He’s a busy man, but we finally managed to catch up with Tony Field, owner and managing director of TRAA Roofing. TRAA is a roofing subcontractor based in Runcorn.
We’re supporting Tony and his workforce with onsite NVQ assessment in Waterproof Membrane Roofing Systems.
We spoke to Tony on the phone to gain some feedback on our assessment programme and, with Tony’s permission, we’ve included a few short quotes in this blog post.
Tony on why he set up TRAA
“I’ve been in the industry for about 20 years as a roofing contractor. I set up TRAA three years ago because I’d had enough of working for someone else! We now have 15 roofers, an online assistant and a yard manager who looks after materials.”
On the pandemic
“Luckily, the pandemic hasn’t affected us too much. We had a few lads who wanted to take time off at the start of the pandemic, but the majority of the team wanted to keep working. If anything, we’ve grown over the last 12 months thanks to government jobs like Wellingborough Prison development and Heatherwood Hospital development in Ascot. We’ve also been working on schools as well. It seems bosses wanted to get work done on schools while the kids weren’t in due to Covid. It’s been a busy time – I don’t think I’ve had a day off!”
On arranging NVQ assessment for his team
“I found out about DMR from another roofing firm. Jody (DMR Employer Engagement Officer) came to visit me, and she helped to secure the funding for us. We were based in Manchester at the time on a Balfour Beatty project, and luckily we were eligible for government support with the NVQs. ESF funding has been ideal”.
On the assessment process
“I can’t fault the NVQ assessment at all. Ryan (DMR NVQ assessor) has been dead helpful throughout the process. And you could tell he knows a lot about the roofing trade”.
On the CSCS card system
“Understandably, clients want evidence that you and your staff are competent. It’s not practical carrying an NVQ certificate around with you on site – CSCS cards help with that.”
On staff development
“I’ve seen a 100% morale boost amongst the lads since they started their NVQs, and we’ve had thanks from family members as well. We’ll definitely be looking at further staff development. It’s good for the lads and it’s good for the business. And we’ll fund it ourselves if government support isn’t available.”