The country’s leading roofing apprentices are preparing for the two-day final to reward the best in each of the two roofing disciplines: pitched and flat roofing.
BMI, the UK’s largest manufacturer and supplier of flat and pitch roofing systems, is offering the two awards backed by its market-leading brands; the Redland Apprentice of the Year will recognise the best pitched roofing apprentice, while those in flat roofing will vie for the Icopal Apprentice of the Year.
The shortlist was selected from building colleges across England and Wales and they are not all straight from school, with some embarking a second career like Ceiran Peel-Price, 29, from the Wirral. His first job upon leaving school was in the army but a discharge on medical grounds led him to a second career in roofing.
The winners not only win Redland or Icopal Apprentice of the Year 2018, but also a £1,000 cash prize for each of them to invest in their future, along with a gift bag of high-quality roofing tools and materials.
The winners are entitled to support from the two industry brand leaders at the group’s National Training Centre, plus an impressive trophy.
The finalists compete over two days at the BMI National Training Centre in Gloucestershire, where they will receive professional coaching that examines all aspects of running their own roofing business – including business planning, presentation skills, and technical skills.
Following this complete learning experience, they are then assessed by leading figures in the roofing industry, who will be judging the candidates.
The judges will also participate in ‘knowledge-sharing sessions’ over the two days to answer questions and share the benefits of their experience.
Mat Woodyatt, BMI Technical Training Manager, explains: “These awards are part of a wider group strategy to recognise and reward those coming into the industry. We want to raise the appeal of roofing and motivate more youngsters and career-changers to get involved.”
The two-day final will come to a close with the Apprentice of the Year Awards Dinner, consisting of the finalists, their tutors and employers, and judges. Here, the winners of the competition will be announced.
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