BMI Apprentice of the Year 2022 Declares Winners


AFTER TWO challenging days of competition at the BMI Training Centre in Cirencester, Steel Sweatland (pictured right) and Malachi Wilkes (pictured left) were crowned winners of the 2022 BMI Apprentice of the Year.

Steel Sweatland was declared the winner of the 2022 BMI Apprentice of the Year in pitched roofing. Steel, an apprentice at RSM Roofing, trains with the South West Roofing Training Group. His tutor Alan Lander from Rooftrain said he “couldn’t have been prouder”.

“The competition was fierce, everyone deserved to win it! I really enjoyed the defect challenge with the judges acting like real world customers. Winning Apprentice of the Year has given me the confidence I need to go far in my roofing career,” said Steel.

Steel’s training group, SWRTG added, “This is a fantastic competition and BMI really do a great job at hosting it. All the apprentices should be really proud of what they achieved and should take what they can from this experience. We are massively proud of Steel, the SWRTGs very own winner. It really is a boost for the training group and our trainer, Alan Lander.”

Flat Roofing

Malachi Wilkes is the 2022 BMI Apprentice of the Year in flat roofing. Malachi works for Rio Asphalt & Paving Ltd and trains with Juniper Training, tutored by Dean Smith and Paul Austin.

Malachi commented, “It’s fantastic to be a winner. It feels like I can inspire others in the business, including those I work with at Rio and train with at Juniper Training. To win this competition is a great opportunity and it’s the best thing I’ve done in my career so far. I’ve learnt so much from everyone here, and I’ve now got connections with the judges and the other finalists.”

The winners, announced by BMI’s Marketing and Technical Director Paul Campbell and Sales Director Fraser Biles, both received a prize of £1000, a bespoke trophy 3D printed at BMI Technical Centre, and three years’ worth of training support from the BMI Academy.

Highly Commended

The competition was extremely tight this year, leading the judges to recognise two other finalists as Highly Commended in their categories. Reilly Stow from Simian Risk in partnership with Langley was awarded Highly Commended in the flat roofing category and Joe Jamieson who trains at Edinburgh College was awarded Highly Commended in the pitched roofing category.

Andy King, judge and Managing Director of A.L. King Roofing Ltd, said: “The standards this year were outstanding, it really was a tough challenge! I thought the presentation skills were fantastic, all the apprentices came across as confident and accepted any challenges we threw at them. It was a tough call choosing just one winner and one highly commended for each category, so well done to both Reilly and Joe, it was well deserved”.

Showcasing Emerging Talent

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 across both pitched and flat roofing categories.

Matheau Woodyatt, Technical Training Manager at the BMI Academy, said: “This competition showcases the emerging talent in our industry and exposes the apprentices to the opportunities that a career in roofing can give them.”

In this year’s BMI Apprentice of the Year pitched and flat roofing finalists demonstrated consistency and best-practice in every area of roofing. The theme was Empower with apprentices demonstrating how they empower themselves and others by playing an active role in the roofing community.

Throughout the event the finalists were coached on a range of topics, including presentation and leadership challenges and then assessed to develop the skills they need to succeed in their future careers.

Matheau Woodyatt added: “This year’s competition was as tough as ever, with the apprentices showcasing their skills across both the flat and pitched categories. The apprentices really embodied the theme of Empower this year, and we look forward to seeing the success and influence of the winners and finalists over the years to come.”

Matthew Ford, former winner, said: “Winning Apprentice of the Year meant a lot to me, and I can really see the same enthusiasm in this year’s crop of finalists. It was a pleasure to be able to come back this year and share some of the knowledge I’ve gained since the competition”.

BMI apprentice of the year entrantsThirteen apprentices represented colleges, training providers and roofing contractors from across the UK. They are:

Flat Roofing

  • Malachi Wilkes, training at Juniper Training and apprentice at Rio Asphalt
  • Reilly Stow, training at Simian-Risk in partnership with Langley and apprentice at Sussex Asphalt
  • George Dalton, training at Simian-Risk in partnership with Langley and apprentice at Sanderoof
  • Tom Dart, training at Greenlight Training and apprentice at Stormforce Roofing
  • Callum Humphries, training at Simian-Risk in partnership with Langley

Pitched Roofing

  • Steel Sweatland, training at RoofTrain UK and apprentice at RSM Roofing
  • Joe Jamieson, training at Edinburgh College and apprentice at Avonside Roofing
  • Josh Cannicott, training at South Devon College and apprentice at Stormforce Roofing
  • Jack Robson, training at Leeds College of Building and apprentice at RJ Collins Roofing
  • Niall Martin, training at Newcastle College and apprentice at John Flowers Ltd
  • Addison Myers, training at Wales National Roof Training Group and is an apprentice at Span Roofing
  • Chantel Daniels, training at Newcastle College and is an apprentice at Apex Roofing
  • Samuel Thompson, training at Newcastle College and apprentice at Evenii Limited


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