A word from our winners...

Last week we announced the well-deserved winners of the Building Plymouth Construction Apprentice of the Year 2021 awards at our annual virtual event held in partnership with Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group.


Celebrating all our finalists

From a shortlist of 19 finalists across our two award categories, our winners were:

SOPHIE GRAHAM, winner of the Ron Simmonds Construction Trade Apprentice of the Year.

TOMMY BURR, Building Plymouth Construction Technical Apprentice of the Year.

Being a top apprentice

So what does Sophie, who is currently undertaking an intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship in painting and decorating with BLKC Decorators and studying at City College Plymouth, think about being an award winning apprentice?

Sophie says “I am so proud to have achieved this award, it shows that it is never too late to go back into education and change career for the best. I am so happy in my job at BLKC Decorators and having the education and competitions alongside it makes me strive to be the best I can be.
“It’s what we do as a great team at BLKC Decorators.”

And a word from Jamie, Sophie’s employer at BLKC Decorators: “Sophie is an outstanding student who prides herself in her work and will always go that extra mile to make sure it’s perfect.”

On winning his award Tommy Burr, Trainee Quantity Surveyor at Midas Construction, said: “I am very happy and proud to have won this award. To be nominated and then to win this particular award is really gratifying and makes all the hard work worthwhile. After just three years in the industry, I understand the importance of having experienced mentors at Midas to assist in my development and I thank them for all their support. I believe this award will help me going forward in the industry and develop my career in exciting and challenging areas. Having had the opportunity to be part of the teams delivering projects of significant value and undertaking a number of different roles, I consider the attainment of the award to be one of my biggest achievements working for Midas, but hopefully not the last.”

Andrew Faulkner, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Midas Construction and Tommy’s line manager, said: “I am delighted for Tommy and this award is well-earned recognition for his dedication and hard work. In all my career I’ve never worked with such a promising and well-balanced individual. The cornerstone to Tommy’s success is his exemplary attitude towards life; approaching work, education and his private life in a balanced and complementary fashion.
“Tommy has maturity, wisdom and professionalism beyond his years and the ability to operate and contribute at every level in the workplace. The high regard in which Tommy is held by everyone at Midas, our supply chain and client teams is inspirational and a reflection of his impressive ambition and desire to continuously learn, progress and contribute every day. I’m very proud and grateful to have Tommy in my team and have no doubt that in years to come, he will be a leading light in our industry.”

City Leader Cllr Tudor Evans OBE said: “It has been a pleasure to present Plymouth’s Construction and Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year Awards which has given us a great platform to shine a light on the amazing opportunities that an apprenticeship brings to employers, individuals and the economy. I would like to thank our local employers and training providers who have gone above and beyond to ensure apprentices have been able to continue their studies and on the job learning during this unprecedented time. I would also like to pay tribute to all our apprentices for their dedication and efforts in working so hard to continue advancing with their apprenticeship despite the challenges and impact of the pandemic.”

At the awards ceremony, all the finalist and highly commended construction and manufacturing apprentices were celebrated for their success and commended for the high standards they have shown in their achievements and skills developed during their apprenticeships.

You can find the full list here