New apprentices at energy firm

Chris Hopkins and his team at Ploughcroft
Chris Hopkins and his team at Ploughcroft

Brighouse-based energy efficiency firm Ploughcroft has launched the UK’s first Eco-Roof apprenticeship scheme.

Launched to coincide with the release of A-Level results, the 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 on-the-job training and classroom-based learning which will cover traditional roofing, as well as a wide range of construction techniques.

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.

“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 fast-growing industry.”