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SIG UK Exteriors announces the sale of its Building Plastics business to General All Purpose Plastics Group Ltd “GAP”

SIG UK Exteriors has announced the sale of its Building Plastics and Windows business to GAP in a move described by Managing Director Andrew Wakelin as a positive and progressive development for both businesses.

The agreement will enable SIG UK Exteriors to focus on servicing its core roofing customers. SIG UK Exteriors is the largest specialist provider of roofing materials in the UK, operating through a nationwide network of over 120 local branches.

Established in Lancashire in 1993, GAP has grown rapidly year on year, supplying both the residential and commercial building markets with high quality low maintenance PVC-U products. As such, GAP will be able to develop the specialist roofline, rainwater and building products businesses and help customers grow by adding a bigger range of products backed with technical and marketing support.

Arrangements are in place to ensure a smooth transition and continuity for customers, stockists and suppliers. All employees involved have been informed, with reassurances offered about the future.

GAP’s Group Sales & Marketing Director Paul Sowerby, says: “From the first meeting with SIG we saw a well-organised, profitable business and a focus on supporting local tradesmen with the best quality products at the keenest possible prices. Their network of busy Depots is particularly strong in the South of England and so provides us with reach but limited overlap with our own existing network. It all makes for a perfect fit.”

Andrew Wakelin comments: “We’re confident that the Building Plastics product range has found a good home with GAP. We believe that the change of ownership is a smart strategic move, which will sharpen the focus of the SIG brand whilst guaranteeing market knowledge and added resources for the Building Plastics business.

This move is a positive affirmation of SIG’s agility and responsiveness to our customers’ needs and ever-changing environment, as well as our commitment to the development and success of our business.”

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NFRC Launches Safe2Torch Guidance

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), have today (3rd July 2017) launched their Safe2Torch campaign.

The focus of the campaign is new guidance, developed in partnership with stakeholders across the industry, which aims to reduce the risk of roof fires when using gas torches on roofs.

The Safe2Torch campaign will directly affect at least 50% of all the flat roofs installed in the UK.

Kevin Taylor, Head of Technical Services at NFRC says: “Roof fires caused by gas torches, no matter how minor, pose a serious threat to life, property, the image of the industry and possibly even the long-term future of torch-on as an accepted method of covering a roof. NFRC believe that by working together, fires of this nature can be prevented, which is why we have launched our Safe2Torch campaign.”

The Safe2Torch campaign is designed to support specification writers to comply with the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015.

The CDM regulations state that, ‘The person who selects products for use in construction is a designer and must take account of health and safety issues arising from their use. If a product is purpose-built, the person who prepares the specification is a designer and so are manufacturers, if they develop a detailed design.

The guidance includes an illustrated document which is free to download and includes an updated safe specification checklist. This checklist will form the basis of an electronic surveying app, which the NFRC will be launching. Users will be able to upload photos and notes via a smart phone or tablet, with a webcast setting out the main points of Safe2Torch for those conducting the surveys as well as tips on how to use the surveying app.

The Safe2Torch guidance also covers the reduction of fire risks in general, including drying out decks and hot works permits etc.

For more information please visit www.nfrc.co.uk or contact 020 7638 7663.

 

 

 

UK Roofing Awards 2017 – Winners Announced

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National Federation of Roofing Contractors – the UK’s largest roofing trade association (NFRC) – is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s prestigious UK Roofing Awards. The winners were revealed at a memorable ceremony that took place on Friday 19th May 2017 at Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London.

Winners across the eleven competition categories are as follows:

Green Roofing

  • Skygarden Ltd working with Topek Ltd Project: The Macallan Distillery

Hard Metal Roofing

  • Roles Broderick Roofing Ltd Project: Exeter College, University of Oxford

Heritage Roofing – Sponsored by Klober

  • Emerton Roofing (Western) Ltd Project: The Boat House

Lead Roofing – Sponsored by Chandlers Roofing Supplies

  • K&M Leadwork Ltd Project: Goring Clock Tower

Liquid Applied Roofing and Waterproofing

  • Mitie Tilley Roofing Ltd Project: North Terminal, Gatwick Airport

Mastic Asphalt / Hot Melt – Sponsored by EagleView

  • Prater Ltd working with Radmat Building Products Ltd Project: Fitzroy Place

Reinforced Bitumen Membranes

  • M&J Group Project: Fleet Bank House

Roof Slating

  • Contour Roofing (Essex) Ltd Project: St Joseph’s College

Roof Tiling

  • Rowlands Roofing Ltd working with Marley Eternit Project: Quintain House

Sheeting and Cladding – Sponsored by ECIC

  • Lakesmere Project: Greenwich Energy Centre (Optik Cloak)

Single Ply Roofing

  • Carlisle Construction Materials Ltd working with Topek Ltd Project: The Macallan Distillery

In addition to the category winners, awards were also presented to the following accolades for their outstanding standards of workmanship and technical excellence:

  • Roof of the Year – sponsored by SIG Roofing, this award was presented to Rowlands Roofing Ltd in association with Marley Eternit for work on Quintain House. This award was chosen by the UK Roofing Awards Judges from this year’s winners.
  •  CITB Exceptional Contribution to Training – this award went to Beverley Sexton of Jackson Jackson & Sons Ltd
  • Young Leadworker of the Year (Lead Sheet Association) – this award was scooped by Jay Stubbs, a self-employed leadworker trading as LDN Leadwork Ltd
  • Murdoch Sponsor’s Award (Lead Contractors Association) – Celtic Leadwork won this award for its work on a Primary School in Notting Hill, London
  • Murdoch Award (Lead Contractors Association) – Conservation Leadwork Ltd won this award for its work on Culham Court Chapel 

Commenting on the competition winners, James Talman, Chief Executive at NFRC said: “Congratulations to all our winners. The Awards is the highlight of the roofing calendar and this year was no exception. The judging panel was blown away with the quality of entries and every winner should be proud of their achievement.”

James added: “We would like to thank everyone that entered the competition and all those who have supported the event, including the headline sponsor, SIG Roofing, for their continued support and all sponsors.”

Sponsors for this year’s Awards included: Associated Lead Mills Ltd, Axter Ltd, B&CE, Chandlers Roofing Supplies Ltd, Cromar Building Products Ltd, CUPA PIZARRAS, ECIC, Eco Green Roofs Ltd, IKO PLC, Klober Ltd, Lead Contractors Association (LCA), Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA), Lead Sheet Association (LSA), M&J Group (Construction & Roofing) Ltd, Marley Eternit Ltd, Monier Redland Ltd, QANW, Radmat Building Products Ltd, Recticel Insulation, Rockwool Ltd, Sika Ltd, Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA), SR Timber, Total Bitumen UK Limited, Triflex (UK) Limited and Wienerberger Ltd. SIG Roofing is Headline Sponsor.

Details of all winners can be found at https://www.nfrc.co.uk/uk-roofing-awards

SIG Roofing’s search for Britain’s Best Cafe 2017 is on!

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Following the success of last year’s national search to find Britain’s Best Cafe, local cafes across the UK will get another chance to compete for the title of Britain’s Best Cafe 2017.

The national competition is organised by SIG Roofing and its local branches, who will be supporting local cafes in their bid to win the title.  Votes from the cafes and SIG Roofing customers and members of the local community will be counted at the end of September this year – when 14 regional winners will be announced, with the coveted national title being announced   in November.

With around 6,000 cafes in the UK helping the nation to get through their working day courtesy of the famous Bacon Buttie, legendary British Breakfast or a tasty lunch – every vote will count.

The campaign aims to show how local communities appreciate the cafes and their tasty food. 2016 really showed that cafe customers value their regular stop-off for a great British breakfast, a tasty lunch or simply a strong cup of “builders’ tea”.

SIG Roofing think their customers and the contractors who use the local cafes every day are ideal to judge which cafe is Britain’s best. Our customers work hard, start early and are always on the lookout for a cafe with great food, cheerful and friendly staff. However they want everyone to join in the fun and that’s why they have open up the voting to the local community too.

Britain’s Best Cafe will be decided by public acclaim and later this year all the winners will be invited to share in an awards ceremony, at a prestigious London venue. Then the overall winner and their partner will be on their way to the Caribbean island of Cuba for an amazing 7 day holiday, where they can enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and sample local delicacies.

Cafes have from now until the 17th July to sign up to take part in the competition. They can register online by visiting www.britainsbestcafe.co.uk.

Voting starts on the 17th July and cafes will be provided with posters, voting forms and other merchandise to help them on their way to winning. Every vote will count – so from 17th July 2017 anyone wishing to support their local favourite cafe can visit the nearest SIG Roofing branch or vote online at www.britainsbestcafe.co.uk.

Finalists announced for UK Roofing Awards

 

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The National Federation of Roofing Contractors – the UK’s largest roofing trade association (NFRC) – is pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s prestigious UK Roofing Awards. Coinciding with NFRC’s 125th anniversary, and currently in its 11th consecutive year, this year’s event is set to be a memorable occasion.

As always, competition was rife across all eleven categories. Considerations that were taken into account in the selection process included the degree of difficulty, workmanship, problem solving, contribution to the built environment, environmental qualities and the aesthetics of the build. After much deliberation, the Judging Panel selected the following entries in their respective categories:

Green Roofing

  • Bridgman & Bridgman Llp Bransholme Pumping Station
  • Axter Ltd Centenary Quay
  • Skygarden Ltd with Topek Ltd Macallan Distillery
  • ICB (Waterproofing) Ltd with NRA Roofing and Flooring Services Ltd Nottingham University

Liquid Applied Roofing and Waterproofing

  • Mitie Tilley Roofing Gatwick Airport
  • Skyform (Scotland) Ltd New Build, Forbes Place, Aberdeen
  • Volkerlaser Priority Schools
  • Makers Construction Ltd with Triflex (UK) Ltd Royal Arch Apartments

Roof Tiling

  • Fildes Roofing Ltd Aldwick Hundred
  • Complete Roofing Contractors Ltd Caring Wood
  • Rowlands Roofing with Marley Eternit Quintain House
  • Monier Redland Ltd with Avonside Southampton Residential Roofing St Ives House

Single Ply Roofing

  • B & D Roofing and Building Ltd AMA Cramond
  • Contour Roofing (Essex) Limited Cheltenham House
  • Flat Roofing Membranes Ltd (FRM) Lymington Shores
  • Carlisle Construction Materials Ltd  with Topek Ltd Macallan Distillery

Reinforced Bitumen Membranes

  • Weatherproofing Advisors Airbus
  • M&J Group Packaging Manufacturer, Wiltshire
  • M&J Group Fleet Bank House
  • SPV Group Four Seasons

Mastic Asphalt / Hot Melt

  • Bauder Ltd with Accurate Roofing Limited British Airways i360
  • Prater Ltd with Radmat Building Products LtdFitzroy Place
  • Prater Ltd  with Radmat Building Products Ltd One Angel Court
  • IKO Plc with Infallible Systems Limited Tower Bridge

Sheeting and Cladding

  • M&J Group Packaging Manufacturer, Yorkshire
  • Lakesmere Leeds Station
  • Lakesmere Greenwich Energy
  • Structura UK Ltd West Croydon Bus Station

Hard Metal Roofing

  • Richardson Roofing Comman of the Oceans
  • Roles Broderick Roofing Limited Exeter College
  • Roles Broderick Roofing Limited Hastings Pier
  • Richardson Roofing Royal Mint

Lead Roofing

  • Lead-Tech Roofing Ltd Cramond House
  • K&M Leadwork Ltd Goring Clock Tower
  • Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd South Cliff
  • The Roof Group t/a Greenstone Roofing Stargroves

Roof Slating

  • Mac Roofing & Contracting Ltd Bolton Albert Halls
  • Redwing Roofing Ltd Chandlers Wharf
  • Contour Roofing (Essex) Limited St Joseph’s College
  • Apex Limited T/A Apex Roofing & Maintenance Tourist Information Centre, Guernsey

Heritage Roofing

  • Fildes Roofing Ltd Sole Street Building
  • Martin-Brooks (Roofing Specialists) Ltd. The Old Poultry Building
  • Emerton Roofing (Western) Limited The Boat House
  • Claude N Smith Ltd Stamford Railway Station

 

James Talman, Chief Executive at NFRC comments: “Congratulations to all our finalists. This year, the standard of entries was extraordinary high and therefore trying to narrow it down to 44 finalists was especially difficult. All finalists should be proud of their achievement and we would like to wish everyone the very best of luck.”

James added: “At the event, NFRC will also be celebrating its 125th anniversary, so the occasion promises to be like no other.”

The grand final set to take place on Friday 19th May 2017 at Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London, where winners will be announced and trophies presented at a special luncheon. The event will be hosted by BBC Breakfast Presenter, Steph McGovern, and the voice of the National Lottery, Alan Dedicote.

About The UK Roofing Awards:

The UK Roofing Awards covers the full spectrum of roofing disciplines, and runs from October to January every year. Open to all who are involved in roofing, entrants can submit projects into various categories, and entries are judged on criteria that includes: degree of difficulty, aesthetics, problem-solving, health and safety, workmanship and environmental issues.

Sponsors for The Awards include: Associated Lead Mills Ltd, Axter Ltd, B&CE, Chandlers Roofing Supplies Ltd, Cromar Building Products Ltd, CUPA PIZARRAS, ECIC, Eco Green Roofs Ltd, IKO PLC, Klober Ltd, Lead Contractors Association (LCA), Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA), Lead Sheet Association (LSA), M&J Group (Construction & Roofing) Ltd, Marley Eternit Ltd, Monier Redland Ltd, QANW, Radmat Building Products Ltd, Recticel Insulation, Rockwool Ltd, Sika Ltd, Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA), SR Timber, Total Bitumen UK Limited, Triflex (UK) Limited and Wienerberger Ltd. SIG Roofing is Headline Sponsor.

Details of all finalists can be found at https://www.nfrc.co.uk/uk-roofing-awards/2017-finalists

NFRC launches strategy to support UK roofing skills post Brexit

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The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) – the UK’s largest roofing trade association – has unveiled an ambitious four-year Workforce Development Strategy that is designed to elevate standards and ignite growth across the roofing sector. Seeking to attract full government and private sector backing, support and engagement, the new strategy will ultimately open doors to new jobs, higher standards, and help reach UK Construction targets.

This landmark development is the result of an independent and extensive research project undertaken by Skyblue Research on behalf of NFRC, the Roofing Industry Alliance and funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The research set out to identify the key challenges facing the roofing sector and after engaging with a cross-sector group of 141 UK-based roofing contractors, it concluded that a revival in the roofing sector could be kick-started by satisfying three key objectives. These objectives form the cornerstone of the Workforce Development Strategy.

Objective 1: Establish the roofing sector as a professional, modern, respected and aspirational sector with clear career paths; able to attract the best and the brightest apprentices, students and new workers.

Objective 2: Formalise and standardise a higher UK-wide training, accreditation and assessment infrastructure: to upskill and multi-skill its growing workforce.

Objective 3: Proactive engagement with all roofing sector companies, suppliers and trade associations, and seeking endorsement and commitment from all procurement stakeholders: enabling growth, increased training, and access to grants and higher standards.

Commenting on this significant development, James Talman, Chief Executive of NFRC said: “It’s well known that any chain, process or greater goal is only as strong as its weakest link, and without doubt the roofing sector has long felt like the poor relation of the construction industry. We have a major image problem due to a lack of clear differentiation between a qualified skilled worker and an operative who calls him/herself a roofer after carrying out a health and safety test.

“The Workforce Development Strategy sets out to provide insight into the specific areas of recruitment, training, accreditation and modernisation, that are perceived to be lacking in the roofing sector. By adopting the three key objectives recommended in the report and obtaining Government backing for roofing, there would added benefit to the wider construction industry, apprenticeship and employment figures, and the UK economy as a whole. We are confident that we will see a resurgence in our sector,” adds James.

He continues: “This research and its conclusions form the cornerstone of our strategy to modernise practices and behaviours.  These will ultimately establish a contemporary, relevant professional sector which encourages opportunity and innovation. In doing so, we will clearly demonstrate to all building owners whether in large-scale public procurement or a householder carrying out an extension, that insisting upon roofing contractors with accredited roofers is simply an essential requirement.” In attempting to uncover the barriers to supporting growth in the roofing sector, the Research project identified the following eight issues:

  • specialist skills in roofing are not recognised externally
  • limited training and qualification opportunities
  • outdated recruitment methods are stifling new talent
  • training availability is scarce in some geographies
  • assessment is in limited supply UK-wide
  • difficulties in incentivising training and development
  • covering costs of delivery is a bigger concern than
    training
  • one in five construction site deaths are linked to roofing

Alongside the barriers to supporting growth, the research also uncovered several issues that served to cause a sense of anticipation and optimism amongst participating companies as follows:

  • business growth
  • recruiting specialists
  • recruiting apprentices
  • more ambitious targets
  • diversity in specialisms
  • a desire for improvement
  • increased training numbers
  • closing the skill gap

James concludes: “The roofing sector recognises its own weaknesses, yet holds a growing belief in the potential that could be unlocked. Many of the actions and objectives required to revitalise our industry as a career of choice can be taken by us collectively.

However, to really make a difference and to empower the roofing sector to play its part in the governments industrial strategy, we need full government and private sector backing, support and engagement. The unveiling of our new strategy is the first step to achieving this.”

 
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SIG Roofing is announced as headline sponsor of UK Roofing Awards

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The National Federation of Roofing Contractors – the UK’s largest roofing trade association (NFRC) – is pleased to announce SIG Roofing as headline sponsor for this year’s prestigious UK Roofing Awards.

James Talman, Chief Executive at NFRC said: “As hosts of the Awards, we are delighted and excited to once again welcome SIG Roofing as our headline sponsor. This event is the highlight of the roofing industry calendar, and as always, its aim is to recognise and reward outstanding standards of workmanship, technical excellence and safety across all aspects of roofing. SIG Roofing has been supporting the Awards for the last 10 years, and combined with their commitment to best roofing practice, they make the ideal sponsor.”

James added: “This year’s Awards take on even greater meaning as they coincide with NFRC’s 125th anniversary – an amazing milestone for any organisation, but even more significant for a Federation that relies solely on membership support.”

Commenting on this exciting sponsorship announcement, Andrew Wakelin, Managing Director at SIG Roofing, said: “We are passionate about supporting the roofing industry and the desire to drive innovation and quality workmanship is at the very heart of our business. That’s why we are so committed to the work that the NFRC is doing with The UK Roofing Awards, and we are proud to once again be the headline sponsor.”  The UK Roofing Awards is now in its 11th consecutive year, with the grand final set to take place on Friday 19th May 2017 at Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London, where winners will be announced and trophies presented at a special luncheon. The event will be hosted by BBC Breakfast Presenter, Steph McGovern, and the voice of the National Lottery, Alan Dedicote.

The UK Roofing Awards covers the full spectrum of roofing disciplines, and runs from October to January every year. Open to all who are involved in roofing, entrants can submit projects into various categories, and entries are judged on criteria that includes: degree of difficulty, aesthetics, problem-solving, health and safety, workmanship and environmental issues.

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Trustmark urges homeowners to brace their home with the arrival of the arctic blast

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As severe weather sweeps across Britain today, TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home, is urging homeowners to brace their homes now as extreme cold and flooding could put a big strain on their homes and safety.

“Protecting your home is vital, particularly when a frozen water pipe can burst and flood your house or an ice dam in your gutter can cause water to seep into and saturate an interior wall,” says Simon Ayers, Chief Executive of TrustMark. “With this blast of freezing weather, we want homeowners to be prepared in case the worst does happen enabling them to fix any problems as soon as possible, either by doing the work themselves if you have the right skills or by calling in a qualified and inspected tradesperson from a reputable ‘find a trader’ scheme such as TrustMark.  With more than 21,000 licensed trades and the largest database of accredited tradespeople in the country, people can feel confident that by employing a TrustMark registered tradesperson, both high standards and quality of workmanship will be met.”

By taking some precautions and dealing with problems at an early stage can often ward off the need for more extensive and expensive repairs later on.  Below is a list of weather winter tips to help get your home through this severe stretch of cold:

  • Clean out the gutters, ensure any outlets are clear of leaves and debris and check for any leaks or damage. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Cast your eye over the roof from ground level to look for problem signs such as loose or missing tiles and watch for any early signs of leaks or condensation on the ceilings.
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbour’s.
  • Look out for cracked, loose or missing pointing or rendering on exterior walls and have this fixed before water finds it way in.
  • Get your boiler and/or central heating serviced or inspected by a Gas Safe registered engineer. A well-maintained boiler will burn less fuel so having your boiler checked and your heating system serviced will save money and, most importantly, it could potentially avoid a terrible tragedy.
  • Get your insulation up to scratch – lag pipes and water tanks, fit draught excluders and insulate your loft properly.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you’re not using it and make sure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s radiators or heating vents.
  • Keep a list of useful numbers handy in case of emergency – include your plumber, gas installer, roofer and electrician.

To find your nearest TrustMark registered firm, please click here

Britain’s Best Cafe National Winner Announced

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Organised by SIG Roofing and run with the help of its local branches, the quest for Britain’s Best Cafe has attracted entries from 500 cafes and more than 25,000 votes from members of the public.

The result was announced at a presentation lunch on Tuesday, 22nd November held at London’s Chiswell Street Brewery, where representatives from 14 regional finalists gathered to hear who had won the much-coveted title of Britain’s Best Cafe and a four-night, five-day trip to New York City.

Andrew Wakelin, Managing Director of SIG Roofing hosted the presentation lunch and welcomed everyone on behalf of the company.

Andrew offered his thanks and congratulations to all those who played their part in the highly successful competition, which was organised to recognise and celebrate the relationship between the local SIG Roofing branches, its customers, the cafes and the local community – where they all meet to enjoy great food and company.

Finally, with tension mounting, the National Winner was announced and the jubilant team from Super Sausage Café stepped up to take their trophy and the prize of a four-night trip to New York City, as Britain’s Best Cafe.

Cafe proprietors Chris and Gail Murray bought the cafe in July 2009 – but its history goes back well over 60 years.

The award is in recognition of Super Sausage Cafe’s popularity in the local community. They are renowned for their perfectly cooked full English breakfasts and have a real focus on offering quality food, sourcing locally wherever possible – all enjoyed either on the premises or as take-away-. The cafe boasts a huge car park, washroom facilities, an ATM and free Wi-Fi – just a few more reasons for its popularity!

Chris Murray said “This is such a great day for us – we put a lot of energy into the competition right from the start and we had 100 voting forms completed by customers on the first day. We’re absolutely delighted to have won.”

Now they will be heading off as representatives of cafe owners across the nation to see how the great British fry up compares to the best that Broadway has to offer in the famous Ellen’s Stardust diner – and to enjoy the sights and sounds of New York City, courtesy of SIG Roofing.

SIG Roofing Academy Supports SkillBuild Finalist

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As a national SkillBuild finalist; Will Emerton has been able to put the valuable skills and experience gained from completing his Level 3 NVQ in Roof Slating and Tiling to good use in this year’s competition. Will’s tutor Chris Messenger brimmed with pride when he told us how Will is “an ambassador for the college” and how the qualification has set Will on the path to be a great future roofer!

SkillBuild has been running for over 45 years and sees the very best in construction talent compete against each other to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in their chosen trade. The competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria. Run by CITB, covering ten craft occupations; including Bricklaying, Carpentry, Stonemasonry and Roofing.  The competition comprises of regional heats from April to June each year, and a national final this November.

 When Will Emerton, a student from the Leeds College of Building took centre stage at the regional heats he drew on the great theory and practical skills learnt during his Level 3 NVQ in Roof Slating and Tiling. When speaking to Will it is clear that the 21 year old has benefited hugely from using the donated SIGA Natural Slate during his time at Leeds colleague. Will said, “It’s helped me to further my development in slating, something I couldn’t have done otherwise. Going into the competition without the detailed knowledge of slating and being able to physically work with the material, would have otherwise put me behind the teams of more advanced roofers” And the benefits haven’t stopped there for Will, as his qualification and experience have helped him greatly as he has joined the family business.

Now having completed his course Will has taken up the role of Contracts Manager at Emerton Western where Will’s father is the Managing Director. When asked about long term goals Will says’ “I want to take over from my Dad and run the company, keeping the focus on heritage and complex roofing – which is mainly slate, like we have done for over 91 years. It was important for me to learn the more traditional roofing skills as I wanted to be respected by my colleagues and I didn’t want to go straight into the office based job. My farther and my grandfather learnt their trade on the roof and I want to be able to join the business, qualified and soon ready to deliver the same great standards of roofing that they do.”

We asked Will how the donated slate had helped him work towards achieving these goals. He said, “The NVQ was split into two parts – practical training and theory. Being able to work with and practice with the slates themselves over and over again, has provided me with far more advance roofing skills than I would have been able to achieve without it”.

Students from all Building and Construction Colleges across the UK were invited to take part in SkillBuild. Will was one of eleven students that entered the competition along with his brother Andrew which resulted in the brothers going on to the national finals, which will be held at NEC Birmingham in November.

Will told us about how he was preparing for the finals “it’s going to be exciting to head back to the college before the competition, as I will need to practice lots with the roofing slate beforehand, a big part of the final is working with slate and its great we have the donated slate available to us so we can do this”

Leeds College of Building has been able to offer their students greater hands on experience as part of their NVQ in Roof Slating and Tiling due to the slate donated by the SIG Roofing Academy. Working with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) as part of their Slate Focus group, SIG Roofing are working with colleges across the UK to help reduce the shortage of roofing slate skills by working to improve the standard of slate training in colleges across the UK.

We look forward to following up with Will after the finals and hopefully congratulating him on his award – Good Luck Will!

For more information regarding the SIG Roofing Academy please contact info@sigroofing.co.uk