Are You Ready to be the 2022 BMI Apprentice of the Year?

Roofing apprentice winners - 2022 BMI Apprentice of the Year

BMI IS CALLING all roofing apprentices and students studying towards qualified roofer status to enter the 2022 BMI Apprentice of the Year competition.

The annual BMI Apprentice of the Year competition seeks to find the UK’s most promising apprentices and future leaders in roofing and is part of BMI’s commitment to support and nurture the future of roofing.

Every year, BMI invites roofing apprentices from across the country to come together at the annual Apprentice of the Year competition and test their skills in front of a panel of industry judges.

The winner receives a generous cash prize of £1000 and the prestigious title of Apprentice of Year, as well as three years’ worth of training support from the BMI Academy.

Roofers grouped around a roofing rig, pictured from above.
The flat roofing contestants are put through their paces at the 2021 BMI Apprentice of the Year competition.


BMI Apprentice of the Year Winners

Last year, following an exciting and challenging two days, roofing apprentices Jamie Scott, of Bourne-based Sandall Roofing, and Brandon McGrail-Manning, of SPV Group, Walsall, were declared winners of the 2021 BMI Apprentice of the Year competition. Jamie, who trains at Leeds College of Building, was the winner of the Pitched Roofing category, while Juniper Training student Brandon won the Flat Roofing category.

“Winning the BMI Apprentice of the Year means a lot to me, I work with Building Futures which is a study programme which helps out young people who haven’t had the best of backgrounds, I want to bring hope to them and show them anyone can do it!” says Brandon.

Young man at awards walking to stage -2022 BMI Apprentice of the Year
2021 BMI Apprentice of the Year winner (pitched roofing). Jamie Scott, of Bourne-based Sandall Roofing.

“Taking part in the Apprentice of the Year has really opened my eyes to the opportunities Roofing and Construction can offer me. It has also shown me what I can achieve. I have met a variety of people from all different backgrounds throughout the competition, and all of them achieving so much has inspired me to push myself even harder and further. I have made some lifelong friends from all over the country, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us all” says Jamie.

2022 BMI Apprentice of the Year Dates

The competition opens for entries on 7th March, 2022 and judges will be looking for several elements of a successful roofing professional: from roofing skills to teamwork, with a focus on business acumen, presentation, and marketing skills. The competition is open to apprentices nationwide in both pitched and flat roofing, and the closing date for entries is April 29th.

Held over two days on 20th and 21st July 2022 at the BMI Academy in Gloucestershire, this year’s theme is “Empower” and BMI is looking for apprentices who can demonstrate how they empower themselves and others by playing an active role across the roofing community and beyond. Finalists will be coached during the event on a range of topics from presentation skills and social media for business through to estimating and making technical assessments.

Entries can be completed online and applicants will be asked to answer questions to highlight their commitment to their roofing career, the industry as a whole, and to showcase their future leadership abilities.

Young roofers pictured in three rows
The 2021 BMI Apprentice of the Year pitched roofing contestants.

Delighted by the success of the competition in previous years, Mat Woodyatt, Technical Training Manager at BMI said: “We’re committed to supporting apprentices and the future of roofing, through the work at BMI Academy – our training platform which is open to roofers and roofing industry professionals at all stages of their career – as well as our continued support of colleges and training providers across the country. BMI Apprentice of the Year is our way to celebrate apprentices by encouraging them to showcase and develop their skills and explore where their career in roofing can take them – we’re really looking forward to welcoming this year’s finalists to the BMI Academy in July.”

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