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Zink COMPANY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk In a bid to address the roofing industry skills shortage, Bracknell Roofing has continued with its programme of investing in young people with the appointment of another apprentice. This takes the total number of apprentices and trainees to eight. The company, which employs more than 80 people, has appointed 18- year-old Harvey Jellyman as a contracts apprentice, based at its head office in Burton upon Trent. The vacancy was created after Angus Blair-Park completed his apprenticeship, and is now training to become a quantity surveyor. Sheffield roofing specialist, Martin- Brooks, is undertaking a fourth major project in 12 months for construction group, Bowmer and Kirkland. The firm’s heritage experts are reroofing St Vincent’s church on Solly Street in Sheffield’s city centre, as part of Bowmer and Kirkland’s transformation into a 574-bed student complex. Martin-Brooks says it is carrying out extensive timber truss replacement in the 19th century Roman Catholic church, before fully insulating and FEBRUARY 2018 Copper Stainless Divisional director, Simon Smith, believes that the investment model to bring young talent through via apprenticeships and trainee schemes is paying dividends for the company. They now account for a tenth of the company’s workforce. Simon said: “Our training model is really coming to fruition, and having a pipeline of talent not only serves to benefit our business in the future, but also sends out a strong signal to other young people that Bracknell Roofing can offer attractive career prospects in an industry that has real longevity. We have been impressed by Harvey’s enthusiasm and he is recovering it in new Spanish slates. Flat roofed areas and rainwater goods are also being replaced. Nick Brooks, a director at Martin- Brooks, said: “We have assisted Bowmer and Kirkland on a number of very large projects, and have established an excellent relationship with its team. This year has been particularly busy, but they know we have the capacity and expertise to tackle the most complex roofs and produce the highest quality finish.” All four of the Bowmer and Kirkland assignments that Martin-Brooks has 014 RCIMAG.COM showing early promise.” Harvey said: “I’m lucky to be working for one of the UK’s leading specialist roof slating and tiling contactors, which provides me with lots of opportunities to progress. “The team is great and I also get to work alongside Angus, a former apprentice who is training to be a quantity surveyor – so I get to see some of the things that entails as well.” Simon added: “There has been lots of debate in the roofing industry about the skills shortage, and there’s no doubt that it’s a real carried out this year have been within the education sector. They include newbuild student apartments in Coventry, and the conversion of a grade II listed engine shed into a students’ union facility for the University of Northampton. Martin-Brooks was also commissioned to lay 45,000 new Welsh slates at Upton Court Grammar School in Slough, as well as a liquid coating to flat roofed areas. Despite encountering production issues with the quarries supplying the slate, the work was completed with exceptional results. Martin-Brooks says it is now looking forward to starting a further project for Bowmer and Kirkland in Peterborough. www.martin-brooks.co.uk Martin-Brooks bags Bowmer and Kirkland quartet problem and needs addressing from the top down. “But we can’t wait forever, so we’ve approached it from the bottom up. We’re really pleased that it stands us in good stead to continue attracting candidates to secure the future of our business.” www.bracknellroofing.com Talent model boosts talent pipeline for Bracknell Roofing Three Suffolk-based companies donated their time and expertise to assist with the construction and fit out of a sensory cabin for children with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. Apex Roofing, Apex Scaffolding, and Bauder, in conjunction with other local companies, provided labour, scaffolding and materials free-of-charge after Thomas Wolsey School issued a plea for help when its grant applications were turned down. Jackie Biswell, director of Apex Roofing, said: “It was a privilege to step in and help bring this incredible facility to fruition. “This sensory cabin will bring a lot of joy to a lot of children. We were thrilled to be a part of its creation.” The project was headed up by ISG who approached Ipswich-based strategic supply chain partner, Bauder, to provide the waterproofing materials for the new roof. As an approved Bauder contractor, Apex Roofing Anglia was approached to provide the labour and sundry materials necessary to install a Bauderflex bituminous membrane roofing system to the new building. Apex Scaffolding Anglia provided an access staircase and scaffold edge protection around the perimeter to allow the works to be carried out in a safe manner. Andrew Leggett, area technical manager of Bauder, said: “We were happy to support this initiative by providing our products at no cost to the client. Our approved installers like Apex Roofing are the only people fully trained and certified to install our products, providing the necessary experience that our guarantee demands.” Teresa Snowling, business manager of Thomas Wolsey School, added: “The sensory cabin is an important part of our school’s development to help our pupils and local community who suffer from sensory impairment. “When our grant was turned down, we were at a loss, but thanks to the help of the contractors, local businesses and fundraisers, our vision has been realised.” Sensory cabin dream becomes a reality Left to right: Simon Smith and Harvey Jellyman The finished Thomas Wolsey cabin on open day


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