Roofing specialists SPV Group say they will continue to look to bring through two to three apprenticeships each year.
The Aldridge-based firm says by doing this for the past 10 years they no longer have an ageing workforce and have a young and dynamic staff “who grow with the business.”
SPV apprentice Cameron Horton, who is currently on a Level 2 roofer and waterproof membrane course through Juniper Training, has spoken of his apprenticeship.
He said: “I considered a career in construction because when I was younger my dad used to teach me a little about roofing as he is a roofer.
“My dad guided me down the path of going into roofing as he has done it for many years and has helped me understand a lot of things that are useful.
“The things I like about my apprenticeship are that I get to travel the country and learn loads of different things. It makes me a better roofer.
“I get to see loads of different roof systems and one day I will be able to install them. In five years, I see myself as a fully-qualified roofer who will be able to install all systems to do with waterproofing. I eventually see myself with my own van and gang to carry on doing what we do best.”
He has learned how to install a two-layer system and a recovery board system and says that finding out about the importance of team work has also been a key factor.
SPV Group says it invested in an apprenticeship programme because, as roofing contractors, it was well aware of the current skills shortage and the difficulties in attracting new entrants to the industry.
SPV has recently created a new training hub to assist with this and encourage more young people to consider a career in construction.
The company says roofing offers a fantastic long-term career and is well paid with excellent career progression opportunities.