SPV Training centre Update

SPV have been delighted to welcome back both our off the job week Apprentices and Building Pathways students in July 2020 in line with our COVID risk assessment

Building Futures

Our Building Futures students have been engaging virtually throughout Covid and have remained on programme to finish the course.

It has been lovely to hear how the course has helped students Mental Health during Covid -19 and many have commented that the constant online engagement with their Tutor has kept them focused during lockdown Having missed the practical element of the course considerably during Covid- they are now working 4 days a week at SPV to make up the practical elements and learn all of the different areas of roofing. This week they have tried slating for the first time with a number of the students engaging extremely well in this area with the impetus to progress this further into an apprenticeship.

Disappointingly, they have not had the opportunity of manufacturer visits, talks and training which all add so much value to the Course, but despite this the Students are all still engaged, on target to complete and progress into the Industry. All were complete beginners and are already showcasing excellent workmanship as future Roofers!

One student drew Commented;

“I was struggling with some personal issued over lockdown and I was very grateful that SPV and Juniper stuck by me and gave me additional support to deal with my home life and college work so I didn’t fall behind.

The theory side of the course can be a little overwhelming at times however the practical side outweigh this.

I would tell the next group of students due to start shortly to stick at it and complete the course as it will be worth it in the end. This course has completely changed my perspective on roofing and has given me the knowledge I need to make it my career”

Another student Alex commented;

“I spent 2 years at college studying electrical installation and didn’t get any practical experience and having completed the 24 week Construction pathway course, I feel I now know far more about roofing than I do electrics. This is an extremely enjoyable and informative course.“

Apprentices

Similarly, our 10 Apprentices currently on programme who are all studying waterproofing and slating and tiling have all also engaged well during Covid remotely and online and we are delighted to report that all are still on target and in employment with their previous employers.

Furthermore, our Building Futures Workshop and rear warehouse unit has had an extension to the practical and classroom facilities to accommodate our Roofer Apprentices and they have some fantastic new rigs to work on in the coming months.

This week they have been learning about insulation and have had the opportunity to supply and fix a built up felt roofing system on our purpose built rigs in the SPV Training centre.

Training Academy

As roofing contractors, SPV are well aware of the current skills shortage in the difficulties in attracting new entrants to our industry. SPV have recently created a new Training Hub to look to assist with this and encourage more young people to consider a career in construction

Everyone in the industry knows that roofing offers a fantastic long-term career. It’s well paid, it offers excellent career progression opportunities for those who are keen and competent, allows for the ability to move between other trades, it offers an opportunity to travel the country as well as many other perks.

The CIOB has quoted that the construction Industry needs 157,000 new recruits by 2021 to keep up with demand but currently the rate of recruitment into the sector is far lower than the retirement rate within the sector. With the industry now experiencing rates of growth, particularly in house-building, this is putting further strain on an industry which has already been facing skills shortages.

Attracting and developing young blood is key to the long term success of roofing companies. Apprentices bring enthusiasm, energy and fresh ideas to a business to help contribute to its development and success.

However, both recruiting and developing apprentices is not an easy process. Poor perception of the industry, outdated stereotypes and a lack of awareness of the opportunities within the sector have held our industry back for years.

The only way to change this is through engaging with young people and those outside the industry.

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Training at the SPV Training centre

What have SPV done?

With this in mind, SPV have partnered with Juniper Training to offer a free bespoke offer that will equip young people aged 16-18 with everything they need to be Construction site ready to progress into employment or onto an apprenticeship.

The course will be delivered half from our purpose built workshop in Walsall which has been created to offer a safe and controlled environment and half from the Juniper Training centre in Walsall.

“Upon completion students will have gained a CSCS Card, Level 1 Introduction to Construction, Manual Handling, Fire safety, Asbestos Awareness and Manual Handling Training as well as hands on industry specific practical training in all areas of the roofing industry. Where needed, students can also do GCSE retakes and/or English and maths Functional Skills qualifications.”

Learners will complete the 24 week course competent in all aspects of roofing, ready and able to work in the construction industry.

Throughout the course potential employers are connected with the learners in the expectation that they then progress into employment in the industry.

This is our main objective and as such we will be working closely with local roofing companies to introduce them to our new trainees and we have assurances that many companies will welcome the opportunity to employ people who have a sound basic knowledge of all areas of roofing.

The Training Hub officially opened to students in August 2019 and our second intake of students will start in February 2020

If you are interested in this new venture or would like more information about this, please contact SPV on 01922 749 511 or Juniper Training on 01922 645 666.

Our Results

How many students progress to apprenticeships

72% Progress to employment
28% Chose another path

How many students are currently on the programme

34 Students Currently enrolled

“Upon completion students will have gained a CSCS Card, Level 1 Introduction to Construction, Manual Handling, Fire safety, Asbestos Awareness and Manual Handling Training as well as hands on industry specific practical training in all areas of the roofing industry. Where needed, students can also do GCSE retakes and/or English and maths Functional Skills qualifications.”

Skills

What skills do our students learn during our training program?

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Roofing

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Slating & Tiling

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Cladding

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Student Testimonials

What do our trainees think of the training course?

“Practical work at SPV is gong better than I expected- I wasn’t sure if I would know what to do but I have found what I am good at and I like working as a team”

“I was struggling with some personal issued over lockdown and I was very grateful that SPV and Juniper stuck by me and gave me additional support to deal with my home life and college work so I didn’t fall behind. The theory side of the course can be a little overwhelming at times however the practical side outweigh this.

I would tell the next group of students due to start shortly to stick at it and complete the course as it will be worth it in the end. This course has completely changed my perspective on roofing and has given me the knowledge I need to make it my career”

“I feel that on this course the practical aspect is very engaging. I am looking forward to carrying on with the practical training and furthering my skills in this trade”

“I spent 2 years at college studying electrical installation and didn’t get any practical experience and having completed the 24 week Construction pathway course, I feel I now know far more about roofing than I do electrics. This is an extremely enjoyable and informative course.”

“I have found the course very good and it is definitely something I want to do in the future”

“So far I am enjoying the course and what we have been doing. I enjoy the practical work and am looking forward to learning the different roofing styles and techniques such a tiling.”

“I am finding the course very good and I am enjoying doing roofing. I feel confident doing the different types of roofing. I am also improving my maths to help me on my apprenticeship at the end of the course”

“The course is really interesting. I like doing the Roofing part. I like the practical parts of the course and i feel like I’ve found something I am good at.”

Collaboration within the industry

Some of the fantastic partner organisations helping the training department

Companies assisting SPV with the Training facility

Gallery

Click on an image to find out what our trainees get up to during the training.

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