofing website where you can also find more details and register to attend the webinar sessions.

Funded e-Learning

Posted on 3rd June, 2020

FULLY FUNDED e-learning is available from 3 June 2020, as  we have funding allocated from the RIA; subjects available are:

 

Abrasive Wheels, Asbestos Awareness, Emergency First Aid, Fire Safety, Manual Handling and Working at Height Awareness (those looking for accreditation from RoofCERT will recognise that completion of all 6 courses goes a long way towards final accreditation)

 

Please note – Staff who are furloughed can take part in training.

RoofCERT 

Posted on 2nd June, 2020

The brand new accreditation programme for the individual has arrived! This is Roofing’s equivalent to the Gas Safe Register & there is a development programme to professionalise the sector nationally. It consists of a knowledge test specific to roofing, mandatory training courses, VQ & experienced worker route and agreed CPD to keep operatives up to date and renew accreditation


Check out RoofCert