UK’s first eco-roof apprenticeship launched by innovative Brighouse firm

Brighouse-based energy efficiency specialist, Ploughcroft, has announced the launch of the UK’s first Eco-Roof apprenticeship scheme.

Launched to coincide with A-Level results coming out, the innovative firm has designed the pioneering scheme to provide apprentices with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the fast-growing energy efficiency industry.

As part of a two-year apprenticeship, the course will offer a mix of on-the-job training and classroom-based learning which will cover traditional roofing, as well as a wide range of cutting-edge, energy-efficient construction techniques required to meet the needs of this fast-growing eco construction sector.

Successful apprentices will undertake a foundation slating and tiling course through the long-established Leeds College of Building, while Ploughcroft will deliver the Eco-Roof element of the course on-site, teaching heat loss, U-values and thermal efficiencies.

Chris Hopkins, managing director at Ploughcroft, said:

“Over the past 12 months we have seen a rapid growth in our Eco-Roof business as energy prices continue to rise and customers become increasingly clued-up when it comes to greener living and the impact it can have on their energy bills.

“We are now in the position where we need to expand the team to cope with this demand.

“There was no existing apprenticeship scheme in place that covered the type of specialist work we carry out, so we’ve created our own using my professional teaching and roofing assessor qualifications.

“It is a national first and will offer students a unique opportunity to really get under the skin of our industry, which is fast-growing, dynamic and exciting.

“Today’s apprentices are the people who will drive the energy efficiency industry forward in years to come, and as such, we’re very keen to nurture such grass-roots talent.”

Ploughcroft is initially seeking two graduates from next month, with plans to broaden the scheme in 2015.

To find out more about Eco-Roof or the apprenticeship scheme, visit

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