“Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t underestimate yourself. It’s possible to have a good life from roofing if you put the work into it.”
We caught up with Callum Ramsden at DMR Roofing Academy to find out how he got into roofing, how his apprenticeship is going and what his career plans are.
Name: Callum Ramsden
Hobbies: Gym, Fitness, Gaming
Work: Gallagher Roofing
Callum On Leaving School…
“I left school at 16 and went straight into a motor vehicle apprenticeship but I left after about six months as it wasn’t for me. From there, I progressed to an engineering apprenticeship with Cartwright Trailers but, again, I didn’t feel like this was the right career move for me so I dropped out early.”
On Finding the Right Career…
“After my mechanical and engineering apprenticeships didn’t work out, I kept persevering and I spent several months applying for jobs online including a construction labouring vacancy with Gallagher Roofing. Gallagher got back to me the next day and invited me in for an interview. I got the job.”
I started off doing general labouring work. Later on, I started roofing and I loved it so much I enrolled on a roofing apprenticeship with DMR Training.
At Gallagher Roofing, I work in a team of three, travelling between jobs in a three seater transporter. We work mainly on private housing. A typical day will involve turning up at the yard in Altrincham on time and the boss then tells us where we’re going to be working. We tend to do everything – stripping, felt, battoning, mortar work, leading, joinery, fascias & soffits as well as liquid roofing. Fitting a new roof to a semi-detached house will typically take us three days.”
On Starting a Roofing Apprenticeship…
“I enjoy coming to DMR Roofing Academy for my diploma and I like the new premises much better – it’s more open and spacious. Andy [DMR head roofing tutor] really wants you to take pride in your work and you can see that in the way he teaches the course. I’m now coming to the end of my apprenticeship – I only have about three months left – so I’m working mainly on practicing and touching up on things I initially struggled with like leadwork and mortar work.
What I like most about the apprenticeship is the social side, both at work and at DMR Roofing Academy. I like all my colleagues and the lads I’m doing my apprenticeship with. I always wanted to work in what I felt was a ‘Man’s Environment'”. [Note from DMR Training: Construction isn’t just for men these days! We welcome apprenticeship applications from people of all genders].
On Growing Up and Gaining Confidence…
“I was naughty at school and didn’t take it seriously enough. But now I’m a bit older with a career, my apprenticeship has made me feel better about myself and I’m more confident with work and things. One day I’d like to start my own company. But first, I want to lead my own team at Gallaghers and hopefully take on an apprentice of my own. I’d like to say to any young people thinking about getting into roofing: Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t underestimate yourself. It’s possible to have a good life from roofing if you put the work into it.”
The roofing underlay used at DMR Roofing Academy, as seen in the photo above, is kindly supplied by Academy supporters, Klober UK.