The BMI National Training Centre welcomed an old friend, when roofer Ceiran Peel-Price attended one of the centre’s flat roofing courses. Ceiran is no stranger to the BMI National Training Centre – based in Gloucestershire – as he had been a finalist in the pitched roof category of the annual BMI Apprentice of the Year competition in both 2017 and 2018.
After completing his apprenticeship, and with the confidence and insight gained through the competition; Ceiran successfully set up his own business and is now seeking to add flat roofing installation to the company’s services. Of BMI’s available courses, Ceiran opted for an Introduction to Single Ply Roofing.
With 2018 delivering the completion of the flat roofing training area, and the refurbishment of the existing pitched training facility; the BMI National Training Centre was an obvious choice for Ceiran when wanting to improve his skillset. “Being part of the BMI Apprentice of the Year competitions really taught me a lot and meant that BMI was a natural place for me to look for training as I am expanding my business. They not only gave me a great boost to my confidence, they also really inspired me to push on with the next stage of my career. The facilities here are excellent, and the quality of training is superb”.
The flat roof training area at the centre means BMI UK & Ireland offers contractors, merchants and students an extensive range of both pitched and flat roof courses; and makes it the only UK roofing manufacturer able to offer both disciplines, both at the training centre and nationally.
Mat Woodyatt, BMI Technical Training Manager, said: “It’s great to see Ceiran back, and I’m really proud that, not only has BMI been part of inspiring him to set up his own company; but also that he sees us as a ‘go to’ provider for new skills”.
“Our BMI Apprentice of the Year awards are part of our commitment to help ensure that new entrants to the sector receive the necessary levels of support that they need to develop and succeed. Ceiran is absolute proof of that; and we couldn’t think of a better candidate to attend one of our flat roof training courses”.
Thanks to the 1500 delegates received at its National Training Centre every year, BMI UK & Ireland is uniquely placed to understand the talent requirements of the UK roofing sector, and the BMI Apprentice of the Year, currently calling for entries, is a great chance to celebrate some of the future leaders and entrepreneurs of our sector.
The competition aims to find the UK’s most promising apprentices and reward them for their commitment, ability and – most importantly – potential. It welcomes all those recognised as an apprentice by their employer, or those working towards qualified status; and the closing date for the 2019 competition is May 3rd.
Entrants selected for the final, which takes place over two days at the BMI National Training Centre, will receive professional coaching on aspects of running a roofing business – including business planning, presentation skills, and technical skills – before being assessed, making this a complete learning experience. The final concludes in the BMI Apprentice of the Year awards ceremony where the winners of this year’s competition will be announced.
For further information about this year’s Apprentice of the Year competition, including entry details please click on the link below.
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