Apprentice bricklayer Liam Sargeant, 19 won ‘Apprentice / New Starter of the Year’ at the esteemed Builder and Engineer Awards while trainee assistant site manager Ashley Terron 21, was named as the ‘Apprentice Champion of the Year’ at the highly regarded City and Guilds Awards.
Both work for Redrow’s NW division at the Calderstones Grange and New Heys developments in Allerton, Liverpool.
Liam, who had already been named as ‘apprentice of the year’ by his employer Redrow and was also recently awarded the title of ‘Your Move Apprentice of the Year’, said: “I am absolutely made up to win a national award. I wasn’t expecting it at all and I’m looking forward to the opportunities that it will open up in my career. I’m extremely grateful to my colleagues and the Redrow team for supporting me, it really means a lot.”
A former student at Penketh High School in Warrington, Liam left school with nine GCSEs and took up a full time college place at Warrington Collegiate to learn bricklaying before joining Redrow as an apprentice.
Liam was nominated for the award by Redrow, with the full backing of the sub-contractor he works with, his college and his Construction Industry Training Board apprenticeship officer, all of whom had nothing but praise for his performance.
Ashley’s City and Guilds award recognises former apprentices who have made exceptional achievements since completing their qualification and go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships.
Nominated by his former college, also Warrington Collegiate, Ashley, said: “There were some amazing contenders in my category and I was so surprised that I won! But I’m over the moon. It means all the hard work I have put into my training has thoroughly paid off and that I hope I’ve been able to help and encourage more people to take up an apprenticeship which could lead to a long, rewarding and successful career.”
Both Ashley and Liam picked up their awards at separate ceremonies, Ashley’s was held in Birmingham and Liam’s in Manchester.
Paul Cromby, Redrow’s area construction manager, said: “We’re very proud of Ashley and Liam, both are very impressive individuals and I hope they continue to excel and enjoy their training at Redrow. Liam is one year ahead of schedule with his NVQ Level 3 qualification and Ashley has had a meteoric rise with several awards under his belt including being awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday List.”
One of the UK’s most successful and acclaimed housebuilders, Redrow has just been named as a Top 100 Apprentice Employer for 2014 by The National Apprenticeship Service for the 2nd year running. The company constructs around 3,500 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. About 15% of its employees are trainees.
For more information on how to follow in Liam and Ashley’s footsteps and become a Redrow apprentice visit www.redrowcareers.co.uk/Apprentices. To find out more about where the award-winning