Apprentice of the Year

The annual BMI Apprentice of the Year competition is part of our commitment to support and nurture the future of roofing as we seek to find the UK’s most promising apprentices and future leaders in roofing.
Apprentice of the Year winner in pitched roofing 2023

Build New Horizons with the BMI Apprentice of the Year competition

BMI is committed to supporting and nurturing the future of roofing, and we show this commitment by our investment into training at the BMI Academy, as well as holding the BMI Apprentice of the Year event to provide invaluable experience and life skills for roofing apprentices from all over the UK and Ireland.

Each year we look for roofing apprentices to come together at the annual Apprentice of the Year competition and test their skills in front of a panel of industry judges. The winner’s receive a generous cash prize of £1,000 and the prestigious title of Apprentice of Year, as well as three years’ worth of training support from the BMI Academy.

The competition opens for entries in February (during National Apprenticeship Week) and the judges look at several aspects of their apprenticeship, from roofing skills to teamwork, with a focus on business acumen, presentation and marketing skills. The competition is open to apprentices nationwide in both pitched and flat roofing.

Successful applicants will be invited to the Apprentice of the Year final, held each year in the summer at the BMI Academy in Gloucestershire.

The theme changes each year, with the 2024 theme being Building New Horizons. Up to 20 finalists are shortlisted each year and we ask entrants to demonstrate how their experiences have shaped their learning requirements throughout their career, how they achieved learning a skill and how they have worked with others to develop their skill set.

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Enter the BMI Apprentice of the Year 2024

Enter the BMI Apprentice of the Year 2024

Both flat and pitched roofing apprentices are invited to submit entries online by 26th April. Up to 20 finalists will be selected in May and invited to compete in the two-day final at the BMI Academy in July where the winners will be crowned.

Entrants must be a roofing apprentice or student currently working towards qualified status. The Competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland aged over 16 years.

Enter the BMI Apprentice of the Year 2024

Hear from the 2023 BMI Apprentice of the Year winners

Charlie Plant, BMI Icopal Apprentice of the Year in Flat Roofing

"It's a great feeling to have won and be able to say that I'm the Apprentice of the Year, especially when there were so many great apprentices taking part this year. It has been a great opportunity and I couldn't recommend it more highly to other apprentices thinking of taking part in the future." said Charlie

Charlie Plant presenting during the Apprentice of the Year competition 2023

Euan Forsyth, BMI Redland Apprentice of the Year in Pitched Roofing

"To have won is a big surprise and it's an amazing feeling. The competition has really pushed us all and I feel like I've progressed so much just in the last couple of days, so I'm really happy to have been recognised and be taking home the top prize." said Euan

Euan Forsyth completing a challenge during the BMI Apprentice of the Year competition 2023

The future of Roofing

Like many industries, the roofing sector is experiencing a skills shortage. This is why we’re committed to supporting the future workforce through initiatives like Apprentice of the Year and our work at BMI Academy. 

Follow along as we stay in touch with our apprentices to see where their roofing career takes them, from joining industry associations to advancing in their careers and more

We’ll be seeking out the next BMI Apprentice of the year in pitched and flat roofing and opening the competition for entries early next year. In the meantime please take a look at the highlights from this year’s BMI Apprentice of the Year in our highlights blog