New ap­pren­tices at en­ergy firm

Halifax Courier - - Business - By Tom Scargill

Brig­house-based en­ergy ef­fi­ciency firm Ploughcroft has launched the UK’s first EcoRoof ap­pren­tice­ship scheme.

Launched to co­in­cide with the re­lease of A-Level re­sults, the firm has de­signed the pi­o­neer­ing scheme to pro­vide ap­pren­tices with the skills and knowl­edge required to suc­ceed in the fast-grow­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in­dus­try.

As part of a two-year ap­pren­tice­ship, the course will of­fer on-the-job train­ing and class­room- based learn­ing which will cover tra­di­tional roof­ing, as well as a wide range of con­struc­tion tech­niques.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pren­tices will un­der­take a foun­da­tion slat­ing and tiling course through the long-es­tab­lished Leeds Col­lege of Build­ing, while Ploughcroft will de­liver the Eco-Roof el­e­ment of the course on-site, teach­ing heat loss, U-val­ues and ther­mal ef­fi­cien­cies.

Chris Hop­kins, man­ag­ing direc­tor at Ploughcroft, said: “Over the past 12 months we have seen a rapid growth in our Eco-Roof busi­ness as en­ergy prices con­tinue to rise and cus­tomers be­come in­creas- in­gly clued-up when it comes to greener liv­ing.

“We are now in the po­si­tion where we need to ex­pand the team to cope with this de­mand. There was no ex­ist­ing ap­pren­tice­ship scheme in place that cov­ered the type of spe­cial­ist work we carry out, so we’ve cre­ated our own us­ing my pro­fes­sional teach­ing and roof­ing as­ses­sor qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“It is a na­tional first and will of­fer stu­dents a unique op­por­tu­nity to re­ally get un­der the skin of our fast-grow­ing in­dus­try.”

CHRIS HOP­KINS and his team at Ploughcroft

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