The UK’s best young roofers are revealed

NFRC is delighted to announce the winners of SkillBuild, after two and half days of intense competition at the 2016 Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham. Congratulations goes to:
Gold – William Emerton – Leeds College of Building – Emerton Roofing (Western) Ltd
Silver – Sam Blount – St Austell College – Graham Barker Roofing Services Limited
Bronze – Andrew Emerton – Leeds College of Building – Emerton Roofing (Western) Ltd

Scooping the Highly Commended awards were Lee Dowding of South Wales and South West Roof Training Group (Dylan Faber Roofing), together with Liam Watson from the National Construction College Erith (West Country Tiling). All five individuals were recognised at a Gala evening ceremony hosted by World Skills UK, and the top three will go on to represent the UK Team for the Young Roofer World competition (IFD) to be held in Latvia in 2018.

Commenting on this year’s final, Livia Williams, NFRC Head of Training said: “The standard throughout the regional heats was phenomenal, so we were anticipating a highly-charged final and we weren’t proved wrong. Our eight roof slating and tiling apprentices each proved to be worthy finalists and displayed an exceptional level of skill whilst constructing their competition piece.

Livia added: “With over 50 participants in the regional heats and the final itself, it’s been another successful year for SkillBuild. We are confident that our entrants have not only helped raised the bar on roofing skills, they have created the role models we need to inspire the next generation of roofers.”

NFRC would like extend its congratulations to all winners and competitors, from the heats to the final, for taking part in this prestigious event. Acknowledgment is also given for the support provided by their mentors, colleges and employers, and to NFRC Supplier Members – John Brash & Co. Limited, Klober Ltd and Wienerberger Ltd – who have each kindly provided materials for the competition.

SkillBuild is a national competition which takes place annually to promote excellence across ten craft occupations, one of which is roofing. The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has been proud to support and oversee the event for a number of years.