Presenter Helen Skelton

Double celebration for top trainee Liam

A former apprentice from Warrington has scooped two top honours at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Apprenticeship Awards

Liam Sargeant, 20, who works on Redrow’s Stretton Green development, in Stretton, Cheshire, was named England Apprentice of the Year and overall GB Apprentice of the Year at the prestigious ceremony held at Plaisterers Hall, London.

His employer Redrow Homes was also named Great Britain Large Employer of the Year at the event.

Former apprentice Liam, from Great Sankey, is now a trainee site assistant after impressing his bosses with a string of awards.

He said: “I’m honoured to receive this award. Being nominated was great, but to win feels fantastic! My apprenticeship has taught me so much and given me a real confidence boost. The opportunity to train while earning a wage makes learning a set of skills a reality and I’d encourage anyone thinking about starting an apprenticeship to give it a go. I would like to thank everyone at CITB and at Redrow for all they have done for me.”

Last year Liam won the ‘Apprentice / New Starter of the Year’ title at the esteemed Builder and Engineer Awards. He has also been named as ‘apprentice of the year’ by Redrow and was also awarded the title of ‘Your Move Apprentice of the Year’.

Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow, said: “We’re very proud of Liam who already, at such a young age, has a host of titles under his belt. His latest awards are a huge achievement. He’s a fantastic ambassador for the company, helping us to promote apprenticeships to other young people and show them how hard work is recognised. We look forward to seeing his career progress to great heights.

“We’d also like to thank the team at Brickwork 365 for the valuable help and guidance they have given to Liam while he has worked alongside them on site during his apprenticeship.”

CITB are the largest provider of apprentices of the construction industry, with over 45 years’ experience of developing skilled workers. The CITB Apprenticeship Awards 2015 honoured the top apprentices and employers from Scotland, Wales and England.

One of the UK’s largest housebuilders Redrow has boosted its apprentice intake this year by 60% in a bid to reduce the skills gap. It has more than 100 bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, electrical and plumbing apprentices, plus 28 office based business administration, commercial and technical apprentices.

Redrow also has one of the industry’s best records for training and developing its staff. 15% of its workforce have official trainee status and the company also nurtures young talent through under-graduate work placements, post-graduate training and other vocational training.

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Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the WhatHouse? Awards 2014, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Redrow also collected the award for best marketing initiative at the 2014 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.