SIG Roofing Working to Strengthen New Slater Skills

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SIG Roofing Working to Strengthen New Slater Skills

Working with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) as part of their Slate Focus group, SIG Roofing has risen to the challenge to help reduce the shortage of roofing slate skills by working to improve the standard of slate training in colleges across the UK.

Via the SIG Roofing Academy, the industry is supporting education through development of the curriculum, providing lectures and product supply for NVQ Level 1 & 2 Slating & Tiling courses. Colleges currently involved in the SIG Roofing Academy are; Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Bolton, Birmingham, Erith (London) and St Austell.

Specialist Skill
The initiative brings together key industry bodies; the NFRC, CITB, local colleges and SIGA Natural Slate (the largest supplier of natural slate in the world) - to share their experience and knowledge and to support colleges with slate skills development. The aim is to strengthen the education and training offered to students so they will have more specialist and specific slating skills when they begin work as roofers.

By supplying free SIGA Natural Slate to colleges offering NVQ Level 1 & 2 Slating & Tiling courses, practical training can be increased as well as the amount of time apprentices will spend working with slate. It also means colleges won’t have to fund costly student mistakes themselves.

SIG Roofing is also working with SIGA and the CITB to improve classroom learning for students. By mapping the SIGA Natural Roofing Slate ‘Effective Specification CPD’ into the curriculum, students will gain a much deeper understanding of slate in general, an increased awareness of the industry, market trends and the selection process.

SIG Roofing is also supporting the curriculum by giving lectures and tutorials to share its vast knowledge of the slate industry. This is a vital investment in the industry and in future roofers - creating a work force that is better skilled, more knowledgeable, and has a wider specialist skill set.

SIG Roofing and SIGA say they are “proud to be supporting the roofers of tomorrow and to be able to play their part in bridging the skills gap.” To get more information or become involved contact


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