A female joiner apprentice from Cumbria has won the prestigious SkillBuild Apprentice of the Year Award.
Sarah Semley, 25, from Barrow-on-Furness was presented with the award by television celebrity Alexander Armstrong during CITB’s Pride of Construction Awards ceremony at Old Billingsgate in London last night.
After receiving the award, which recognises the very best in construction talent, Sarah, who works for Evergreen Joiners Ltd of Ulverston, said, “I am thrilled to receive such a fantastic award in recognition of my apprenticeship as a joiner.
“I was inspired to become a joiner after seeing how much my mum enjoyed working as a tiler. Working alongside her gave me an insight into the different job opportunities within the trade, and meant I was able to talk to people working in joinery at the same time.
“The team I work with is predominantly male but, by following in my mum’s footsteps, I’ve proved that if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and work your hardest, women can be just as successful as men in practical, hands-on roles.
“This is a tremendous industry and I am proud to be a part of it. I would encourage any female with an interest in starting a career in a trade to look into the opportunities available in joinery.”
Mike Bialyj, CITB Customer Services Director, said, “Sarah is an outstanding young apprentice and a worthy winner of the SkillBuild Apprentice of the Year Award.
"We are delighted to recognise and credit her achievements as she excels in her chosen profession.
“Sarah is a credit to the industry and all of us at CITB wish her further success in her career.”
Alex Hutt, Director of Evergreen Joiners Ltd, said, “I am delighted that Sarah has won this award. She is a very loyal and very reliable employee, and is an incredibly fast learner.”