All six finalists in this category have exceeded expectations at their companies and raised the bar for apprenticeships.
Aaron Barrett Breyer Group Apprentice Specialists 2016
Aaron Barrett, Breyer Group
Plumbing apprentice Aaron Barrett has excelled at Breyer Group, working independently on site and carrying out work to an extremely high standard. He has promoted apprenticeships at careers fairs in schools and the community, and helped produce a YouTube video with Lewisham Council as a recruitment tool.
He has also mentored a diverse range of apprentices, including NEETs and one who is auditory impaired, using a variety of communication methods to suit their needs.
Conor Divilly FK Group Apprentice Specialists 2016
Conor Divilly, FK Group
Conor Divilly joined FK Group six months before he went to Stockport College to study for a BTEQ Diploma Level 3 in Construction, demonstrating his enthusiasm to get started on a career within the industry.
He has been involved in major projects and in 2015 was chosen by the CITB as an ambassador for its apprenticeships. This has seen him take part in a series of radio interviews on the subject, and he has provided mentoring to FK Group’s fresh intake of apprentices, supplying input for the company’s new academy.
David Miles NG Bailey Apprentice Specialists 2016
David Miles, NG Bailey
Joining NG Bailey in September 2012, David Miles became lead electrical engineer on the Towlands Care Home project in Reading – a role not usually given to a third-year apprentice.
With no design, responsibility for this rested with the engineers, which David met with aplomb.
Looking after all electrical packages, David’s performance was rated Outstanding by the project manager and operations director, and he has supported the company outside of his apprenticeship remit too, promoting the industry at schools and speaking at NG Bailey’s annual apprenticeship conference.
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Dean Fry Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Apprentice Specialists 2016
Dean Fry, Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding
Dean Fry’s skills as a scaffolder have been evident in his work on major projects for Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding, including St Michael’s Mount, South Crofty Tin Mine, and Lloyds Bank in Penzance and Bristol.
In late 2014, the firm gave him the Golden Spanner Award for Scaffolder of the Year within the company due to his ongoing commitment and high standard of work.
Overcoming personal hardship, he has remained an integral part of the Chris Sedgeman team, impressing clients with his conduct on site.
James Symon Jones Bros Civil Engineering Apprentice Specialists 2016
James Symon, Jones Bros Civil Engineering
James Symon joined Jones Bros in 2014 and has shown dedication to his role while impressing colleagues with his ability and intelligence.
He worked on the Pen-y-Cymoedd wind farm project in south Wales, demonstrating impeccable punctuality at all times and quickly finding himself at home using large plant.
In addition, he and another apprentice helped out a third colleague with his paperwork while staying at a local hotel during their training period – demonstrating initiative and an interest in the wellbeing of his peers.
Tom Morris Severfield Apprentice Specialists 2016
Tom Morris, Severfield UK
Tom Morris joined Severfield in October 2014 as a plating apprentice and is the “shining star” of its 2014 apprentice pool.
He has worked on Anfield Stadium, Chelmer Viaduct and London Bridge, and is a member of Severfield’s factory committee, which meets quarterly to discuss issues and feed back to colleagues.
Highly thought of by his peers, Tom’s positive attitude and excellent work ethic has demonstrated his potential to excel in the structural engineering sector.