Martin-Brooks is sending three of its tradesmen into the classroom to covert their on-site skills into formal qualifications after sourcing courses in joinery and roof slating and tiling.
With support from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the Sheffield-based roofing specialist is sending Jamie Heritage, aged 18, on a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level two in joinery at Sheffield College.
As there is no specific course for roofing joinery in the UK, Martin-Brooks is also participating in a reciprocal arrangement with Kier, organised by the CITB, to provide Mr. Heritage with roofing experience in exchange for assistance with the elements of the course that are outside his current role.
Jay Higgins and Alexander Fearn, both 21, are both studying a slating and tiling apprenticeship at Leeds College of Building. Martin-Brooks says the two-year course will equip the pair with a NVQ level two covering the range of work it undertakes, from small domestic repairs to the installation of a new roof.
All three of the trainees have worked at the firm for 12 months and will be granted block release to complete the theoretical element of their training.
John Elmore, Martin-Brooks’ managing director, said: “We can only maintain the high standards of craftsmanship for which we are renowned if we continue to invest in the next generation of roofers. In the last 12 months our trainees have demonstrated an aptitude for their work and a commitment to the firm. Having the time and encouragement to seek formal qualifications will make all three more rounded individuals with a greater breadth of knowledge that will ultimately reflect in the quality finish we produce.”