A new skills academy for apprentices has been launched in Brechin by a leading roofing and roof-integrated solar contractor.
Forster Roofing opened The Forster Academy last month. It delivers a Modern Apprenticeship qualification in roofing, designed specifically for new-build housing.
The two year integrated training programme supported by the Construction Industry Training Board and the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council, combines on the job structured learning with contextualised off-site training.
Forst Group chairman, John Forster, said: “We are directly addressing the acute skills shortage in the construction industry by recruiting new entrants, up-skilling and qualifying our existing workforce.
“We recognise that our future success is dependent on investing in the skills of both our current and potential future employees.
“Next month we will be celebrating 25 years of delivering our roofing service to the Scottish house build market, and we see our new Skills Academy as a key part of our future.”
Forster Human Resources Director Maureen Douglas added: “We are committed to taking on 24 apprentices over the next four years and are also preparing to launch a new specialist up-skilling programme which will re-qualify our entire workforce of 80 roofers to the ‘Forster Standard’.”
Forster trainer Lindsay Kemp commented: “This new programme provides a fantastic opportunity for young people, equipping them with the necessary skills to make a successful career in roofing.
“I’m really enjoying the opportunity to train the next generation, driving forward industry quality and safety standards.”
Committed to excellence, Forster continues to lead the way in driving up standards of best practice in roofing.
Construction Director Neil McIvor said: “We are currently developing our own ‘Forster Standard’. By wrapping up all the various industry standards and best practices into a single document, we’ll establish a benchmark for all our roofs and provide the quality standard for our industry.”