Apprentices to bring energy to eco-specialists

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

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 firm has designed the 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.

Chris Hopkins, managing director at Ploughcroft, said: “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.”