Two apprentices from the north of England were crowned Redland and Icopal Apprentices of the Year 2018 after two days of intense scrutiny from a panel of industry-leading figures.
Jay Webster and Kieran Forster who won Redland and Icopal Apprentices of the Year 2018 respectively, received a £1,000 cash prize for each at a special gala dinner, plus a trophy and high-quality roofing tools and materials. They are also entitled to support from the two industry brand leaders at BMI’s National Training Centre.
Speaking just after the prize-giving on June 27, Redland Apprentice of the Year Jay Webster, who attends Leeds College of Building and works for Yorkshire Heritage Roofing; said: “Words can’t really describe how I feel and I still can’t believe it to be honest. I became more confident as the competition went on but to actually win it, tells me I’m better than I thought I was”.
The Icopal Apprentice of the Year Kieran Forster, an attendee at Newcastle College and employed by Stanley-based Hodgson Sayers; admitted it all came as a bit of a surprise: “Pure shock when I heard my name announced and I’m still in shock. I can’t believe it’s actually happened. There were guys there with more experience than me so to win it is simply amazing”.