Warrington apprentice in the running for national award
A trainee bricklayer for homebuilder Redrow has been named as a finalist in the esteemed Builder and Engineer Awards 2014.
Liam Sargeant, 19, from Great Sankey, Warrington, who works for Redrow’s NW division, has been shortlisted in the ‘Apprentice / New Starter of the Year’ category.
Liam will find out if he is a winner at the ceremony at Manchester’s The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, on November 13.
The tenth annual Builder and Engineer Awards will bring together the construction industry’s best and brightest to celebrate the stand-out achievements of the last 12 months. This year’s event will be the first time an award has been presented to an apprentice or new starter.
No stranger to winning ways, Liam was named ‘apprentice of the year’ for 2014 by his employer Redrow. He’s only at the end of his second year but has already done everything he needs to secure an NVQ Level 3 – one year ahead of schedule.
He is based at Redrow’s Calderstones Grange development in Liverpool. A former student at Penketh High School in Warrington, he left school with nine GCSEs and took up a full time college place at Warrington Collegiate to learn bricklaying. With the support of the college, Liam, who also plays rugby league for Oldham under 20s, successfully applied for an apprenticeship with Redrow.
He said: “Being an apprentice is a real eye opener to the industry. You meet new people, learn new skills and gain an insight into other people’s skills as well as your own, all while earning a wage. I’m excited to be shortlisted for this award and looking forward to the ceremony.”
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.
Paul Cromby, Redrow’s area construction manager, said: “Liam is a great team player but he’s also a self-starter who can work well under his own initiative. He’s far ahead of where we would expect him to be at this point of an apprenticeship and is capable of doing a wide range of tasks.”
Zack Clarkson, managing director of Brickwork 365, says Liam is simply “leaps and bounds” ahead of any other apprentice they’ve worked with.
Having launched in 2004, the Builder & Engineer Awards is now in its tenth year and continues to reward the hard work and creativity of those working in the industry.
To find out more about the awards visit http://awards.builderandengineer.co.uk/
For more information on how to follow in Liam’s footsteps and become a Redrow apprentice visit www.redrowcareers.co.uk/Apprentices.
Currently celebrating its 40th year, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family 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 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and four consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Redrow also collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 and 2013 What House? Awards; the award for best marketing initiative at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.