Closing out a highly successful 2018 for the BMI National Training Centre, the team were kept at it almost until the last day of the working year with the staging of the third Roofing Tutor Forum. The forum brings together many of the colleges, training groups and independent tutors that BMI UK & Ireland supports throughout the year; alongside industry representatives from CITB and the NFRC, to update on standards and discuss best educational practice for their learners.
Leading the sessions were BMI UK & Ireland’s Mat Woodyatt, Technical Training Manager; and Alastair Blant and Anthony McFarlane, Technical Trainers – Pitched and Flat Roofing respectively. They were supported by contributions from Simon Dixon, NFRC Training and Technical Manager, and Andy Rowlands, NFRC Consultant and Managing Director of Rowlands Roofing.
Topics ranged from a briefing on the NFRC’s Safe2Torch campaign and how BMI’s TorchSafe range of products and design and specification service relates to it; BS 476-3:2004 and the fire classification of flat roofs; through to the consequences of ‘spec breaking’ and why systems matter; the RoofCert scheme and an update on the performance of competitors in the recent SkillBuild finals.
All in all, the BMI team hosted a dozen industry representatives. The forums mark the group’s ongoing support for the industry, with the first event held in December 2017. The delegates then decided to meet every six months, with the next meeting due in June 2019 and in association with at the BMI Apprentice of the Year 2019 competition being held at the National Training Centre.
BMI reveals roofing’s top 20 for the Apprentice of the Year final
Twenty of the country’s best roofing apprentices are gearing up for the two-day final that will see two of them awarded the prestigious title of either pitched or flat roofing BMI Apprentice of the Year 2019. Success in the competition identifies an apprentice as a stand-out individual and as someone with a bright future in the sector. Previous finalists have gone on to win multiple other awards, founded their own businesses or represented the industry and recruited new entrants as Construction Ambassadors with the CITB.
A PIECE OF HOME DELIVERED BY BMI REDLAND CAMBRIAN SLATE FOR PIONEERING HOSPICE
A first in the UK for its innovative use of reconstituted slate in a modern interlocking roofing material, the BMI Redland Cambrian Slate combines great traditional looks with great durability and cost-effectiveness; and so provided an ideal solution for roofing Butterfly House, an important and sensitively-designed £4.8 million hospice in High Wycombe.
Winners and contenders alike praise the BMI Apprentice of the Year competition
Each year, the BMI Apprentice of the Year competition helps apprentices on their journey to build their future career – by helping them with better business understanding, stronger communication skills and improved confidence. These are just some of the benefits that past winners and finalists of the BMI Apprentice of the Year competition have received and, as entries for the 2019 competition continue to arrive, some of past finalists have been reflecting upon the experience and what it taught them.