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Roof slating and tiling competition overview

Competitors will be expected to undertake a specific project that will require them to demonstrate the skills that are essential requirements for today’s construction industry.

Roofing operatives work on the protective layers of a building which separate the inside from the elements using a range of materials, methods and structures. Roof slaters and tilers install and repair all the waterproof coverings for buildings by applying slates or tiles to a designed framework, such as the roof of a house. Skills for this role include understanding drawings and specifications to know what materials to use, fixing underlay, insulation and roof coverings in place, repairing old or faulty roofing, ensuring any new covering is weatherproof.

Heritage specialists can work on roofs ranging from Victorian terraced houses to ancient churches. Modern slaters and tilers are trained in using the handmade materials of earlier eras, including clay tiles and different types of natural stone or slate.

This competition has been designed to reflect the role of a roof slater and tiler and the standards that are expected within the construction industry.


Competition overview

Competitors will be marked throughout the competition:

  • Competitors have to work in a safe manner and will lose marks if this is not adhered to

General information:

  • At the Regional Qualifiers the maximum working time for the task is 6 hours
  • At the SkillBuild National Final the maximum working time for the task is 18 hours

Core competencies

To take part in this competition you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good set of inter-personal skills to ask questions
  • Read and understand working drawings, specifications and standard graphical details
  • Have excellent time management of work
  • Familiar and practiced in the setting out and application of underlay, battens, plain tiles to eave, verge, valley, hip details
  • Familiar and practiced in the mixing, gauging and application of mortar work to roof details
  • Work to a high level of dimensional accuracy
  • Ensure structure is securely fixed throughout (in accordance with the specification)
  • Cut tiles to a high standard of accuracy using hand tools and where required machine/ power tools
  • Keep the work area clean and tidy.
  • Work in a safe manner.
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