New funding boosts unique roof training programme

East Midlands Roofing College has received a substantial funding boost from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) to expand its vocational training with local schools.

Jason Wright, managing director of J Wright Roofing and head of the East Midlands Roofing College, said:  “These youngsters can get a real insight into what a career in roofing offers, so that they can make an informed choice before going on to a full-blown apprenticeship. This means that the drop-out rate is practically non-existent and we enrol individuals who are keen to succeed in their chosen career, realising that there is much more to roofing than they originally imagined.

“The funding will enable us to expand this programme – which we believe to be unique – to a wider catchment area.”

He added: “For some time now we have been working with Bulwell Academy to offer a vocational course for the younger students, so that they can gain experience in health and safety, site work and an idea of what the apprenticeship offers, before they reach school-leaving age.”

Prime Minister David Cameron gave the programme his approval when he visited the college  and J Wright Roofing earlier this year.

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