Do we have enough suitably skilled staff to meet the demand for good quality green roofing in the UK?
I often mention that green roofing has moved from a niche, innovative technology to more of a mainstream requirement in modern construction. It will soon be expected of most construction professionals in a relevant field to handle different types of green roof to a decent standard, and recent landscape architecture graduates are often already up to date with technologies like green roofing.
To keep up with the industry, companies must have staff that can complete work to a sufficient standard to impress clients and maintain a good reputation, and also minimise the risks of costly failures and replacements.
For designers and architects the tried and trusted CPD seminar works well. Different companies explain the advantages of their own system and how to specify correctly, so that designers have the choice of which system they think is appropriate. At GreenSky we also point out independent guidelines (GRO) and demonstrate interactive web tools to encourage creativity and confidence.
We offer a similar introductory meeting to any installers interested in learning about our system, or wanting answers to some basic questions before spending money on training.
Anyone interested in getting practical, hands on experience can attend a day training course at a very reasonable price, or alternatively have a days’ introduction to green roofing principles without the practical element.
For those that are serious about getting their staff trained and proving proficiency to larger clients, the Level 2 and 3 qualifications now offered by Central Nottingham College are designed for European accreditation http://greenroofcourse.com/our-aims/.
It may have taken a while to meet the demand, but we’re on the way to having a sensible training infrastructure for green roofing – now we just need people to use it!