So far this year – our 50th year of operation – business has been so brisk that we can hardly keep up; the time has come to get more hands on deck and expand our roofing team! Fortunately we’ve got plenty of room and all the facilities we need to accommodate some extra team members at our smart new yard in Trispen, Truro.
We’re on a recruitment drive and the most pressing need is for an experienced felt fixer. We’ve also decided to take on an apprentice – a move I’m particularly pleased about for several reasons, not least of which being that it’s a fact that investing in a young person doesn’t only help him or her, but also helps to future-proof our business and the roofing trade in general.
I’ll return to the question of apprenticeships shortly – first let me expand on our need for a felt fixer:
We’re offering …
A secure, full-time job with our established and well-trusted flat-roofing firm. Salary is negotiable and dependent on experience.
You’ll mainly be working at applying one of the four different roofing systems we use on our projects – the Garland system, Signature system, Technatorch or Anderson glass fibre system – on contracts throughout Cornwall.
We’re looking for …
A friendly, confident person who fits our company ethos, which means dedicated with a professional attitude. We need someone with enough experience to be able to work on their own, fixing torch-on felt, but at the same time open to taking instruction when necessary and expanding their skills. A driving licence is also a must because you will need to get behind the wheel of one of our smart white vans
A bit of experience in other aspects of roofing, like slating and tiling, would be useful, but not essential.
If you think you – or someone you know – has the qualities we’re looking for, email a CV in to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get in touch.
We’re also accepting CVs from prospective young apprentices who would like to get a head start in the roofing business.
Ideally by offering an apprenticeship we are hoping to mentor and help train a young person who will stick around and work with us for many years to come, like I did with my father. In our business the best way to learn is on the job.
There are some criteria that make candidates suitable, such as:
- A head for heights
- Not being afraid to do physically demanding work outdoors in all weathers.
- A basic grasp of building plans.
- Good maths skills to work out areas, quantities, prices and so on.
- Enjoyment of and a talent for handiwork and construction.
If you want to know more about what you’ll do as a flat roofing apprentice take a look at the National Careers Service website.
If you’re 16 or over, not in full time education and think a life on the rooftops of Cornwall would suit you, send us your CV as a first step, and then we can get together and discuss your prospects.