The winners of the BMI Apprentice of the Year 2023 have been announced after two days of competition to find the best apprentices in pitched and flat roofing.
Taking home the title of BMI Redland Apprentice of the Year in the Pitched Roofing category was Euan Forsyth, an apprentice at Mithril Roofing and training at Fife College.
Charlie Plant, an apprentice at Sussex Asphalte Ltd who trains at Simian, claimed the BMI Icopal Apprentice of the Year award in the Flat Roofing category.
Reflecting the incredibly high standard across the competition, judges recognised two other apprentices as Highly Commended in their categories. Flat roofing apprentice, Joseph Potts of Complete Roofing Systems, and pitched roofing apprentice, Christopher Burns of JLC Roofing, each took home the Highly Commended award.
Over the two-day competition, 20 finalists showcased their abilities across a range of disciplines, from hands-on skills and teamwork through to marketing and business acumen.
Simon Dixon, technical training manager of the BMI Academy, said: “The standard in this year’s final was absolutely phenomenal and everybody on the judging panel was blown away by the dedication and enthusiasm the apprentices showed for their profession.
“All of the finalists took great pride in their work and were ready to take on every challenge that was put to them. It was great to see each of them grow and develop so much over just two days, which shows just how bright their futures are in our industry.
“Of course, two apprentices stood out, and they were Euan and Charlie. They should both be very proud of what they have achieved – and we can’t wait to see where their careers take them.”
As well as claiming the prestigious title of BMI Apprentice of the Year, the winners received a £1,000 cash prize and three years’ worth of training support from the BMI Academy.
Charlie Plant said: “It’s a great feeling to have won and be able to say that I’m 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.”
Euan Forsyth said: “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.”