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Roofing talent shines through in BMI’s apprentice of the year competition

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BMI apprentice of the year

Roofing apprentices Jamie Scott of Bourne-based Sandall Roofing, and Brandon McGrail-Manning, of SPV Group, Walsall, have been declared winners of the 2021 ‘BMI Apprentice of the Year’ competition.

Following a challenging and exciting two-day pitched and flat roofing competition at the BMI Academy, Jamie, who trains at Leeds College of Building, was the winner of the Pitched Roofing category, while Juniper Training student Brandon won the Flat Roofing category.

Both winners receive a £1,000 prize, a bespoke trophy 3D-printed at the BMI Technical Centre and three years’ worth of training support from the BMI Academy.

In addition to the winners, two further apprentices were recognised for their consistently-high standards across all tasks and were awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the competition. They are Keeley Howell of Sussex Asphalte (Flat Roofing) and Kai Hunt-Beech of J Martin & Sons, Corsham (Pitched Roofing).

The 2021 winners were announced by BMI’s Marketing and Technical Director, Paul Campbell and Sales Director, Fraser Biles.

Speaking at the awards dinner, Paul said: “We want this competition to inspire tomorrow’s roofers and this year’s crop of finalists are hugely inspirational, representing the future of British roofing. We think it is crucial to recognise such talent to encourage people into the trade and the ability and potential we’ve seen over the past two days is great cause for celebration. Our thanks go to the apprentices, their employers and their tutors for the energy and enthusiasm they brought to the competition.

For further information email marketingukandi@bmigroup.com.

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