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 15 November.

Over 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 Bouygues UK.

With 300 On Site Bristol apprentices on scheme, the Bristol City Council Employment Skills and Learning team, focuses on developing trade and lifelong learning skills. Established in 1996, On Site Bristol 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 On Site Bristol ensures over 90% of graduates achieve higher level skills and great future careers.

“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 Jeff Lovell, Lord Mayor of Bristol

“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. On Site Bristol play a key role in creating and curating opportunities for young people and have built a hugely successful record of supporting the development of their apprentices. These awards recognise the role apprentices play in the workplace and pay testament to the foresight of employers who see the benefits of supporting the 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.”

Cllr Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities

This year’s award winners are:

  • Employer of the Year (Small Medium Enterprise)

Build Evolution

SWDS Ltd

  • Employer of the Year (Large Company)

Bristol City Council – Housing Delivery

  • 1st Year Apprentice

Myles Nelson

  • 2nd Year apprentice 

Harpeet Klair

  • 3rd Year apprentice

Cory Mockridge

  • 4th Year apprentice

James Stevens

  • Carpentry & Joinery apprentice

Oliver Maggs-Usher

  • Brickwork apprentice

Jacob Burnham

  • Electrical Installation apprentice

Joseph Steedman

  • Plumbing apprentice

Toby Carter

  • Plastering apprentice x 2

Ben Scrivens

Alex Shepstone

  • Painting & Decorating Apprentice of the year

Alice Pinnel

  • Supporting Apprenticeships award

Gregor Heating, Electrical & Renewable Energy

  • Tutor of the Year Award

James Touhig

  • Skills Build Recognition

Zak Humphries

Jacob Burnham

Alex Shepstone

Connor Hamer

Tom Gazzard

Jack Sidwell

Ben Scrivens

Gabriel Warren

  • Workplace champion of the year

Daron Campho – Bristol City Council

  • Special Achievement Award x 2

Luke Hawkes

Josh Walker

  • Apprentice of the Year

Zak Humphries

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