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Apprentice of the Year – Finalists

This year’s award is contested by apprentices from across the trades who have all demonstrated excellent promise, commitment and initiative.

Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Jessie Andrews Michael J Lonsdale

Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Jessie Andrews Michael J Lonsdale

Jessie Andrews – Michael J Lonsdale

Jessie joined Michael J Lonsdale straight from school and has completed her first year as an apprentice quantity surveyor, demonstrating an impressive ability to combine her academic lessons with services installation.

In an effort to become more familiar with her work, she has conducted practical studies at home, returning them for inspection and critique by her trade supervisors. Jessie has also been proactive in taking responsibility for the smooth running of the company’s subcontract payment process, ensuring notices are issued, acknowledged and, if necessary, readdressed.

Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Corey Dolan Dodd Group

Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Corey Dolan Dodd Group

Corey Dolan – Dodd Group

Corey joined Dodd Group in May 2016 as a site administrator working on the Wolverhampton Civic Centre project. Showing the ability and willingness to become more involved with the engineering side of the business, in September 2016 Corey approached managing director John Kavanagh asking to be considered for a position as a trainee engineer at South & City College Birmingham.

She has demonstrated excellent engagement in her first year on the course, achieving distinctions in the majority of her modules, while becoming more heavily involved in site management. Dodd says Corey has been integral to her site, consistently achieving a score in excess of 97 per cent on monthly health and safety audits.

Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Ryan Fair Fife Council

Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Ryan Fair Fife Council

Ryan Fair – Fife Council, Building Services

Ryan is third-year plumbing apprentice and has drawn praise for his exceptional ability in terms of his practical skills and knowledge of his trade.

He has gained experience in housing maintenance, ranging from fitting baths to installing kitchens. Ryan is actively involved in daytime emergency work, replacing gas central heating systems, carrying out servicing, undertaking fault-finding and repairing domestic gas appliances. His journeymen, supervisors and mentors have all been impressed with his positive attitude and work ethic.

Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Scott Large Michael J Lonsdale

Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Scott Large Michael J Lonsdale

Scott Large – Michael J Lonsdale

His employer says Scott has proved himself to be a model apprentice, attending internal training courses to improve his commercial knowledge, estimating, procurement, health and safety, engineering and disputes resolution.

He has undertaken a number of RICS courses and is currently approaching the end of his HND in surveying course. Scott has shown such knowledge and advancement that he has been awarded with his own project at a value of £3m. This will require both internal reporting and external client and subcontract management, which the company is confident he can deliver.

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Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Tyler Pearce Lee Marley Brickwork

Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Tyler Pearce Lee Marley Brickwork

Tyler Pearce – Lee Marley Brickwork

Tyler was identified by one of Lee Marley’s contracts managers during a visit to a practical lesson at Brooklands College, where he was studying. Having won an inter-college competition and the junior category of the Guild of Bricklayers Competition (London region), Tyler progressed to the national final where he finished third.

He joined Lee Marley in early 2017 and his aptitude was rewarded with a place on a high-end brick facade project at Kings College, Wimbledon, with Interserve. His abilities were deemed sufficient for him to bypass the traditional route of assisting bricklayers and be put to work immediately with a face-work gang.

Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Liam Simpson Cleveland Bridge

Specialists Awards 2018 Apprentice Liam Simpson Cleveland Bridge

Liam Simpson – Cleveland Bridge

Liam joined Cleveland Bridge after he suffered an injury which ended his army career. His commanding officer had commended him on his “adaptability and intelligence”, which helped him gain the ECITB Level 3 advanced apprenticeship diploma with Cleveland Bridge.

He has worked on numerous high-profile and complex structures on projects such as the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and London Bridge station. Cleveland Bridge says Liam currently works in the most complex part of its factory, and is involved in a range of activities from trial erections on a rail bridge in Newport through to heavy fabrication on the A14.

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