As part of its latest funding round, the U.K.’s Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has awarded 15,000 British pounds to Liverpool-based Lacy Roofing to train its staff on how to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
CITB – sponsored by the country’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – is the sector skills council and industry training board for the construction industry.
A total of 15 projects won bids in this latest round and represent a total CITB investment of just under 5 million British pounds. This is the second funding announcement since the inception of CITB’s reformed project funding process last fall.
Over the next 12 months, as part of its “Robots for Roofing” initiative, the Lacy Roofing will train five staff members to fly UAS to Civil Aviation Authority standards. CITB says the program has the potential to drastically reduce the risks to workers’ health and safety on-site.
Roofers will be trained to use drones to carry out surveys and find faults, rather than get up on the roof itself to carry out these tasks. If the pilot project is successful, adds CITB, it could be rolled out across the industry.
“I am excited to announce the latest round of industry-led projects that will receive support from CITB,” says Geeta Nathan, head of economic analysis at CITB. “These high-caliber applicants have the potential to transform the industry and change the lives of many individuals, and we are pleased to be supporting them with industry investment.”