New Accreditation Scheme is Major Landmark for Roofing Industry

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New Accreditation Scheme is Major Landmark for Roofing Industry

James Talman, CEO of NFRC, and Jon Vanstone, chair of the Competent Person Forum and Trade Association Forum who will be chairing the accreditation.

Plans to create an accreditation to protect and support the growth of the roofing industry were announced at the annual National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Suppliers Conference on 21st November 2017.

In what James Talman, Chief Executive of the NFRC, described as a “major landmark for the NFRC and UK roofing sector”, the plans are to create 5,000 accredited roofers over a 4-year programme.

The accreditation scheme, the result of collaboration between the NFRC and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), aims to improve efficiency, upskill the workforce, encourage the use of new technology and attract new talent.

James Talman explained: “The industry recognises that it is faced with an ageing workforce, structural challenges which limit its professionalism and lack of career paths.

 “Our aim is to address some of these issues and make sure roofing contractors have the support they need to operate efficiently and confidently.”

Speaking to the audience of senior figures from UK roofing supplier businesses, James Talman outlined how the new scheme will help to change working practices to create a platform from which to upskill and attract new recruits into the workforce. He said that although there is sufficient capacity in the sector to deliver training, some training methods need changing, such as introducing mobile training hubs. Such innovation will help to create a perception of the industry as offering exciting opportunities to attract new talent.

Engaging with contractors
Mark Noonan, Industry Relations Director at CITB, said the accreditation was focused on engaging with existing and potential contractors to create a career learning programme which would inspire and motivate.

He said: “The CITB is placing its support with the NFRC to create the sustainable demand for professional roofers in the built environment and by doing so ensuring that employers and clients benefit from an accredited workforce. We anticipate the scheme benefits would be supported across all specialist federations, professional training providers and other relevant stakeholders.”

The programme of delivery for the accreditation, which has received CITB funding, will be chaired by Jon Vanstone, chair of the Competent Person Forum and Trade Association Forum.

He has worked on accreditation schemes with a number of different industries since 2003, most recently with the glazing sector.

He said: “This is an incredibly exciting step forward for the roofing industry and with engagement across the board it could change the perception of a career in roofing and encourage more people into the sector.

“Collaboration is key to the success of this programme and we will be looking to work together with representatives across the industry to ensure it is of value.”

The accreditation programme will be starting next year. 

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