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The UK’s largest roofing trade association has urged homeowners to employ affiliated roofers after research found the sector was plagued by fear of rogue traders.
The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) spoke out after a Which? survey of householders found only half thought roofers were trustworthy
Poor workmanship and “being taken for a ride” were labelled top concerns with 46% worried they would get “ripped off”.
Plumbers, carpenters and electricians were considered the most trustworthy with builders joining roofers at the bottom of the table.
James Talman, CEO from the NFRC said: “Roofers without the correct qualifications, proficiencies and dedication to quality and care do a disservice to the many true professionals within our industry.
“Finding roofers who have the necessary skills and expertise to carry out work safely and according to best practice has long been an issue in our industry and one we have been working hard to resolve.”
In November NFRC launched an industry-wide accreditation to protect and support the growth of the sector now and in the future.
This accreditation is the result of collaboration between the National Federation of Roofing Contractors and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and aims to improve efficiency, upskill the workforce and encourage the use of new technology.
NFRC also runs the Competent Roofer scheme, a government-authorised scheme which allows roofers to self-certify roof refurbishment work as compliant with Building Regulations in England and Wales.
James said: “Our advice to anyone searching for a roofer would be to avoid relying on review sites and don’t get sucked into saving the pennies with an unaffiliated individual.
“Instead search for roofers linked to trade federations like ours.
“Our members are subject to rigorous checks of their work, technical competency, skills and training.
Through this membership requirement they can clearly demonstrate their technical knowledge to competently carry out the work. They come with a seal of approval which is much greater than an anonymous review online.”
To find an NFRC member visit https://www.nfrc.co.uk/search-members
Read this artivle on the Roofing Times web site.
Local young Roofer to compete on national stage
Dylan Faber Roofing Limited of Stalbridge in Dorset are pleased to announce that employee Lee Dowding from Stalbridge has qualified for the SkillBuild Young Roofer of the year UK Final, taking place on the 17th-19th November, at NEC Birmingham.
From April to July, roofing apprentices from around the UK demonstrated their skills at regional heats to gain a place at this year’s SkillBuild Final, taking place on the 17th-19th November, at NEC Birmingham.
The competition, organised by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), saw fifty-five competitors taking part in one of eight heats, which were overseen by three judges, who’s vast experience of roofing competitions range from a past SkillBuild winner to a recognised mentor for the international competition: World Championship for Young Roofers.
NFRC are pleased to announce that the following eight young roofers, who secured highest marks from across all the regional heats, will be heading to the final:
- Andrew Emerton – Emerton Roofing (Western) Ltd
- Harry Hillam – Thompson – Timby Traditional Roofing
- Harry Pennock – J Chillingsworth Roofing Contractor
- Lee Dowding – Dylan Faber Roofing Ltd
- Liam Watson – West Country Tiling Co
- Sam Blount Graham – Barker Roofing Services
- Tom Knight – Wheeler Roofing Services Limited
- William Emerton – Emerton Roofing (Western) Ltd
Looking ahead to the final Dylan Faber (managing Director of Faber Roofing) said;
“We are looking forward to this year’s final, where the best roof slating and tiling apprentices across the UK will be going head to head, to deliver the highest level of skill to claim the Gold Medal and to secure a coveted place in the UK Team for the Young Roofer World competition (IFD).”
“Over the years, NFRC has taken a leading role in organising the national SkillBuild roofing competition and working closely with roofing colleges, employers, Supplier manufacturing members and CITB. We have seen an immense value in encouraging and showcasing our best young talent and creating role models to inspire the next generation.”
“The Skills Show is, therefore, a great opportunity for the roofing industry, with the support from the regional roof training groups, in engaging with school leavers, and their parents, in helping to address industry image, recruitment of new entrants and promoting careers in roofing.”
Throughout the heats, and for the final, special thanks must go to the three NFRC Supplier Members who have kindly provided materials; John Brash & Co. Limited, Klober Ltd and Wienerberger Ltd.
Dylan Faber Roofing Limited wishes all competitors the very best of luck for the final. Those interested in supporting the competitors, and to gain a better understanding of the competition, can book free tickets at www.worldskillsuk.org.
Dylan Faber Roofing Ltd acquires NFRC Competent Roofer Status
We are proud to announce that we have been accreditted to the new CompetentRoofer Scheme led by the NFRC.
CompetentRoofer is the prime Government-approved scheme for England and Wales that legally allows professional roofing contractors to self-certify for Building Regulations for refurbishment roofing work. This encompasses all roofing types for domestic, industrial and commercial properties and the scheme is open to all roofing contractors to apply. However only those with the skills and standing to provide a competant service will be certified.
For more information about the scheme visit competentroofer.co.uk
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