TWO Wearside apprentices have been rewarded for their hard work.
As part of national Apprenticeship Week, Sunderland MP Julie Elliott visited Carillion Training Centre, in Deptford, to see the valuable work being done.
While there, she presented 17-year-old Ryan Farthing and Deven Wilson, 18, with their Apprentice of the Year and Apprentice of the Month awards respectively.
She said: “I am delighted to be here rewarding the hard work and determination of these individuals, and I wish them all the best in their future careers.
“It’s so important that companies drive apprenticeship programmes and provide the opportunity to equip these young apprentices with the valuable skills and training for a career in construction.”
Ryan, who is studying his Level 2 brickwork apprenticeship, was nominated by instructor Karl Elliott, for his willingness to learn and the exceptional quality of his work.
His dedication has led to a guaranteed site placement opportunity for advancement onto Level 3.
Karl said: “Ryan has shown a mature and professional attitude to work at all times and has been recognised for his punctuality and attendance, never having missed a day’s work.
“He is always happy to be learning as part of his placement team, no matter where the job is based.
“He continually exceeds targets and uses his own initiative to ensure he is constantly developing his skills and knowledge.
“He is a model apprentice.”
Level 2 painting and decorating apprentice Deven, from Fulwell, won the monthly award for his positive attitude to work, particularly on his site placement, during which time he has submitted quality timesheets and diaries on time, and met all targets required.
Centre manager Brian Appleby, said: “Deven’s attitude to work has led to the offer of a permanent position with his work experience provider, once he completes his apprenticeship training with Carillion, which is scheduled for the end of March.”
Carillion offers apprenticeship training in brickwork, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, and general construction operations.
The firm recruits up to 90 new learners each year for the pre-apprenticeship programme and has successfully transferred about 70 onto its Carillion Apprenticeship scheme.
Carillion is supported by a number of local builders, such as Sunters, Raintons, Kevin Snowdon and Brickwork Services, who take on apprentices and offer quality on-site work experience, which often leads to full-time work.
Meanwhile, National Apprenticeship Week was marked in style with an event at the Ramside Hall Hotel.
Organised by apprentices themselves, the Apprentice Celebration Event was supported by housing organisations including Gentoo, Living, Home Group, Coast & Country, Bernicia, Derwentside Homes, North Star Housing Group, and Homes for Northumberland, while guests included National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr.
The event was in two parts, with the various organisations taking part in exhibiting their apprenticeship opportunities to schools in the morning, before delegates heard from former apprentices about their successes in the afternoon.