Recent Achievements

7th October 2019 - Roofing Apprenticeships completed!

Crop apprentices

Congratulations to newly qualified Zac Hopkins, Tyler Mason and Sam Ellis, who have successfully completed their Specialist Applied-Skills Programme (SAP) and have gained a Level 2 QCF NVQ Diploma in Roofing Occupations – Roof Slater and Tiler.

Peter Rowsell recognises the hard work and dedication each apprentice has put in to earning their academic qualification in roofing. “They have learnt the practical techniques and theoretical knowledge of how to use plain and interlocking tiles, natural slates and other materials to cover valleys, hips and general areas. These core areas have been supplemented by their completion of qualifications in First Aid and Health and Safety, along with other industry-specific subjects.” Each delegate has also gained over 3 years of professional technical experience on-site within this time.

Peter acknowledges that thanks has to be given to the senior staff at Rowsell for their part in Zac’s, Tyler’s and Sam’s achievement. “Without the constant mentoring and support on-site from Rowsell’s experienced workforce, the on-site learning element of the boys NVQ would not be achievable.”

This specialist roofing training has been delivered by Alan Lander of Rooftrain, who delivers the apprenticeship programme on behalf of the CITB through the South West Roofing Training Group. Alan agrees with Peter. “It’s great to see experienced people willing to nurture and hone the skills of the emerging workforce – without this commitment, so much valuable knowledge would be lost forever.”

Gaining his NVQ is especially poignant for Tyler Mason who made it to the SkillBuild finals in 2018.  Unfortunately, Tyler had to withdraw from the competition due to an injured ankle. “I found college an extremely enjoyable experience being able to take time to learn the skills needed to progress myself. These skills have translated into much more efficient, and higher standards of work than I was producing before”. 

The success of all three apprentices shows Rowsell Roofing has got it right - investing in training for the emerging workforce will help sustain a level of professional expertise within the company and the roofing industry and Sam agrees, “I feel the apprenticeship has benefited me in all areas of my work. I learnt new and more practical ways of roofing, making day to day tasks easier.  After completion of the apprenticeship my confidence in all areas of roofing has improved, due to the skills I’ve learnt on the course”.  Zac went on to say, “I am very pleased to have completed my apprenticeship, working on site and combining the teaching from the course has improved my knowledge and practical skills massively. I have also been working very hard in a team and on my confidence, and it has been enjoyable”.

The Apprentices are proud of their achievement and recognise the positive impact it has already had on their work.  Peter is looking forward to witnessing their continued progress….and has already welcomed the next apprentice by enrolling him on the September 2019 SAP in Exeter!

14th June 2018 - 2nd place in SkillBuild Regional Qualifiers!

Congratulations to Tyler Mason who has been awarded Second Place in the SkillBuild Regional Qualifier Competition on 14th June 2018, in the skill 'Advanced Roof Slating and Tiling'. 

This means he has made it to the Skillbuild 2018 finals to be held in November at the Birmingham NEC.

The final is managed by CITB and the winner will be invited to London to attend the annual Craft Awards lunch as well as participating in the IFD World Championship in 2020. The International Federation for the Roofing Trade (IFD) is the worldwide recognised highest body representing the interests of the Roofing Trade.

Well done Tyler! We wish you well for the finals!