The Mastic Asphalt Council (MAC) 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 at New City College Hackney 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, sheathing felt, primers, sand, cement and accessories have been provided free of charge by Shield Membranes, IKO, Alltype, Skyline Roofing Centres and Covered Roofing Supplies for use by the apprentices at the college during their course. Chris Maloney, Managing Director of Covered Roofing Supplies, kindly organised and arranged the whole delivery of materials.
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.
“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.”