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Apprentice of the Year: Winner

Winner: David Miles – NG Bailey

After opting to take an apprenticeship ahead of a place at university on the advice of his grandad, NG Bailey’s David Miles was praised as a great example of what a newcomer to the industry can achieve.

The judges said it was clear David was “destined for big things” after demonstrating exceptional progress in his three years at NG Bailey, taking on responsibilities far beyond those expected of someone of his age and experience.

They recognised that he was already making a significant contribution to NG Bailey with his crucial work and leadership on multi-million-pound projects across the country.

David began his apprenticeship on the fit-out of a Morrison’s supermarket and the company quickly identified his promise, putting him onto a £5m M&E installation contract to install all the mechanical and electrical services at Southampton’s Civic Centre.

During the work, David took on and excelled in a number of roles including design development, package management and procurement.

“David came across as supremely confident, he has a keen eye for detail, technical knowledge above his years and it is clear he has massive ambition”

Judges’ comment

His most recent project called for an apartment supervisor and package manager role on a residential development, which was delivered ahead of schedule.

On all of these projects, the judging panel said it was clear David played a big part in their successful completion. This was backed up by the glowing testimonials he received from colleagues and managers.

His enthusiasm in taking on a wide variety of roles was commended, as was his ability to adapt to a huge range of situations.

Alongside his day-to-day work, David has ensured he has picked up a number of qualifications, including a City and Guilds, BTEC and a PASMA that allows him to sign off and build scaffolding jobs. He has rapidly developed his skills and showed a determination to expand his understanding.

His ambition is clear, with our judges impressed to hear him say that he aims to become a managing director or CEO in future – something the panel said they wouldn’t bet against.

David has backed up all his good work with NG Bailey by promoting apprenticeships in his local area, visiting local schools and explaining what pupils can achieve in the industry.

Facing the judges on his own, David gave a confident and clear presentation, displaying a high level of technical expertise when questioned on his role and leaving the panel in no doubt they had found a deserving winner.


  • Aaron Barrett – Breyer Group
  • Conor Divilly – FK Group
  • Dean Fry – Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding
  • Tom Morris – Severfield UK
  • James Symon – Jones Bros Civil Engineering

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