Roofers on the learning ladder

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Three young tradesmen from Sheffield roofing specialists, Martin-Brooks, are heading back to the classroom to convert what they learn on site into formal qualifications.

With help from the Construction Industry Training Board, the firm found courses for a trio of trainees in joinery, roof slating and tiling.

Jamie Heritage, aged 18, is embarking on a National Vocational Qualification level two in joinery at Sheffield College.

He is currently learning his trade alongside father, Roy, one of Martin-Brooks’ existing joiners, whose skills are a necessary element of work on loft conversions.

Jay Higgins and Alexander Fearn, both 21, are studying a slating and tiling apprenticeship at Leeds College of Building.

The two-year course will equip them with a NVQ level two small domestic repairs up to the installation of a new roof. Like Jamie, Jay is also learning his trade alongside father, Martin.

All three youngsters have worked at the firm for 12 months and will be given block release.