Another excellent training course has been successfully completed at The National Construction Training Services (NCTS) centre at Hoddesdon.
The latest week-long training session in basic leadworking has received praise from the five delegates receiving instruction from highly skilled tutor Steve Sykes, himself a successful Dorset-based roofing company owner. They represent Fahey Roofing, D Cathesides, Skyline and Macwood Construction.
The five-day course begins with three days’ welding instruction and practical exercises, followed by bossing and on the final day, a lecture which incorporates the various methods of lead manufacture.
The final day also offers a 20-question examination which on successful completion, awards the delegates the Basic Competency Programme (BCP) qualification which is a step towards gaining the CSCS card.
Why is this course so popular? Steve said: “Basic leadworking is a useful additional skill for roofers to have, especially working on chimneys. It saves employers having to take on an additional leadworker to finish a slating or tiling job, so this course is perfect for them to send their roofers on.”
After their five days’ training, delegates are capable of going away and welding a chimney, and Steve says on-site practice makes perfect to gain confidence, experience and speed.
One of the five delegates on this course is Mark Barnes, who owns Macwood Construction. As an all-round builder he is keen to get more skills under his belt, even after 25 years’ experience in construction.
“Steve’s tuition here at NCTS is second to none – there’s nothing he doesn’t know about lead,” he said.
“The exercises are perfectly graded; they get progressively more difficult as the course continues. All the delegates are from different backgrounds and there is a shared camaraderie. The facilities are excellent and I’ll definitely be coming back for further training.”