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Roofers given boost up the career ladder; TOP TEAM: Workers gain college qualifications without having to leave their sites.

A GROUP of roofers are on a high after gaining qualifications - some of them following 20 years in the business.

KAD Ltd, a family-run roofing business of 40 years, contacted Warwickshire College's business enterprise support team who can tailor training schemes to fit different requirements.

They came up with a qualification which the firm's staff have piloted - the Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Roofing Occupations: Slating and Tiling.

KAD, of Dongan Road, Warwick, has six roofers who have now completed the qualification which will hopefully lead to them gaining Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cardholder status, a construction industry requirement. Another staff member is also going to start the course.

The NVQ was completed via On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) which has meant the workmen have not had to leave the construction site and interrupt a busy work schedule.

Nicholas Day, managing director of KAD, which does all sorts of work from new builds to restoring listed buildings, said: "They have got the certification to prove they are skilled now.

"The college has taken them through without any hitches whatsoever. I am very impressed - it's very good."

Some members of the KAD team already had City and Guilds qualifications, but those who took the Level 2 NVQ are those who had trained on sites, and several of them had been working as roofers for many years.

As well as helping them get CSCS cardholder status, having a qualification will help them with any future jobs.

One of the men who has done the course, Chris Pinfold, said: "I have done the job for 20 years and now I have done a course in it!

"We thoroughly enjoyed it actually."

The business enterprise support team can carry out assessments for Train to Gain courses, which are run in the workplace and are in many cases free, and can also come up with individual training solutions for firms.

For further details contact Krishna Parekh on 01926 884919.

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NEW STATUS...The KAD workers (front, from left) Paul Bishop, Martin Heath, Chris Pinfold; (back) Mick Griggs, Cliff Pinfold, Oliver Griggs and Chris Burroughs.
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