The historic City of York set the scene for the APSE Building and Construction Apprentice Awards 2011 which recognised the winners from a competition of local authority apprentices from across trades throughout the UK.
Speaking about the awards, APSE National Chair, Cllr Jim Docherty said ‘Apprenticeships are so important to both local councils and their communities. Skilling local people with good trades sustains both local employment and high standards in building and construction’ .
The APSE awards also recognise the development of women in construction by encouraging and rewarding those councils that have strived to ensure there are new women apprentices across different trades.
Cllr Docherty added “When we see increasing unemployment that blights our communities I would encourage all local councils to see what they can offer in terms of apprenticeship places to both young people and older workers who may need to consider a change in career”.
The winners in each category are as follows:-
Male Building Skills kindly sponsored by UCATT
Billy Adams, a joiner from Kirklees Council.
Female Building Skills kindly sponsored by Trukrax Vehicle Racking Systems
Katie Redden, a joiner from Dumfries and Galloway Council
Male Mechanical and electrical kindly sponsored APSE
Matthew Derbyshire, an electrician from Nottingham City Homes.
Female Mechanical and electrical kindly sponsored by Consilium Technologies
Lynne Fox, an electrician from Fife Council
The full list of finalists are as follows:-
Female Mechanical and Electrical Category
Female Building Skills
Male Building Skills
Male Mechanical and Electrical