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EDITOR’S COMMENT RCIMAG.COM DECEMBER 2017 005 Accreditation will enable the sector to “survive and thrive” When NFRC CEO James Talman stood on the stage at the UK Roofing Awards and proclaimed: “accreditation, accreditation, accreditation” for the roofing sector, you could be forgiven for wondering what it actually all meant. The sentiment was certainly right – professionalise the roofing sector in the eyes of the public and end user – but words need to be backed up with actions and a clear plan. And that’s what James and his team have been devising following the announcement at November’s NFRC Suppliers’ Conference that “CITB has reached agreement with the NFRC to launch an accreditation scheme for the UK roofing sector.” The accreditation scheme is said to be focussed on engaging with existing and potential contractors to create a career learning programme which will inspire and motivate. Mark Noonan, CITB, explained: “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.” It is anticipated that all specialist federations, professional training providers and other relevant stakeholders will support the scheme – and that’s the key, the industry needs to work together and pull in the same direction for such a scheme to be successful for all involved. Jon Vanstone, who is responsible for delivering the scheme echoed this point: “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.” The accreditation will officially launch in 2018 and James Talman has set a target of achieving 5,000 accredited roofers in a four-year period. The scheme aims to improve efficiency, upskill the workforce, encourage the use of new technology and attract new talent. The skills and perception issue affecting the wider construction industry and roofing sector in particular is well documented, and it’s great to see the NFRC is facing the challenge head-on by bringing together this initiative which could potentially address so many of the immediate problems, plus create a brighter future for the sector. As James Talman told RCI: “The stakes have never been higher. Our industry can only survive – and thrive – if best practice filters down through the sector. And this accreditation could protect the future of roofing and enhance its reputation for a new generation of roofers.” Time will tell – there’s no silver bullet – but this sounds like the structure the sector needs... Matt Downs, RCI editor Overheard on Twitter Follow: @RCImag Construction industry represents 10% of total UK employment, we have joined industry colleagues putting forward recommendations to boost construction skills post-Brexit http://www.bbc.com/news/business- 42155228 … @CPA_Tweets Giving oral evidence this morning to House of Commons Treasury Committee about impact of Budget on SME builders @fmbuilders @BrianBerryFMB If it’s good enough for a #RoyalWedding2018 then it’s good enough for the FMB. Join us in Windsor 20th & 21st April for FMB London and Southern Counties Annual Conference. http://ow.ly/XycO30gAX4s @FMBLondon_Barry @fmbuilders Housing Minister @AlokSharma_RDG announces a new £25 million fund launched to help local authorities unlock more homes where people want to live @CommunitiesUK Build UK are pleased to be working together with our industry colleagues to highlight the importance of access to EU workers for #construction http://bbc.in/2nfU4HZ @BuildUK Research: A #CITB study with @northeastlep shows £15bn worth of #construction planned for the North East. http://bit.ly/2AIFqPg @CITB_UK National Insulation Association Conference Speakers Revealed @NIALtd New report sets out ambitious action plan to make all UK homes energy efficient within 20 years. #EnergySavingHomes http://ow.ly/RKJF30fspRM @SolidwallSWIGA Looking for #SinglePly #Roof Training? Then take a look at what @singleply have to offer - http://roofindustryalliance.co.uk/2017/11/29/ single-ply-training-courses/ … @RoofIndAll The #BIM conundrum: Too much confusion hinders level 2 progress @singleply Download our latest technical guidance note for the construction and design of #blueroofs http://bit.ly/2lIyVp8 #NFRCTechnical @TheNFRC What is the route to achieving a Level 2 NVQ in Liquid #Roofing? Here's the answer: http://www.lrwa.org.uk/training/training-andupskilling programmes-for-liquid-applicator/ @LRWAssociation Investing in warmer housing could save the NHS billions @CavitywallCIGA Find out what our recent name change to #IMA means for the #insulation industry here @IMA_Org @NFB_HBA says : London plan is encouraging for SME house builders ... read more on the NFB website http://bit.ly/2iwwNjA @nfbuilders


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