Builders’ Merchants News – Roofing talent shines through in BMI’s Apprentice of the Year competition
Competitors were tested on a variety of topics including hands-on demonstrations, presentations, business planning, and technical skills.
After a demanding and exciting two-day steep and flat roof competition in the BMI Academy, the winners have been determined.
Roofer apprentices Jamie Scott from Bourne-based Sandall Roofing and Brandon McGrail-Manning from SPV Group, Walsall, topped the BMI Apprentice of the Year 2021.
Scott, who trains at Leeds College of Building, won the pitched roof category, while Juniper Training student McGrail-Manning won the flat roof category.
Both will receive a prize of £ 1,000, a bespoke trophy 3D printed at the BMI Technical Center, and three years of training support from the BMI Academy.
“Winning the BMI apprentice of the year means a lot to me. I work with Building Futures, a study program that helps young people who are not ideally qualified, and I want to give them hope and show them that anyone can, “said McGrail-Manning.
Scott added, “Taking part in Apprentice of the Year really opened my eyes to the opportunities roofing and construction can offer me. It also showed me what I can achieve. I met a multitude of people from different backgrounds during the competition and all of them achieved so much that inspired me to push myself even harder and further. “
The competition was tough and all 13 finalists for pitched and flat roofs showed consistency and excellence in many areas during the event. Competitors were tested on a variety of topics including hands-on demonstrations, presentations, business planning, and technical skills.
In addition to the winners, two other trainees were recognized for their consistently high level across all tasks and were awarded “Highly Commended” in the competition. They were Keeley Howell from Sussex Asphalt (flat roof) and Kai Hunt-Beech from J. Martin & Sons, Corsham (pitched roof).
The competition culminated with the BMI Trainee of the Year, where all finalists, their tutors, employers, judges and industry representatives came together to celebrate the winners of the competition and the future of the roofer.
Andy King, Chief Judge and Past President of the NFRC, said, “We really missed the competition during the pandemic and it was great to welcome the finalists back to the BMI Academy this month. The caliber of the finalists was indeed very high and the winners did astonishingly well in what is possibly the strongest field of all time. “