The company says it is the only flat roofing supplier with CITB Approved Training Organisation status.
The course is based at the Advance Technical Engineering and Construction Centre (TECC) in Leyton, and will be delivered by Langley’s training team. The Advance TECC is a partnership between Dudley College of Technology, the London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF), Simian and NOCN Group.
Apprentices will spend the 18-24 month course learning how to interpret drawings, measure and calculate the amount of materials required for roofing work, as well as learning how to install vapour control layers, and maintain flat or pitched roofs.
Mark Dunn, head of training at Langley, says: “With the skills gap increasing as more workers retire and less young people join the construction industry, it’s crucial that comprehensive and accessible training is available to installers of all ages.
“This course, which covers reinforced bituminous membrane (RBM), liquid and single-ply roofing, and will be assessed by an independent assessor, allows the trainee to build up their portfolio as evidence is collected through video, photographs, professional discussions and method statements.”
The Trailblazer Roofing Apprenticeship is a government-backed initiative designed to support further training within the construction industry. For non-apprenticeship levy payers, the apprentices will have 95% of their course funded. The course is also supported by two attendance grants and an achievement grant for those companies that are CITB registered.
Neel Bidessie, centre director at Advance TECC, says: “It is an accessible solution to ensuring new workers in the industry are able to develop their skills, while existing workers of any age are able to enhance their service offerings. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Langley to deliver this apprentice standard, designed by employers for employers. This will impact positively to meet the needs of the construction industry and to find a solution to the acute skills shortage. We look forward to welcoming the apprentices to the Centre very soon.”