This two-year apprenticeship is ideal if you want to specialise in roofng and tiling.
Roofing careers rely on people with attention to detail, the ability to focus in a variety of weather conditions, and the courage to work in potentially dangerous environments. Think heady heights, carpentry, lead work, thatching, long days, exposure to the elements – and you’ll be on the right lines to understanding the intricacies of this career, that can offer an annual salary up to £24k.
If you choose the apprenticeship route you will be able to work, earn and learn from the start. Gaining invaluable real world experience, while gaining theoretical and advanced skills usually by attending college one day per week. If you are not ready to start working straight away, you may want to spend a year on a full-time Level 1 qualification first to build your confidence and skills, while finding an employer prepared to take you on for an apprenticeship.
Read about our apprentice’s success at national competitions here.
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You are a practical learner and are interested in a career in construction, roof slating and tiling. You may have already completed a full-time construction related qualification and choose to move on to this apprenticeship, or you can start this programme straight from school if you have a business willing to employ you throughout your training.
GCSEs in English and maths at a grade 3 or above. You must also have a work placement and complete a successful interview. We have excellent links with local roofing and building companies to assist you.
Studying with our award-winning teaching staff you will learn:
• how to work independently at your own pace
• essential industry health and safety through theory and practical sessions
• about different roof coverings and finishes
• to develop efficient work practices and how to move resources.
The skills you will learn one day a week at college include how to install plain tiles, how to install interlocking tiles to variable gauge and how to work with natural slates. Your practical learning will cover new builds and removal and repair of existing roofing materials. Your understanding of each element of the course will be assessed through a multiple choice question paper and a practical assignment.
You'll also cover essential health and safety best practice, how to work safely with electrical equipment and safe working at heights. You will also gain an understanding of the broader principles of construction, learning how the house underneath the roof you are building was put together and wider environmental impacts of construction.
Spending time in our purpose built workshops, being taught by award-winning tutors.
Many of our former apprentices have gone on to win national and international competition awards in roofing.
A career as a roofer earning up to £24k per year or on to a Level 3 qualification in construction trades.
Sam Blount Roof Slate & Tiling Level 2 Apprentice
After winning silver at last year's national WorldSkills UK roofing, slating and tiling final held at Birmingham NEC, Sam Blount from St Austell is looking to repeat his success for the second year running after winning the regional heat. Sam comes from a long line of Cornwall College roofing success stories including three gold and two silver medals over the past five years.
"Everyone at Cornwall College has been absolutely amazing throughout my course and taught me so much, and my employer Graham Barker has also been so supportive of me. I love the physicality and hard work of roofing. It makes me feel like I'm earning my money every day and it's always challenging me to improve. Having quality materials, like SIGA natural slates, to use every day has made such a big difference to my progress on the course. I even used the slates in the regional SkillBuild heat which I managed to get through again and now I'll be competing in the UK final of the competition at the Birmingham NEC."
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