Course at a glance

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Apprenticeship Standard

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Course Length:

2 years


South Bank Campus


Funding band - £11,000

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Course overview

This Roofer Apprenticeship is available to anyone aged over 16.

Roof Slaters & Tilers work on new roofs and repair and refurbish old roofs. This can be done using a variety of methods, from large format concrete tiles with a covering of 10 tiles per m2; to small formats with a covering of 60 tiles per m2;. 

Roofing work can involve anything from repairing a single tile or slate on a domestic property, to re-roofing public buildings such as schools, working on new build housing projects, or installing the roof on large commercial buildings.  Roofers can be on site from a few hours to a few weeks so this occupation should suit those who like to move workplaces on a regular basis.

Our Roofing apprenticeship is available on block release.

What skills and qualities do apprentices need?

A careful, methodical and accurate approach to your work, the ability to work well in a team, a head for heights. 

Entry requirements

You should be aged 16 or over and ideally already be employed or have secured a work placement, however we may be able to help you with this. Good GCSEs are recommended and you will be required to sit a skills assessment.

To search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies visit the national apprenticeship vacancy website.

If you are aged 16-18 and you are unable to find an apprenticeship, you can apply for a study programme and switch over at any point when you do find one.

What would apprentices learn at College?

  • Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed
  • Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers
  • Select the required materials and resources to carry out the work
  • Set up, check and operate plant and/or equipment
  • Install related materials and components to a given specification
  • Use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment
  • Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out work
  • How to cut and fix backgrounds onto a roof such as felt, battens and lead work
  • How to cut and fix large format tiles (single-lap)
  • How to cut and fix small profile tiles (double-lap)
  • How to cut and fix slates
  • How to cut and fix ridge tiles with mortar and mechanically dry fix
  • How to use roofing tools e.g. trowel

No matter what level you are currently working at, you will be expected to further your skills in English and maths.

Information for employers

If you are considering taking on an apprentice and would like to find out more about the Roofer Apprenticeship please get in touch with the apprenticeship team.

They will be able to advise you on the course content, offer advice for levy and non-levy payers and provide details on the end point assessment (EPA).

You can find out more about this apprenticeship standard on the Institute for Apprenticeship site.

From 1st April 2021 all employers are required to use the government apprenticeship service to secure funding for any apprentices they wish to employ.  Apprentices will be unable to start their course at college without reserving funding. 

We can assist you with this process by providing informative emails, videos and telephone assistance, please get in touch to find out more.


0113 222 6000


Current vacancies

Current vacancies from employers we work with will be shown here.

If none are showing, you can search and register for job alerts on the apprenticeship vacancy website.

Next steps

After completing this course there are a number of options available, depending on your final grade you could move onto a level 3 apprenticeship, into higher education or seek permanent employment.

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