Trainee manager on the ladder to success

ON SITE: Liam Harrison.
ON SITE: Liam Harrison.
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A TRAINEE manager has been shortlisted for an award as he builds on his experience.

Liam Harrison, from Sherburn Hill in Durham, is through to the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards, announced next month.

The 22-year-old has been shortlisted in the Higher Apprentice of the Year category in honour of the hard work and dedication he brings to the role with Keepmoat Homes.

After leaving school feeling disillusioned, Liam joined Keepmoat as an apprentice joiner in 2008.

On completing his three-year apprenticeship, he decided to move up the career ladder and set his sights on a Diploma in Advanced Construction and Site Supervision, completed in July.

Liam said: “It’s a great honour to be shortlisted in the awards for a job I really enjoy.

“In my time at Keepmoat, I have shown just how far you can progress with an apprenticeship.

“My granddad was a joiner and he always encouraged me to get a trade.

“School was not a great experience for me, but being an apprentice has helped me find my career path.”

Liam is now an ambassador for apprenticeships and regularly shares his experience with new recruits to the firm.

He is working on The Rise in Scotswood, Newcastle, a flagship development where Keepmoat is building 900 homes over the next 15 years.

Tony Callaghan, Keepmoat site manager and Liam’s boss, said: “Liam has shown great enthusiasm for the building profession and works incredibly hard day in, day out to contribute to the success of each construction site he has worked on.

“He brings a fresh pair of eyes to the way we do things and often comes up with ideas on how we could do things differently.”

Liam will now go on to study a two-year HNC in construction management, followed by a one year HND, which will result in him becoming a fully qualified site manager.