The CITB Apprenticeship Awards took place on 7 November at Merchant Taylor’s Hall, London. The event saw nine young apprentices and three employers from across England, Scotland and Wales commended for their commitment to their construction apprenticeships.
The winners were presented with their awards by broadcaster and property entrepreneur, Sarah Beeny, best known for presenting UK shows such as Property Ladder, Streets Ahead and Britain's Best Homes.
The 13 winners are:
Apprentice of the Year Category
Zoe Evans; painter and decorator; Llanelli - Apprentice of the Year, Wales and overall GB Apprentice of the Year
Shayne Davis; bricklayer; Trowbridge – Apprentice of the Year, England
John McMenamin; plasterer; Greenock –Apprentice of the Year, Scotland
Inspirational Apprentices of the Year
Joshua Williams; bricklayer; Tylorstown, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Kieran Learmonth; joiner; Stenness, Orkney
Andrew Sykes; bricklayer; Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Kenny Sandison; scaffolder; Liverpool
David Voss; ground worker; Colchester, Essex
Specialised Applied Programme Learner of the Year
Richardas Kukoris; sheet metal roofer; London
Large Employer of the Year
Berkeley Homes (Capital) PLC; Cobham
SME Employer of the Year
Lloyd & Gravell Ltd; Llanelli
Micro Employer of the Year
Airborne Bathroom Services; Liverpoool
The Workplace Mentor of the Year category was introduced this year. It recognises those who provide practical support and personal guidance to apprentices, enabling them to develop professionally and personally.
Workplace Mentor of the Year
Douglas Gibb; Aberdeen City Council
Kevin Mcloughlin, CITB board member and founder and Managing Director of Mcloughlin Decorating, said: “This ceremony has been nothing short of inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the finalists’ stories and especially about the work employers are doing for their apprentices. CITB continue to support people in their construction careers and the employers who make this possible. Congratulations to everyone”.