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NFRC shines a light on roofing apprenticeships in ITN Business interview

Head of Careers Ruth Scarrott was interviewed as part of the ITN Business ‘Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success’ news-style programme, where she highlighted the support available for apprentices an employers, plus the rewarding and varied career opportunities for a career in roofing.

Ruth Scarrott, Head of Careers at NFRC, has shown support for National Apprenticeship Week following an interview with ITN Business, which gave her the opportunity to spread the word to young people, their parents and influencers, and people of all ages, looking to begin a rewarding career in roofing.

National Apprenticeship Week 2024 takes place from 5th-11th February in England, with Scottish Apprenticeship Week following from 4th-8th March. Both initiatives spotlight the apprenticeship and career progression opportunities available across numerous sectors and within the multimillion-pound roofing industry.

Reporter Joanna Simpson interviewed Ruth recently as part of the ITN Business ‘Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success’ news-style programme, to delve into the opportunities within the roofing industry. Together, they explored the importance of the sector, bust myths about working in roofing, and showcased the advantages of a construction apprenticeship.

Ruth also gave a reminder that there is a wide range of roles available, across many disciplines, both on and off the tools. As Ruth pointed out, the obvious roles are installer related but she also highlighted the many other roles to consider, such as working for a roofing supplier, as an estimator or project manager, and all the associated office roles; As Ruth pointed out, the roofing industry really does have it all.

Ruth also explained, once trained individuals can become their own boss or choose to be employed, working on anything from re-roofing public or even heritage buildings, to installing solar installations on new build housing or large commercial projects. Ruth also highlighted the industry is changing at pace, with exciting new sustainable roofing initiatives constantly coming to market, providing long-term career pathways.

Commenting on the discussion, NFRC’s Ruth Scarrott stated: “Apprenticeships need to stop being compared to going to university and stand alone as a valuable gateway to a great career. They are a stable, secure and respected route to a well-paid professional job. Plus, it’s a way to earn while learning, which right now is an especially appealing prospect for many.

“Raising awareness amongst young people, parents and career advisors on the opportunities construction offers is our priority. More and more resources are now available to offer information and guidance for those considering an apprenticeship. For roofing specifically, nfrc.co.uk/careers holds a wealth of resources.”

NFRC says it continues to actively promote roofing as a skilled, professional sector within the wider construction industry. Also, the UK’s largest roofing association, says it is working collaboratively with employers to help them prepare for apprenticeship opportunities within their business and to communicate them in the right places. NFRC, in partnership with CITB, says it leads the delivery of a programme that supports new starters through the crucial first six months at their new roofing industry employer, and the project offers support in the workplace through job coaching, mentoring, employer engagement, peer and buddy systems, plus other appropriate support measures.

To find out more about roofing apprenticeships and National Apprenticeship Week, click here.

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