Redland expands its training support

The comprehensive programme includes new courses, online learning and a substantial package of support to apprentices.

When it first opened its doors in 1983, the Redland National Training Centre was unique. It was the UK’s first centre for roofing industry training, and estimates suggest that since then over 40,000 industry professionals have passed through its doors. That’s slightly more than the population of Scarborough or Bishop’s Stortford! While a town populated entirely by roofers is a stretch of the imagination, the benefits the centre brings to the industry are not.


In a skills shortage one of the immediate priorities is to help contractors train new recruits. To help address this and encourage contractors to employ young tradespeople short on experience, Redland have been working with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) to design training for the BCP. As a result Redland are the first NFRC approved BCP training provider.

The BCP helps equip younger or new tradespeople with the basic skills they need to be able to work on site. Through it, roofers can apply for their Red Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, proving they have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they’re doing. As most principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid CSCS card, this is a vital ingredient in the skills mix. Once they can work on site, new recruits can continue to learn from their colleagues and work towards the NVQ qualification they will need to make their CSCS registration permanent.

Of course, taking two days out of your normal working routine is not always possible. Redland’s Online Learning Programme means you can fit your learning into your working day. The team has broken down their popular Basic Roofing course into bite-sized chunks you can do at home or at a desk. That way you can continue to learn and still get on with the day job.

The BCP and Online Learning Programme are just the tip of the iceberg as they are part of a much wider programme offered by Redland. For example you can make sure you are totally up to speed on the changes to BS 5534:2014 by registering for Redland’s in demand course on the revised standard. Or you can attend a specification day, where you can learn how to install a full specified Redland roof system. There’s a lot to choose from.

The much-respected team offer unparalleled expertise in all aspects of pitched roofing, with specialist and advanced courses helping contractors reach higher levels of expertise in their trade. Tap into their knowledge to see what they can do for you.