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RCI May 2014

TRAINING INSTITUTE OF ROOFING Management qualifications for the roofing industry THE UK’S NO1 SOLUTION TO STOP GUTTERS LEAKING IN THE LAST WE HAVE SUPPLIED ENOUGH GUTTERLINE TO STRETCH FROM LANDS END CALL TODAY 01298 812371 032 MAY 2014 RCIMAG.COM By Mike Long, operations director at the Institute of Roofing (IoR) My last article in the RCI March edition reflected the need for training at all levels to attend to quality issues. This article looks at the training that’s available and how competence is measured. The Institute of Roofing has an exam structure that relates to the Licentiate and Associate membership which I would say is quite demanding, covering a wide range of issues and it includes a three paper written exam that takes five hours to complete, usually preceded by a course that can be as long as 18 days. Exams are not everyone’s cup of tea but they certainly test the knowledge, and in my view those passing them are worthy of the status conferred upon them. Of course experience should be included in a CV as without it, qualification can be difficult, but it is also true that experience of bad practice is worse than no experience at all. How can competency be measured if no exams or tests are used? You may say attending courses provided by manufacturers or comparable general construction courses are sufficient. But are they? our industry is awash with different systems and types of roofs. On top of this not everyone works on the technical side of the industry, we have marketing, sales, surveyors, administration and accounts staff to mention just some. All of these people contribute to the finished article and will benefit from tailored training and a formal qualification. One important factor that must not be overlooked is the need for good leadership and the management of teams and individuals, as well as robust procedures for reporting and recording events and an audit trail. Many people doing many jobs using disjointed and unworkable systems make companies vulnerable to exploitation from internal and external sources. A trained and qualified workforce will no doubt reduce this vulnerability; so back to the beginning. How can we be sure that the right training is given to the right staff, and how can they identify what is necessary to fill gaps in knowledge that once filled, will provide the opportunity to take the next step up the career ladder? The Institute of Roofing has been working with NFRC to develop a system that uses Competency levels broadly in line with current IOR grades, but also introduces qualifications from other bodies such as CITB, CIC, City & Guilds, NEBOSH and Institute of Leadership and Management. Mike Long Hon FIoR, AIIRSM, Tech IOSH, operations director IoR This follows pilot programmes that have been running in conjunction with regional roof training groups where various courses have been applied. It is hoped that funding will be available to develop a further set of pilots that start with a leadership module that is a mixture of course and assignment based activity which will be available at levels 3,5 & 7. This will be supplemented by a choice of wide ranging modules from specific industry through centres that will provide the roofing related training required by various means including distance learning and CPD. Some information is currently available, but much more work will be required to complete this process which will eventually provide a pan industry set of qualifications, recognised by all. In advance of these proposals the IoR has been working on the formation of distance learning modules to support existing courses, and is very grateful to the Trustees of the NFRC Education & Charities Committee for providing a grant that will allow this work to continue. The IoR provides a robust syllabus and knowledge requirements that lead to exams at Licentiate and Associate level. Courses leading to these exams are delivered by selected training organisations in various parts of the country. For further information contact Mike Long at the IoR: mikelong@instituteofroofing.org. YEARS JOHN O’GROATS TRIED TESTED TRUSTED www.hdsharman.co.uk TO


RCI May 2014
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