< pleasure to see a project complete,
especially when you had to overcome
problems to get it to that stage.
One of the biggest highlights of my
career came from working on the roof
of a famous lady’s house in Notting
Hill. Two years after I’d completed the
job, I ran into her in the street and she
recognised me. She explained that there
was a roof on the other side of the house
that she was having problems with. I
fi xed her roof and she was so happy with
my work that she recommended me to a
neighbour and someone else too.
From bumping into her, I ended up
taking on a chain of different projects.
One thing I really loved about roofi ng
was building relationships with people
through good work. It was lovely to be
“One thing I really loved
about roofi ng was building
relationships with people
through good work. It was
lovely to be remembered
and recommended for the
quality of my workmanship”
Nowadays no one wants to pay anyone
a decent wage until they’re trained, and
people can’t train if they can’t afford to
live on the wages that are being offered.
It’s a real vicious circle that needs to
be addressed. I hope that in time this
changes so that roofi ng becomes a more
accessible and desirable career.
To those of you just starting out in
roofi ng, learn the game and keep at it!
It may be diffi cult to start with, but it
pays off to train in the long run. Once
qualifi ed you’ll receive a good wage –
on mine I’ve always been able to afford
the lifestyle I want. It’s a good, secure
career to have, as buildings are always
going to need roofs and so there will
always be a need for roofers. Plus, you’ll
be part of a rewarding profession – one
that I well and truly have loved for my
entire working life!
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remembered and recommended for the
quality of my workmanship.
Quality workmanship always needs to
be upheld in the industry, and in order
to do that the necessary skills must be
passed on to the next generation.
Something that really has struck me
in recent years is a lack of young roofers.
It seems the industry is failing to attract
youngsters, and I’m not surprised given
the low wages of apprenticeships these
days. This is a far cry from when I fi rst
started as a roofer on £10 a week.
It might sound like pocket money
now, but it was a really high wage at the
time – almost double the amount my
peers were being paid.
fi eld manager
at Sika Roofi ng
who is being
with the fi rst
Sarnafi l trained
in the UK
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