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RCI JULY 2014

RIA ROOFING FOCUS Women in roofing management The RIA has announced a new project known as “Women in Roof Management” (WiRM), which it calls a milestone for the training in roofing industry and will raise the profile of the professional contribution of women at administration and management level in the sector. According to the RIA, the vision for this project is to set up a women in roofing management network, which will continue beyond the completion of the project and for years to come. Background The project began with a meeting between Livia Williams and Denise Cherry in June 2013, where they discussed the lack of training available specifically for women, and how they felt that what was available was not always “female friendly.” Denise recalls an incident whilst studying SMSTS where she was confronted by another learner, who said: “Look lady, when you make your money working on site – then you can tell me what to do!” This incident followed a suggestion by Denise during an exercise that the fuel store on the site not be placed near to a zebra crossing which led to a school! Whilst Denise took this in her stride, she believes that some women would prefer courses that are more accessible in terms of location, timing, content, delivery and, equally importantly, she believes that they should be in an environment that is comfortable and promotes learning for all. During their many interviews with roofing companies, Livia and Denise say they came across a general lack of awareness about where to find appropriate assistance and it was from there that the seed of a project developed. The team, which grew to include Lesley Hughes and Helen Wilson, who were also both roofing training 028 JULY 2014 RCIMAG.COM officers, requested assistance from CITB, through the Growth Fund and research was undertaken. Research Responses to the RIA’s research indicated that: − 81 % of the companies have under 50 employees − 84% of respondents would like to undertake further Management training − 75% of respondents would be interested in joining a network of other women working in roofing companies − A high number would be interested in a network group – probably due to the fact that most work from home or in a male dominated environment. The RIA says the research also provided lots of positive comments about visiting sites to get a better understanding of the work being undertaken. Results Of the responses received, the RIA says the most popular training was shown to be: − 59% Training Plans & Funding − 45% Core Management Skills − 45% Completing Tenders & PQQs − 45% HR Issues − 41% Health & Safety Management − 36% Environmental Awareness − 32% Surveying Roofs and Estimating − 32% Social Media − 32% Legal Updates Following lengthy negotiations with CITB, the RIA announced that funding was approved, and that the Women in Roof Management project will launch in Wales, the Midlands and the North of England in September 2014, with a brief to deliver 250 courses to 150 women, where 60% will benefit from mentoring and support from the team. About WiRM Women in Roof Management is a project, developed by Roofing Training Officers, delivered through the Roofing Industry Alliance and funded through CITB. The aim is to help women in management and administrative posts within companies to achieve their potential with regard to their roles within their companies. How does it work? WiRMs will launch in September 2014, offering an opportunity to learn more about the industry, support organisations, terminology, social media, and to hear about training opportunities delivered through the project. How do I get involved? Anyone wishing to join the project can visit www.wirm.org.uk and complete the registration form, or contact one of the team to arrange an in informal meeting to discuss individual training needs. What sort of training will be delivered? Courses will be arranged around the requirements of the group members and favoured courses so far include: Human Resources, Completing PQQs & Tender Documents, Training & Funding, Management Skills and Heritage Roofing. Mentoring will be offered throughout the programme. How much will it cost? The launch events will be free of charge* and subsequent training events will incur a small charge of around £25 per day* (depending on course / venue). *CITB in-scope companies Meet the team Lesley Hughes (centre left) will be based at the training office for the Wales National Roof Training Group and will be responsible for project management in Wales. The project in Wales with a launch date of 16 September 2014 Livia Williams (far right) will be responsible for the roll-out in the Midlands, where the project will be launched on September 17 2014. Denise Cherry (centre right) and Helen Wilson (far left) will work together on the launch in the North of England on September 18 2014. www.wirm.org.uk RCI talks to the Roofing Industry Alliance (RIA) about its new initiative to assist and further develop the role of women in administration and management roles within the sector Roofing Industry Alliance, Roofing House, 31 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2DY Mobile: 07931 708 038 Email: lwilliams@roofindustryalliance.co.uk


RCI JULY 2014
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