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NFRC creates Head of Careers position to attract new talent to the sector

by Jennie Ward

With recruitment difficulties being felt throughout construction, Ruth Scarrott has been appointed Head of Careers and will work to attract new talent to the roofing and cladding sector, and deliver the message that “roofing is open for all.”

Ruth Scarrott has been appointed to the newly-created position of Head of Careers at NFRC.  

Ruth joins NFRC from a similar position at the Canal and River Trust and has more than 15 years of experience in the careers sector.

In this new role, NFRC says Ruth will bring her extensive insights and experience and apply this to implementing a careers strategy for the roofing and cladding industry, and through this strategy, she will work in collaboration with stakeholders across the sector to attract new talent and deliver a clear message that “roofing is open for all.”

This appointment comes at a time where, according to NFRC’s State of the Roofing Industry Survey for Q2 of 2021, three-quarters (76 per cent) of roofing contractors are reporting recruitment difficulties, and skill shortages are becoming systemic. 

Speaking about her appointment and plans for NFRC’s careers agenda, Ruth said: “As a passionate advocate for improving life chances for everyone, especially disadvantaged groups, I have a good understanding of what the NFRC wants to achieve, and I am looking forward to dedicating my knowledge and experience to delivering these aims.”

She added: “I am particularly interested in the part that new talent can play in revitalising organisational culture, and I am keen to outline our intention to attract new people into the sector and to deliver timely and informative messaging to members and wider stakeholders on NFRC’s commitment to careers.”

She concluded: “I am committed to supporting members as well as working with industry and wider stakeholders including the CITB, central and devolved government, trade and professional bodies, and Regional Roof Training Groups to address the widespread skills shortages within roofing.”


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