Covered Roofing with Alf TufanoFantastic Gesture for the Mastic Asphalt Industry

The Mastic Asphalt Council is closely aligned with New City College Hackney which is the national centre for mastic asphalt education and training. The mastic asphalt craft is taught by professional tutors and the traditional time-served apprenticeship is now incorporated into national vocational qualifications, leading to a Level 2 qualification.

MAC aims to protect the future of the industry by supporting apprentices through an intensive three year training programme that will ensure they can install mastic asphalt to the highest standards. The craft training programme is said to be one of the most demanding in the construction industry, and includes practical and theoretical training to use mastic asphalt across a wide range of applications.

Students can utilise state-of-the-art facilities at New City College Hackney which include a workshop replicating a real work site and a one-tonne asphalt mixer. Several MAC member companies have recently donated materials from which apprentices can learn the practical elements of this age-old trade.

Materials such as mastic asphalt, felt, primers, sand, cement and accessories have been provided free of charge by Covered Roofing Supplies, IKO, Skyline Roofing and Chandlers Roofing Supplies for use by the apprentices at the college during their course.

Chris Maloney, Managing Director of Covered Roofing Supplies, very kindly organised and arranged the whole delivery of materials for the second year running.

MAC Director Malcolm Grinstead said: “This is a fantastic gesture by several of our member companies and many thanks to Chris Maloney for organising the delivery of materials once again.

“Not only are the MAC Board of Directors very appreciative of the donation of the materials, the apprentices themselves are too and Mastic Asphalt Lecturer Alf Tufano of New City College Hackney. It will help the apprentices develop their skills even further in the application of mastic asphalt.”

This article featured within the July 2023 edition of RCi magazine – click here to view the article.