Yorkshire-based Kier Building Maintenance apprentices have celebrated success at award ceremonies across the country. Jordan Dean was named Young Builder of the Year in the 14 to 16-year-old category at the national Youthbuild UK Awards, while Abu Turay was named runner up at the South Yorkshire Construction Training Group’s Achievement in the Face of Adversity Award. A further two apprentices were honoured at the JTL South Yorkshire Apprentice of the Year Awards with Stephen Wood taking top prize and Raegan Lee-Goulding short-listed.
The Young Builder of the Year Awards recognise the progress that trainees make as well as the formal qualifications they gain. Having previously studied at the Construction Design Centre, which has close links with Kier and is located on site at its Sheffield depot, Jordan did several weeks of work experience on joinery projects with Kier Sheffield’s City Stewardship supervisors, Andy Bandoo and Alan Smith. He was then successful in gaining an apprenticeship with Kier Sheffield and began working as an apprentice joiner in August last year on portable cabins
The Achievement in the Face of Adversity Award aims to give recognition and reward to local people who have made significant achievements in their development at work and under difficult personal circumstances. Abu received a trophy and a cheque for Â£250.
Kier Sheffield apprentice Stephen started his career on the City Stewardship programme and has just gone into the third year of his apprenticeship with Kier Building Maintenance. Raegan is an apprentice plumber at Kier Building Maintenance Barnsley and has been working with supervisors Jon Beardsall and Terry Blyth for three years.
Kier Building Maintenance East regional managing director, Simon Bullen, said: “Apprentices provide us with invaluable fresh talent which drives our business forward into the future and we are always looking for enthusiastic youngsters with a passion for the industry. Having our apprentices recognised nationally is an outstanding achievement.
“We are extremely proud of all our apprentices who have made remarkable starts to their careers. We strive to offer excellent training opportunities to new recruits who can learn valuable trades, including plumbing, heating-fitting, joinery, plastering, gas-fitting and electrical.””
Kier Building Maintenance East took on 19 new apprentices in 2010, all of whom are embarking on three or four-year apprenticeships. Fourteen of these new recruits are at Kier Sheffield, two at Kier Building Maintenance Leeds, two at Kier Building Maintenance Hull and one at Kier Building Maintenance Barnsley.