Jordan Maley, a slating apprentice from South Lanarkshire College (SLC) and currently working at Owens LRJ Roofing, has won the inaugural ‘Great British Slate Off’.
Jordan was one of six student slaters from colleges across the country who competed head-to-head at the NFRC competition on 9 and 11 November 2021 at the Centre for Roofing Excellence (CoRE) in Hereford.
The slaters, who had each won initial heats at their colleges, had to show their skills in accordance with a strict specification and within time constraints. They were judged by NFRC’s National Judges and IFD mentors, Bob Coutts and Matt Timby, who were looking for craft knowledge, hand skills, precision and time management.
As the winner of the award, Jordan will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Spain with his tutor courtesy of Cupa Pizarras to visit one of their quarries, as well as a free City & Guilds Traditional Basic Leadwork craft course, courtesy of the Lead Sheet Training Academy (LSTA). He will also be awarded the Mason-Elliot Award by the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers and will be considered for the GB team for the IFD World Championship for Young Roofers.