The winners are...

Announcing the winners of this year’s Building Plymouth Construction Apprentice of the Year and the PMG Apprentice of the Year awards

The inspiring contribution and impressive ability our local construction apprentices have shown over the last, difficult year has been recognised through the 2021 Building Plymouth Construction Apprentice of the Year awards.
Coinciding with this year’s National Apprenticeship Week 2021, the awards were announced virtually today, Wednesday 10 February.
Paying tribute to the dedication and effort they have made despite all the issues 2021 has thrown at them, Councillor Tudor Evans OBE praised their tenacity and strength in continuing their training and making such a positive and lasting difference to their employers, work mates and industry.

A shortlist of nineteen finalists in the Building Plymouth Construction Awards

From a shortlist of nineteen exceptional finalists, two overall winners have been chosen as the Construction Technical Apprentice of the Year and the Construction Trade Apprentice of the Year. The Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group has also announced their four category winners.

And the Building Plymouth Construction Award winners are…

A big well done and congratulations to SOPHIE GRAHAM, the overall winner of the Ron Simmonds Construction Trade Apprentice of the Year.
Sophie is currently undertaking an intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship in painting and decorating with BLKC Decorators and studying at City College Plymouth.

TOMMY BURR has been awarded the Building Plymouth Construction Technical Apprentice of the Year. Congratulations to Tommy for his impressive performance and input with Midas Construction as he works towards his Higher Level 4 in Construction Contracting Operations and Construction in the Built Environment Level 4 at Exeter College.

Highly commended and finalists

Also commended for the high standards they have shown in their achievements and skills developed during their apprenticeships were the seventeen finalists:

The Ron Simmonds Construction Trade Apprentice of the Year

Highly commended
• Henry Powell: NVQ Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery with Barratt Homes and Stephenson College
• Steven Price: Intermediate Level Plastering with Plymouth Community Homes and City College Plymouth

Finalist
• Lewis Chapman: Intermediate Level 2 in Carpentry with TEC Construction and City College Plymouth
• Thomas Swabey: Intermediate Level 2 in Carpentry with Plymouth Preservation and City College Plymouth
• Stuart Willcocks: Intermediate Level 2 in Painting and Decorating and Industrial Painting with Kaefer and City College Plymouth
• Dawson Rawlins: Advanced Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery with Robert P Barry Ltd and City College Plymouth
• Brodie Notman: Intermediate Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery with Andrews Building and Carpentry Ltd and City College Plymouth
• Joshua Edwards: Intermediate Level 2 in Plastering with Bray Building and Development Ltd and City College Plymouth
• Ryan Rowe: Intermediate Level 2 in Painting and Decorating and Industrial Painting with Kaefer and City College Plymouth
• Oscar Quintrell: Intermediate Level 2 in Site Carpentry with Creative Construction and City College Plymouth
• Harry Jackson: Intermediate Level Bricklaying with Barratt Homes and Stephenson College
• Joe Beaton: Intermediate Level 2 in Painting and Decorating with Davidsons Décor and City College Plymouth
• Jakub Spiewak: Intermediate Level 2 in Industrial Painting with Kaefer and City College Plymouth
• Leon Bray: Intermediate Level 2 in Roofing with Stormforce Roofing and South Devon College
• Bailey Howe: Intermediate Level 2 in Roofing with Stormforce Roofing and South Devon College

Building Plymouth Construction Technical Apprentice of the Year

Highly commended
• Helen Bennett: Higher Level 4 in Construction Management with Kier and City College Plymouth/ Plymouth University
• Emma Jarvis: Intermediate Level 2 in Electrical Engineering with Services Design Solution and Exeter College

Why apprenticeships work

Apprenticeships work because they offer a valid alternative route into careers at all levels, from school leavers through to those looking for a change in direction. They are completely inclusive, open to anyone aged 16 and up, with no upper age limit, enabling both businesses and the apprentice to benefit and make the best possible use of skills, commitment and experience needed to support improved productivity and competitiveness across a wide range of industries.

Well done to all of the apprentices nominated – congratulations on your success and wonderful contribution to Plymouth’s thriving economy.

To find out more about this year’s awards and view all of the finalist and winners please click here >> Apprentice Awards 2021_PowerPoint.pdf

Listen to our winners from the 2020 awards at the Apprenticeship Job Fair talking about their apprenticeships and achievements