Peter Manning, Marketing Manager for Roofing at Sika Limited explains…
With the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) forecasting that one million new homes will be built over the next five years, combined with the expectation that 400,000 construction workers will retire over the next 10 years, it’s time for suppliers to look at how well equipped the construction industry is for such growth.
At Sika, we have always dedicated ourselves to providing contractors with the most up-to-date application training to ensure the quality workmanship you would expect from Sika Roofing.
To help ensure our customers that they are getting the best products installed by the best people, we launched the Basic Competency Programme (BCP) in October 2015.
What is the Basic Competency Programme?
The BCP helps to bridge the gap between the basic labourer card and a blue ‘Skilled Worker’ card.
This accreditation allows all trainees to apply for a red ‘Experienced Worker’ CSCS card which is valid for 3 years, allowing the trainee time to study for their NVQ whilst gaining vital on site experience.
Sika have launched the programme with the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association and the Single Ply Roofing Association, which marks the first time that manufacturers’ training has been officially recognised and seen to satisfy the requirements of a red ‘Experienced Worker’ CSCS card.
The CSCS scheme requires industry-wide backing to deliver the extra training required to upskill the workforce and uphold its reputation. Manufacturers such as ourselves, are essential to this process, and as experienced training providers we wanted to invest in and support those in the roofing industry to reach their potential.
Ian Muddiman, Head of Applications at Sika, said:
“Thanks to the comprehensive nature of the training at Sika, our single ply course already covers all of the areas required to achieve a BCP certificate, and our liquid membrane course only requires a one day supplement. This is testament to the quality of our offering.
“Our training courses are designed to ensure that contractors understand the requirements of working on our roofing systems, combining a mixture of theory, demonstrations, videos and practical application work. This benefits not only those who get accredited by us, but also the clients and end users of construction projects, especially when it comes to health and safety. ”
The team across our three roofing brands, Sika Sarnafil, Sika Liquid Plastics and Sika Trocal, all believe that CSCS cards are extremely important as it ensures that construction workers are kept up-to-date with the latest application techniques, so we wanted to develop a programme that complimented the existing schemes whilst encouraging more young people to consider a career in the construction industry.
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