Mastic Asphalt Council (MAC) has demonstrated its commitment to protecting the future of the Mastic Asphalt industry by supporting seven apprentices through an intensive three year training programme that will ensure they can install mastic asphalt to the highest possible standard.

To maintain the industry’s long established standards, only trained craftsmen install mastic asphalt under MAC’s strict rules. The craft training programme, which takes place at Hackney College in London, is also one of the most demanding in the construction industry and leads to a Level 3 NVQ qualification.

“To ensure a high quality application every time, we set rigorous standards for all our craftsmen,” said John Blowers, Director of MAC. “All seven of these apprentices have undertaken practical and theoretical training to use mastic asphalt on a wide range of applications involving roofing, flooring, paving and tanking.”

“We must also give credit to their employers for giving them the opportunity to carry out this training. This will help to ensure that the next generation of craftsmen can work to the same high standards that have made mastic asphalt such a highly respected product and the continued choice of specifiers.

On completion of their training, all seven apprentices received their NVQ level 3 Craft qualification and a cheque for £1,000 in recognition of their achievements. MAC continues to build an industry that is fit for the future and a growing workforce that remains dedicated to quality.

The apprentices who completed the programme were Richard Lamb and Kieran Patel of Sussex Asphalte Ltd, Luke Buttimer of Tucker & Tunstalls Ltd, Samuel Cullin from Abbey Asphalt Roofing, Sean Lavin of E&D Scaffolding & Roofing, Daniel Snook of Premier Mastic Asphalt, and Hayden Vigers of Rio Asphalt & Paving Co Ltd