In 2011 the Contract Flooring Association and Contract Flooring Journal (CFJ) made the decision to include a new category in their annual industry awards competition in order to highlight apprenticeships. The new award was the Flooring Apprentice of the Year. The competition is now well established within the flooring industry and highlights the hard work and achievements of flooring apprentices across the UK. The competition is open to ALL flooring apprentices. Employers do not have to be CFA members to enter their apprentices for the competition.


2018 Flooring Apprentice of the Year Winner – Jordan Gayle

The CFA is delighted to announce that Jordan Gayle from A G Flooring Ltd in Manchester is this year’s winner of the 2018 Flooring Apprentice of the Year competition.

Jordan was announced winner of the competition, which was jointly promoted by CFA and CFJ, at the award ceremony on 9 May 2018 at the FITA Training Centre in Loughborough. Jordan’s father, his work mentor and college tutor were all on hand to see him receive his award in front of flooring industry representatives and sponsors of the award.  The list to the right of this page shows the generous sponsors of the event, many of whom were in attendance and were able to meet and congratulate the worthy winner. The Flooring Apprentice of the Year award is made possible through the generosity of the sponsors, who are able to show that they value apprenticeships and believe in the importance of training within the industry.



The photographs taken on the day can be viewed in the gallery here.

In addition to the title of Flooring Apprentice of The Year, Jordan won £1000, a fabulous specialist flooring tool kit (which included named workwear, training courses, tool bags, a range of hand and power tools, adhesives, sub floor preparation products, electronic measuring equipment and accessories) and gift vouchers and cheques to the value of £500.

Garry Bateman, vice-president of the CFA, explained that competition entries were judged by a panel of industry experts and that Jordan’s entry was of a very high quality and had therefore stood out above the rest of the competition. His case study was particularly noteworthy as it showed the wide range of flooring materials Jordan has been able to work with during his apprenticeship. The CFA are proud to jointly promote this award with CFJ to show the importance the industry places on training and ensuring that fitters within the industry are competent and skilled.

Jordan didn’t enter the flooring industry straight from school, as he initially competed at taekwondo after joining the national team in 2007. Having first started the sport when he was just 8 years old, Jordan proceeded to win many titles including twice being Commonwealth champion and 3 times national champion. The determination and perseverance that Jordan developed during his time as an elite athlete are valuable transferable skills which he has brought with him into the flooring industry.

Neil Armstrong, Jordan’s site supervisor commented, “I’m sure with all the new equipment and the extra courses provided by the sponsors, this will enable Jordan to excel his career even further. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Jordan; he works hard and is very talented at what he does, he is an extremely worthy winner of this title.”

In support of Jordan’s competition entry Kevin McLean, Jordan’s tutor from Fullager Construction Skills Centre said: “He has provided consistently very good quality work-based evidence for his NVQ. In my opinion Jordan is on course to become a very good floorlayer in the future.”

Jordan is proud to win the industry accolade and summed up by saying, “I put a great deal of effort and work into my presentation for the 2018 Flooring Apprentice of the Year competition, so it was amazing to win, not only because of the prizes and prestigious title that comes with winning but also because by winning it meant that people who are very high up in the industry were also impressed by my work. This now gives me even more motivation to learn and improve because I know that I am definitely on the correct path.”

The Next Competition

The next competition will be launched in November and the CFA would love to see even more entries for the Flooring Apprentice of the Year for 2019. So, if you are an employer with a flooring apprentice who deserves recognition for his/her efforts, then please nominate them. Training providers: do you have an apprentice floorlayer who stands out from the crowd? Ensure that they enter the competition as “you have to be in it to win it”. And flooring apprentices – do you have what it takes to be next year’s winner? What would you do with a cash prize of £1000? You can enter yourself – so don’t be shy (you do not need to be nominated by your employer or training tutor, but they will need to provide you with a reference). Start taking photos of your work now and you’ll be half way to having a case study ready when the competition opens to find next year’s Flooring Apprentice of the Year.


Previous Winners

2017 Winner - Alistair Craig

The 2017 winner of the CFA/CFJ Apprentice of the Year competition was Alistair Craig of Lynas Carpets in Hamilton.

The prize giving of the specialist tool kit took place on the 3rd of May at the FITA Training Centre in Loughborough. Alistair received prizes generously donated by the competitions many sponsors and included Adhesives, Cash Prizes, Electronic Measuring Equipment, Finishing Products, Flooring Accessories, Hand Tools, Power Tools, Subfloor Preparation Products, Training Courses, Vouchers and Work Wear.



2016 Winner - Calum Gillies

The 2016 winner of the CFA/CFJ Apprentice of the Year competition was Calum Gillies of Islay Flooring and Home Furniture, Isle of Islay.

The prize giving took place on 5 May at the FITA Training Centre in Loughborough. Calum was presented with the Award, £500 kindly donated by CITB and officially presented by Paul Gaze of CITB.

Calum also received prizes generously donated by the competitions many sponsors and included Adhesives, Cash Prizes, Electronic Measuring Equipment, Finishing Products, Flooring Accessories, Hand Tools, Power Tools, Subfloor Preparation Products, Training Courses, Vouchers and Work Wear.



2015 Winner - Lewis Hoe

Lewis Hoe, of Floorserve Ltd, Doncaster, was the CFA/CFJ Apprentice of the Year 2015. In its third year, the Award recognised the achievements of apprentices and aims to encourage more young people to join the flooring industry.

The award presentation took place at the annual CFJ/CFA Awards luncheon - hosted at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and was attended by over 50 leading industry figures.

Alongside the prestigious award, Lewis was presented with a cheque for £500 from the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board); a specialist, professional toolkit and a FITA training course of the winner's choice (including overnight accommodation). The award and cheque were presented by CITB Chief Executive, Adrian Belton, who was the keynote speaker at the event. Lewis then received his specialist tool kit at the FITA Training Centre.



2014 Winner - Jakub Arciuszkiewicz

Jakub Arciuszkiewicz, of Hyde Flooring Co Ltd in Preston, was the proud winner of the CFA/CFJ Apprentice of the Year 2014 Award.

Alongside the prestigious Award, Jakub was presented with a cheque for £500 from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), a specialist professional toolkit, a FITA training course of the winner's choice (including overnight accommodation) and an invitation to the CFJ Awards Lunch.

The presentation of the Award and £500 took place during the annual CFJ/CFA Awards lunch, which was held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and attended by over 50 leading industry figures. The presentation of the toolkit took place at the FITA Training Centre on 7 May.



2013 Winner - Jamie Daniel

The 2013 CFA/CFJ Flooring Industry Awards included a new category – Apprentice of the Year – which was won by Jamie Daniel, from J Daniel Carpet & Flooring Ltd.

Along with the prestigious accolade, Jamie received a specialist professional toolkit, with tools donated by Bosch, Bostik, CITB, F Ball, Floorwise, Interfloor, Janser, Kährs, Personna, Snickers Workwear, Spotnails, Sweeney Todd Blades, T&R Floor Covering Distributors Ltd and Uzin. Jamie also received a £500 cash prize donated by CITB and a complementary training course at FITA.