Local apprentices’ achievements celebrated at the Construction Apprentice of the Year Awards

Outstanding local construction apprentices have been awarded for their efforts and abilities at an awards ceremony held at this year’s Apprenticeship Jobs Fair, an annual joint venture between Building Plymouth and the Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group, which coincides with the end of National Apprenticeship Week 2020.

A shortlist of seven finalists in the Building Plymouth Construction Awards

From a shortlist of seven finalists, two overall winners were announced as the Construction Technical Apprentice of the Year and the Construction Trade Apprentice of the Year, in Plymouth Guildhall. The awards event also saw The Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group announce their four category winners from a list of twelve finalists. Presenting the construction awards were last year’s winners, Emma Nicholls and Tom Taylor.

The Building Plymouth Construction Award winners are…

Congratulations go to Rebekah Holden, the overall winner of the Ron Simmonds Construction Trade Apprentice of the Year. Rebekah is undertaking an advanced Level 3 apprenticeship in decorative occupations, working with Eliza Tay Lady Decorator and studying at City College Plymouth.

Chris Watts has been awarded the Building Plymouth Construction Technical Apprentice of the Year. Congratulations to Chris who is undertaking a degree apprenticeship in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management with Obedair Construction, whilst studying at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Also commended for the high standards they have shown in their achievements and skills developed during their apprenticeships were the five finalists:
• Matty Pilkington, Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship in Trowel Occupations with KCC Builders and Skills Group Ltd
• Connor Fennell, Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Constructing Contracting Operations and Construction in the Built Environment with Shared Apprenticeships South West, The Hub and SGS Filton
• Jimmy James Miller, Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship in Roofing with Kevin Purdy & Sons, Hot Roofing and South Devon College
• Chris Roberts, Advanced Level 3 Electrical Apprenticeship with Whitehead Building Services Ltd, JTL and Focus Training
• Louis Wilson, Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Carpentry with Barratt Homes and CITB at City College Plymouth

Find out more about the event and the awards, and listen to our winners talking about their apprenticeships and achievements

The South West – a construction hotspot

Latest figures show that the South West of England is one of the best performing areas of the UK for construction and that the region will need 27,200 new workers during 2019-2023. Plymouth’s public sector capital pipeline alone amounts to almost £3bn in the period up to 2024 – the Apprentice awards and the Apprenticeship Jobs Fair are a testament to just how important it is to ensure the city has the skilled workforce ready to enable the delivery of all these exciting projects locally, across the region and beyond.

Why apprenticeships work

Apprenticeships work: they offer a valid alternative route into careers at all levels, from school leavers through to those looking for a change in direction and they provide businesses with the skills they need to support improved productivity and competitiveness. The Apprenticeship Jobs Fair is the result of the city’s two high growth sectors, construction and manufacturing, working together to promote the wide and diverse range of apprenticeship opportunities available for local people. It is a chance for local people to ‘look beyond’ the typical stereotypes and learn more about the breadth of careers and fantastic opportunities available here in Plymouth.

Well done to all of the apprentices – congratulations on your success.