Trade body and manufacturers’ expertise add new dimension to apprenticeship for cutting-edge construction method

A national trade body has joined forces with leading manufacturers in the structural waterproofing sector to write and deliver the latest insights and understanding to enable a new generation of trainees to complete a new specialist trade apprenticeship.

The Property Care Association’s (PCA) Structural Waterproofing Apprenticeship Programme takes its next intake of participants in October.

As well as receiving training from PCA experts, learners will also receive practical instruction from industry-leading product suppliers, including Delta Membrane Systems, Newton Waterproofing Systems, Safeguard Europe and Sika.

Launched by the Association last year to provide training in this highly technical and advanced area of construction, the apprenticeship is open to PCA members and specialists working in non-member companies.

After completing the programme, the apprentices achieve an NVQ Level 2 in Structural Underground Waterproofing.

James Berry, Technical Manager of the PCA, said: “This is a first for the waterproofing industry.

“Inspired by the needs of employers and their clients, we are proud to have worked with members to design and deliver an apprentice scheme that includes the practical skills associated with the waterproofing industry, through a mix of hands-on and classroom-based training.

“We are excited to now have input from the industry through the manufacturers’ training sessions.

“Structural waterproofing is an industry which continues to grow and we need to do all we can to attract and retain highly-skilled workers.

“The creation of the apprentice programme ensures underground waterproofing is correctly recognised as a specific construction specialty and that a career path exists within the profession that will challenge and place value on those that choose structural waterproofing as a profession.

“With pressure to take as much value as possible from very costly development sites, building plots and existing properties, the possibilities that come from occupying basements is ever more attractive and increasingly cost effective.

“As a result, the ability to design and deliver structural waterproofing in the future will become increasingly sought after by employers and clients.”

The apprenticeship programme runs for 18 months and features classroom, practical and on-the-job training.

Every aspect of underground waterproofing is covered by the apprenticeship training scheme including product selection and waterproofing design.

Handling and application of materials and tools, legislation, and health and safety in the workplace are also featured.

Instruction is evaluated by independent assessors who award the NVQ level 2 to those who successfully complete the training.

And once apprentices have completed their training, they have access to a clear career path, with further opportunities for development.

This includes the PCA’s Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing training, an intensive three-day theoretical training course that focuses the technical aspects of structural waterproofing for those who undertake site assessments, and have a responsibility to design waterproofing systems to prevent failure

For those who wish to demonstrate their competence through qualification this training course can be used as a foundation to go on to take the Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) industry-leading qualification.

To find out more about the apprenticeship scheme and funding options, register an interest or sign up an apprentice, please contact Jade Stocker at or call 0844 375 4301.

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