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School children get the chance to be a roofer for the day

PUBLISHED: 11:41 13 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:41 13 May 2019

Roof repair, worker with white gloves replacing gray tiles or shingles on house with blue sky as background and copy space, Roofing - construction worker standing on a roof covering it with tiles  Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Roof repair, worker with white gloves replacing gray tiles or shingles on house with blue sky as background and copy space, Roofing - construction worker standing on a roof covering it with tiles Picture: GETTY IMAGES

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Suffolk school pupils will be given the chance to try their hand at being a roofer for a day to gain insight into the trade.

Suffolk school children are getting the chance to be a roofer for the day. Picture: GETTY IMAGESSuffolk school children are getting the chance to be a roofer for the day. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Youngsters, aged 16, from local high schools will be invited to a roofing taster sessions on the practice rigs at the Eastern Region Roof Training Group centre near Ipswich.

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Pupils from Holbrook Academy, Claydon High School, Stoke High School, Chantry Academy and Parkside Academy have previously visited the site and gained valuable experience.

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The opportunity has been made possible thanks funding of almost £70,000 from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

A spokesman for the Eastern Region Roof Training Group said: "We are very grateful for the funding which will allow us to encourage a new generation of young roofers. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to reach out to more schools in the area and really engage with young people at a crucial time in their decision making for their future."

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