Groundbreaking roofing college opened in Dispatch district

ROOFING LESSON for MP Graham Allen (left) from apprentice Kurtis Newbury, of Bulwell, watched by J.Wright Roofing company chief Jason Wright

ROOFING LESSON for MP Graham Allen (left) from apprentice Kurtis Newbury, of Bulwell, watched by J.Wright Roofing company chief Jason Wright

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THE FIRST-ever dedicated roofing college in the East Midlands hit the heights when it was officially opened in Bulwell by the town’s Labour MP, Graham Allen.

The innovative East Midlands Roofing College (EMRC) is based on Dabell Avenue on the Blenheim Industrial Estate.

It is the brainchild of Jason Wright, managing director of J.Wright Roofing, which has its base in front of the college.

The venture has received massive support from educators and roofing firms and is already training 11 apprentices.

The college has lofty ambitions and next month, it will welcome another dozen young people to teach them roofing skills that will be a stepping stone to a prosperous career

At the opening, Mr Allen said: “I would do anything to have more people like Jason Wright across Bulwell. This college is the result of lots of hard work from a leader like Jason.

“This college will give more young people the right start to their careers. It will give them more opportunities to become qualified in the roofing sector. We need these skills for the future.”

Mr Wright came up with the idea for the college because he was frustrated that his own young apprentices were having to travel as far afield as Birmingham for tuition.

He said: “It has taken three years to get to where we are. We have had a great start but we need the support of local roofing and construction companies to send apprentices here for training.”

The college has struck a partnership with Bulwell Academy and will also offer work experience to students.