They say that in any industry, people are the most valuable asset that a company can have. Indeed, the most successful companies tend to be those that have fully trained staff and an operative workforce, and roofing is no different.
Training is vital if you want to stay ahead of the game. Aside from widening your knowledge and skills base, and resolving any technical hiccups along the way, training can add value to your business and open up new growth opportunities. It can also help increase your chances of winning more work and more varied jobs in the future, not to mention boosting your bottom line and job satisfaction too.
Of course, we all know that in the world of roofing, time means money, and whether you are a one-man band, or a larger operation with several employees, loss of earnings is a serious consideration when deciding whether to down tools to attend training courses. So, does it really pay to invest in training?
Absolutely! With endless changes to British Standards and the growing popularity of practices such as BIM, you can’t afford to lose track of all the developments in roofing. Investing in training means that that you and your workforce will always meet the technical standards required by the industry, and it will help reduce the risk of defects and any disputes that may arise due to poor workmanship.
Not all training costs. If you’re a member of NFRC, many training resources come free or are available at reduced rates. Enjoy a fast pass to all the latest news and developments, as well as access to our many and varied Technical Bulletins, and extensive workshops and training sessions. For those who are keen on attending course, there is also an extensive list of training resources open to NFRC members.
You might also want to consider attending local and regional ‘drop in’ training sessions that are held at local distributor branches. Alternatively, check out some of the roofing manufacturers that are becoming involved in a pilot scheme for the newly launched Basic Competency Programme (BCP)*. This latest programme will enable you to upskill and to obtain a Blue ‘Skilled Worker’ CSCS card, with valuable ‘credits’ towards an NVQ.
Training and the development of skills are vital requirements for competence for your customers, your business and CompetentRoofer. And, with much savvier customers to deal with, it’s clear that investing in training is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity. Standing still is never a good option in business, so what are you waiting for?
* To find out what manufacturers are participating in BCP contact the following trade associations:
- Liquid Roofing BCP – Liquid Roofing Waterproofing Association (LRWA) – Chris Bussens firstname.lastname@example.org
- Single Ply Roofing BCP – Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) – Gary Warpole email@example.com
- Roof Tiling // Sheeting & Cladding BCP – National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) – firstname.lastname@example.org