South Devon College students reach finals of roofing Apprentice of Year award

Torbay Weekly

Two South Devon College students were finalists in BMI’s Apprentice of the Year competition.

The competition was a challenging and exciting two-day, pitched and flat roofing competition at the BMI Academy.

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

It was a steep competition, with all 13 pitched and flat roofing finalists demonstrating consistency and excellence in many areas during the event.

Competitors were tested on a multitude of subjects including practical demonstration, presentation, business planning, and technical skills.

Roofing apprentice Bailey Howe was one of the eight pitched roofing finalists in the competition and Leon Bray was one of five finalists for flat roofing.

They both trained with South Devon College and are apprentices to Stormforce Roofing in Plymouth.

Bailey Howe is also a finalist in the Great British Slate Off competition.

The competition culminated with the BMI Apprentice of the Year awards dinner where all of the finalists, their tutors, employers, judges and industry stakeholders joined to celebrate the winners of the competition and the future of roofing.

“We believe supporting the future workforce and celebrating uptake of and talent within apprenticeships to be crucial to the future of roofing,” said BMI training manager Matheau Woodyatt.