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Apprentice of the Year: Finalists

Skills remains a hot topic in construction and these five apprentices show there are great newcomers breaking into the industry across a range of different disciplines.

Specialists 2017 Apprentice Corin Atkinson

Specialists 2017 Apprentice Corin Atkinson

Corin Atkinson, Dodd Group

Corin Atkinson has set exemplary standards for professionalism and commitment while at Dodd Group, taking everything in his stride.

He recently took on responsibilities from another member of staff who left the business, taking it all on and completing the administrative work to the highest standard without any formal training. He completed his Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration quickly and is now working towards his BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.

Specialists 2017 Apprentice Paul Cairns

Specialists 2017 Apprentice Paul Cairns

Paul Cairns, Nationwide Platforms

Paul Cairns has been involved in a range of activities at Nationwide’s Glasgow workshop from general repairs to servicing and rebuilding sections of machines.

He has gained exceptionally high marks in college coursework and exams, and adopted a senior role within the winning team that took part in the company’s apprenticeship initiative programme, the Savannah Project, to restore two end-of-life boom lifts back into top condition. This machine, which Paul helped restore, is now being hired out across the UK, with all rental proceeds donated to the Zoological Society of London.

Specialists 2017 Apprentice Tom Davies

Specialists 2017 Apprentice Tom Davies

Thomas Davies, AR Demolition

A dedicated and valued member of the AR Demolition team, Thomas Davies is studying for a Demolition Level 2 NVQ, which requires additional hours of study on top of his apprenticeship.

He has been involved in some of the company’s biggest projects to date, which has required him to work long hours and weekends away from home, and he has shown great initiative by coming in early to help others.

Thomas has shown a genuine passion for demolition and, in many cases, is considered a right-hand man by AR’s site managers.

Specialists 2017 Apprentice Daniel Holdcroft Novus

Specialists 2017 Apprentice Daniel Holdcroft Novus

Daniel Holdcroft, Novus Property Solutions

Novus’ internal apprentice of the year in 2015, Daniel Holdcroft has continued to develop his skills and flourish in his role as an ambassador for the company.

Daniel has regularly put in extra time at college to make preparations for national painting competitions, performing admirably at events held by Dulux, Skillbuild and Johnstone’s, and was runner-up at the PDA painting competition, too.

In August 2016, Daniel was invited to speak to the new apprentice intake at Keele University – acting as a role model for others and showing the best of the industry.

Specialists 2017 Apprentice Paul Lancaster

Specialists 2017 Apprentice Paul Lancaster

Paul Lancaster, AR Demolition

Paul Lancaster was an integral part of the planning and execution of AR Demolition’s Apprentice Day in June 2016, acting as apprentice ambassador after winning company apprentice of the year.

The demolition specialist received seven applications from attendees at the apprentice day – a testament to Paul’s work spending time with them.

His initiative extends far beyond being an apprentice plant operative, suggesting health and safety innovations and showing a keen eye for design.

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