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Roofing Apprentices Visit Cupa Pizarras Slate Quarry

Posted on Tue 24th Oct, 2017

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Two Leeds College of Building apprentices have recently been on an all expenses paid visit to a Cupa Pizarras slate quarry in Northern Spain for three days.

In what has become an annual educational trip offered to the College, the two roofing apprentices, Kieran Langhan and Joe Turner were selected for their exceptional standard of work and commitment to their training.

Accompanied by LCB lecturers Chris Messenger and David Mallory, the students saw for themselves the production of slate on a massive scale at Cupa’s quarries, learning how the stone is extracted from the ground, selected and split ready for transport to roofing markets around the world.

Kieran Langhan said “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the quarry and witness how much time and effort goes into making the slate that we lay on the roof.

The visit was mind blowing in the way that the process and the man power are on such a huge scale. I will be talking about this trip for the rest of my life.”

Cupa has been a long time supporter of roofing apprenticeships and regularly makes available roofing supplies, including its natural slate range, through Burton Roofing Merchants. 

Director at Burton‘s, Lee Keates said "Both Cupa Pizarras and Burton Roofing Merchants acknowledge the need for more skilled labour within the construction industry and have taken a joint initiative to display their commitment to this by supporting learning establishments such as Leeds College of Building in its pursuit of excellence and development of our industries skills through apprentices."

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