Every year, BMI invites roofing apprentices from across the country 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 receives a generous cash prize of £1000 and the prestigious title of Apprentice of Year, as well as three years’ worth of training support from the BMI Academy.
This year’s competition took place in July and the winners were announced as Steel Sweatland of RSM Roofing and Malachi Wilkes of Rio Asphalt & Paving Company.
Steel, who trains at Southwest Roofing Training Group, was the winner of the Pitched Roofing category, while Juniper Training student Malachi won the Flat Roofing category.
“The competition was fierce, everyone deserved to win it! I really enjoyed the defect challenge, with the judges acting like real world customers. Winning Apprentice of the Year has given me the confidence I need to go far in my roofing career” said Steel.
“It’s fantastic to be a winner, it feels like I can inspire others in the business including those I work with at Rio and train with at Juniper Training. To win this competition is a great opportunity and it’s the best thing I’ve done in my career so far. I’ve learnt so much from everyone here, and I’ve now got connections with the judges and the other finalists,” said Malachi.
“This year’s competition was as tough as ever, with the apprentices showcasing their skills across both the flat and pitched categories”
“The apprentices really embodied the theme of Empower this year, and we look forward to seeing the success and influence of the winners and finalists over the years to come.”
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.