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Apprentice of the Year

Skills is a hot topic – here are eight apprentices who represent a bright future for the industry.

Alex Shaw, Billington Structures

Alex Shaw Billington Structures

Alex has joined Billington from Barnsley College where, after two years, he achieved his Level 2 qualification in Fabrication & Welding.

He has progressed above and beyond what was expected within the first 12 months of his time with the company, becoming involved in advanced projects and climbing two skill levels higher since joining.

He used his own initiative to design a new piece of safety equipment for the company’s factory, which is now being developed by the wider business and will be put into production.

Ashley Craig, Bourne Construction Engineering

Ashley Craig Bourne Construction Engineering

Ashley Craig started with the Bourne Group in September 2011 and is in the third and final year of his welding apprenticeship with Bournemouth and Poole College.

He has completed his coursework seven months early, enabling him to start working on TIG welding, an extra module not included in his syllabus.

Ashley is highly motivated and his enthusiasm has rubbed off on colleagues around him.

He also has experience of working on complex projects including Gatwick Airport and Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility.

Beth Thompson, AR Demolition

Beth Thompson AR Demolition

Joining AR Demolition in 2010, Beth Thompson quickly became a valued member of the team.

Exhibiting great potential straight away, her genuine enthusiasm for demolition and machinery was evident and created a strong foundation for her learning.

She has taken every opportunity to improve her skills, demonstrating a simulator at the Hillhead show and leading on community liaisons at an important job for Cherwell District Council.

Chris Cameron, NG Bailey

Chris Cameron NG Bailey

Academically, Chris Cameron never settles for less than excellence with 100 per cent distinction achieved to date in every task he has undertaken on his apprenticeship.

He was based on the Liverpool Street Crossrail project for NG Bailey for approximately 18 months, managing the MEP package that would usually be associated with a more experienced project engineer – and he rose to the challenge.

Chris is also the first NG Bailey apprentice to be put onto the Institute of Leadership and Management programme – two years before he completes his apprenticeship.

James Malloy, Lafarge Tarmac

James Malloy Lafarge Tarmac

As the first-ever apprentice that Lafarge Tarmac’s Wales-based contracting team recruited in 2012, James Malloy has set a very high benchmark for all others that have followed.

In 2014, he secured a place on the BSc Hons Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management degree course at the University of Glamogran, and was responsible for a number of accounts ranging in value from £10,000 to £150,000 for important clients.

His high attention to detail ensures that all work is completed to the highest standards.

Jamie Harper Ptolomey, FWA Conservation

Jamie Haper Ptolomey FWA

Jamie joined FWA Conservation in 2012 and showed great potential in specialist plastering from the outset.

In 2014 he was instrumental in helping to return the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to its former glory, and was responsible for remoulding and repairing 3D figures on a large frieze that were crumbling away.

He has been involved in some of FWA’s most high-profile projects in recognition of his potential and passion, and his attitude has seen him inspire younger apprentices – so much so that a plasterer’s guild selected him to demonstrate pargetting in educational videos.

Maddie Wallace, AFI

Maddie Wallace AFI

Maddie Wallace, a second-year apprentice in AFI’s support services team, has quickly become an integral part of the company.

She has maintained an exceptional work rate with excellent attention to detail, and has also proved an extremely quick learner, appreciating how the support function fits in with the wider requirements of the business.

Maddie is now undertaking her Level 3 NVG in Business Admin and has become one of the most versatile members of the admin service team at AFI.

Paul Reilly, Keltbray

Paul Reilly Keltbray

Paul Reilly was offered an apprenticeship in Plant Maintenance and Repair Level 2 with Kelbtray after taking part in The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Get into Plant Mechanics’ programme.

He completed this in 2014 at the National Construction College and embarked on a Level 3 apprenticeship.

Paul has increased in confidence hugely and shown grit and determination by attending early revision classes for subjects in which he was struggling.

His strong work ethic and positive attitude have made him highly respected by his managers and peers.

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