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The search for the 2021 BMI Apprentice of the Year is on!

Following the lifting of COVID 19 restrictions, a key highlight in the UK construction calendar is back with the launch of the BMI Apprentice of the Year 2021 competition – one of the leading apprenticeship events in the sector.

BMI actively supports colleges throughout the UK with their work training roofing apprentices and the contest seeks to find the UK’s most promising apprentices and reward them for their commitment, ability and potential.  

What makes the BMI Apprentice of the Year stand out from other competitions is its focus on the business dimensions – marketing, finance and presentation, for example – of a career in roofing, rather than purely tradecraft, although these vitally important skills are not overlooked during the two-day event either.

Previous winners and participants have gone on to start their own businesses, find more senior roles within the companies that employ them, represent industry trade bodies and even become tutors themselves.

This year’s competition opens on September 1st 2021 and welcomes all those recognised as an apprentice by their employer, or those working towards qualified status. Each year, BMI picks a theme and for 2021, it’s ‘influence’ and BMI is looking for contestants who have what it takes to influence peers and those in the wider roofing community. Closing date for entries is October 1st.

Entrants selected for the final, which takes place on the 17th and 18th November at the BMI Academy in Gloucestershire, will receive coaching on a range of topics including presentation skills, health and safety, estimating and making technical assessments. 

The event is whole-heartedly backed by BMI’s college partners and their tutors. As Alan Lander of the South West Roof Training Group – and tutor to many finalists – says: “Everything about the event is first class and we missed it greatly during the pandemic. The experience and takeaways the apprentices get from the competition are outstanding. The only worry ever is how BMI will manage to match it year-on-year – and yet they do”!

Mat Woodyatt, BMI Technical Training Manager, explains: “BMI Apprentice of the Year is our chance to recognise and applaud apprentice success stories across the country. Our commitment to help train apprentices is unwavering and the competition allows us to reward those working hard to achieve their goals. We are really looking forward to welcoming the finalists to the BMI Academy in November”.

Find out more about this years competition


A Knight on the tiles

Since featuring on our very first front cover, Tom Knight – Highly Commended in the BMI Apprentice of the Year 2017 – has continued to have great success in his roofing career. . Total Contractor met up with him on site near Truro for a chat.

On top of his game

After winning the BMI Apprentice of the Year in 2017, semi-pro footballer Joe Stradling is still scoring with success both in football and in roofing. RCI caught up with him on a roof in Frome, Somerset.

Ford steps up a gear

Two years ago Matt Ford won the BMI Apprentice of the Year for pitched roofing, a competition that taught him skills he still values today. Roofing Today editor Claire Griffiths caught up with him on site in Leeds.

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