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“I’ve no doubt that this award will enhance my career”

We spoke to Civil Engineer Apprentice Russell Beale, winner of last year’s Wales Apprentice of the Year category, to find out what it meant to win and how the recognition has helped his career in construction.

What did it feel like to be named as Wales’ best CITB Apprentice?

Being named as the 2017 Wales Apprentice of the Year gave me great pride. I was overwhelmed that all of the hard work I did during my two-year apprenticeship was rewarded.

How do you think it will benefit your career?

It has given me extra motivation to carry on at university and to continue to progress within construction to reach my goal of becoming a chartered engineer.

I’ve no doubt that the award will enhance my career and help me become more recognised within the industry. I believe it will provide exciting opportunities to expand my knowledge and experience in the future.

What advice would you give to other CITB apprentices?

My advice to apprentices reading this would be to work hard to get nominated for the CITB Awards as it can really help kick-start a career and enhance your prospects.

Why should employers nominate their apprentices for recognition?

Winning provides a fantastic opportunity to build relationships and make links with other qualified professionals within the industry, who may assist apprentices later on in their career. I’d encourage employers and those who support apprenticeships to nominate an apprentice that they feel deserve the award.

What did you enjoy about the national awards ceremony?

I had a fantastic time at the CITB Awards and it was great to meet so many other apprentices and employers who were also nominated in other categories. I was proud to fly the flag for Wales and it really was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and something I will always be proud of. Good luck to everyone who gets nominated this year and enjoy the experience!

Feeling inspired? The CITB Apprenticeship Awards are open to CITB apprentices across all trades who are due to achieve a level 2 or level 3 qualification by the end of June in Scotland, or July in Wales and England.