Roofing contractors SPV Group are taking its recruitment and training needs into its own hands by investing in a new training initiative at its premises in Walsall.
Students have just enrolled at the company’s newly-built, dedicated training hub for up to 20 school leavers. Here young people are training to gain a 24-week Level 1 Introduction to Construction, with roofing- and cladding-specific experience. On successful completion of the course, trainees also gain a CSCS card allowing them to work on construction sites.
Being delivered in conjunction with Juniper Training, SPV Group is providing students with an introduction to all aspects of roofing, including both pitched and flat. The students will spend two days a week in the classroom with theory and three days with SPV gaining practical experience.
Kate Whatley, SPV Group Commercial Director, explains the benefits of this employer-led training:
“Historically, SPV Group has suffered from the same recruitment problems as the wider roofing industry. Typically, young people and their parents have a poor perception of construction generally and roofing, with outdated stereotypes and a lack of awareness of the opportunities on offer. As an industry, we have to go out to young people and inform and engage with them. We have had tremendous interest from many other roofing and construction companies across the Midlands, and we hope to connect our students with a number of these firms over the next few months to provide more potential employment and training opportunities.”
SPV are keen to hone the project model with a view to it being scaled up and rolled out across other regions.