With the roofing industry facing an ever-growing skills gap, it's always positive news when up and coming young roofers succeed and achieve. We're proud to report that Tyler Pedrick, an apprentice at our Avonside Braintree Residential Roofing branch, was crowned Apprentice of the Year 2019 in Eastern Region Roof Training Group Ltd's awards! A huge congratulations to Tyler [pictured below]!
Olivia Gilbert from Eastern Region Roof Training Group said:
"We are so pleased that this year’s apprentice of the year is Tyler Pedrick. It was an easy choice, he is a pleasure to teach, always hard working with excellent attendance and punctuality. He continues to impress us with his attitude to learning and maturity.
“We feel that Tyler has a very bright future."
We're also hugely proud of Ross Brazitis [pictured below], an apprentice at our Colchester Residential Roofing branch, who scooped the Best Newcomer award.
Eastern Region Roof Training Group Ltd recently carried out team building activities, talks about the important role apprenticeships play and held an exciting awards ceremony to mark the hard work of promising apprentices who have stood out and to get involved in National Apprenticeship Week.
Running from the 4th - 8th March, National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration (and now a social media movement) that unites employees and apprentices in recognising the powerful impact that apprenticeships can have on people and work places.
Since its inception in 2001 to help provide local cost-effective training to all types and sizes of roofing companies located in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northampton, the Eastern Region Roof Training Group has built strong relationships with established local colleges, schools and ConstructionSkills.
At Avonside, we are strong advocates in apprenticeships, recruiting 50 apprentices last year alone as we believe in bringing the best quality of people into our business. As Eddie Stanton, our Flat Roofing Divisional Director said in his interview with RCI Magazine in January:
"To help tackle the skills shortage issue, I think we (individual companies and industry representatives) need to go into schools and speak directly to students about promoting the opportunities and routes to progression that are available within the roofing sector.
"Ultimately, I think we have to sell youngsters a career, rather than a job."
In our opinion, the news about Tyler and Ross' awards couldn't have ended National Apprenticeship Week on a higher note!