21 Nov 2016

Education, Learning and Skills

Young talent celebrated at the On Site Bristol Apprentice Awards 2016

Bristol’s future construction professionals have been recognised at a special awards ceremony held at Ashton Court Mansion on Tuesday 15th November.
Almost 150 attendees from the construction industry gathered to celebrate their hard work and dedication over the past 12 months with awards presented to some in recognition of their outstanding achievements. The awards recognise the excellence and determination of the apprentices, as well as their employer’s investment in them.
Apprentice electricians, plumbers, carpenters, bricklayers and many other trades were joined by their families, Councillor Jeff Lovell, Lord Mayor of Bristol, and construction industry leaders  Rebecca Tregarthen from VINCI Construction Ltd and Julie Timothy of Bouyges UK.
With just under 300 apprentices on the programme, in employment, the On Site Bristol partnership, led by Bristol City Council, focuses on developing trade and lifelong learning skills. Established in 1996, the partnership has an outstanding record of providing access to employment with the promise of skills and personal development. Working with over 250 construction employers in the region, the partnership has ensured over 90% of their apprentices achieve their qualifications on time.
The Lord Mayor said: “It’s an honour to be asked to present these awards to such a dedicated and hard working group of young people. They are testament to the important role apprenticeships play in supporting the development of talent and supporting vital industries such as construction. Many congratulations to them all.”
Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Apprenticeships are an important pathway into work for many young people and an invaluable source of talent and skill for employers, particularly those plying a skilled trade. These awards recognise the role that apprentices play in the workplace and pay testament to the foresight of employers who see the benefits of supporting construction industry in this way.
“I am delighted to see Bristol City Council apprentices and the Housing Delivery team recognised with four awards from seven nominations. We are committed to giving young people opportunities to learn their trade whilst having hands on experience of the working environment. Together with their talent and desire to learn our apprentices are helping us to deliver better quality council housing to Bristol tenants. Congratulations to all on this success.”

This year’s award winners are:
 Employer of the Year (Small Medium Enterprise)
o Build Evolution
o SWDS Ltd
 Employer of the Year (Large Company)
o Bristol City Council – Housing Delivery
 1st Year Apprentice
o Myles Nelson
 2nd Year apprentice
o Harpeet Klair
 3rd Year apprentice
o Cory Mockridge
 4th Year apprentice
o James Stevens
 Carpentry & Joinery apprentice
o Oliver Maggs-Usher
 Brickwork apprentice
o Jacob Burnham
 Electrical Installation apprentice
o Joseph Steedman
 Plumbing apprentice
o Toby Carter
 Plastering apprentice x 2
o Ben Scrivens
o Alex Shepstone
 Painting & Decorating Apprentice of the year 
o Alice Pinnell
 Supporting Apprenticeships award
o Gregor Heating, Electrical & Renewable Energy
 Tutor of the Year Award 
o James Touhig
 Skills Build Recognition
o Zak Humphries
o Jacob Burnham
o Alex Shepstone
o Connor Hamer
o Tom Gazzard
o Jack Sidwell
o Ben Scrivens
o Gabriel Warren
 Workplace champion of the year
o Daron Campho - Bristol City Council
 Special Achievement Award x 2
o Luke Hawkes
o Josh Walker
 Apprentice of the Year
o Zak Humphries