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Handing out awards to those who achieve excellence is an important tradition in the construction sector, and recognising outstanding individuals at every stage of the career ladder is especially important. Industry awards are getting better and better at celebrating apprenticeship achievements. Meanwhile, the CCATF has been doing what it can to encourage awards organisers to also recognise the apprentice employers who invest so much in the future of the industry.

Geoff with CCATF Employer of the Year 2016 Winner – AJ Dodd Construction

Geoff with CCATF Employer of the Year 2016 Winner – AJ Dodd Construction"

Batjic Award Winners - Tameside College

Kieran Atkinson @ Barton Builders – GCO

Kieran started his 10 week pathways to construction work experience with Mike Craven from Barton Builders. Kieran was already enrolled on the full time course in Civil Engineering and was interested in participating in the Pathways to Construction course to gain valuable work experience.

Working on sight Kieran thrived, as he found the information he learnt in the classroom easier to put into practice. Kieran found it easier to identify hazards & risks on site, as he had already learnt about these in class.

Kieran stated “I always wanted to break into the construction industry. The first two weeks were about identifying your capabilities and slotting into the hard work that is necessary in this trade. I would recommend this scheme to potential students as a great insight into the construction industry”. He worked on a variety of jobs from helping to lay a block paving driveway in Failsworth to raising a garden bed and lawn in Didsbury, they are currently on a new single storey extension in Royton.

Kieran has benefited by being with an employer that spends time to explain the stages of the jobs they are on rather than just telling him where to start the job. Kieran’s employer is very impressed with his work ethic and felt he was a valuable member of the team and decided on week 6 of the pathway to take Kieran on as a GCO apprentice. He was officially signed up onto his apprenticeship on 13/08/15. Kieran is still working towards his qualification and is very happy at work and producing evidence for his work based recorder.

Sean O’Driscoll – Bench Joinery – Unique Kitchens and Bedrooms

Enrolled in the full time course in Bench Joinery, Sean was interested in participating in the Pathway to Construction course to gain valuable work experience.

Sean started by making up the basic kitchen units without drawers. As his skills progressed Sean was then given the opportunity to help build large bespoke units with drawers. He was also shown how to attach laminated edging to the bare sides by using a heating iron and then sanding down to finish.

Sean also helps top take the bespoke kitchens & bedrooms to the customer’s address and help to unload the units. Sean is now responsible for texting the customers to inform them of the delivery date and is using his communication skills he has learnt in the workplace to answer the phone and speak to potential customers.

He completed his 10-week pathway to construction work experience and the company was impressed with Sean’s performance at work. Sean was signed up onto his Level 2 Bench apprenticeship with Unique Kitchens & Bedrooms on 21/08/15.

He said enjoys working at Unique Kitchens and likes the atmosphere in the workplace. Sean said “I am glad that I was given the opportunity of the 10 weeks’ pathway. The Tutors at Tameside College put me forward for the scheme as they could see the potential in me. I am still enjoying working there and am on my 1st year as an apprentice.”

Lewis Brotherton – Apprentice Bricklayer with McCall Brickwork

Lewis was enrolled onto a full time bricklaying course and was eager to complete the 10 weeks works experience to gain an insight to working on a construction site. He started his 10 weeks Pathways to Construction work experience on 13/07/15 with McCall Brickwork. His first day on site was in Blackpool; to get to site for 8.00am they left Ashton under Lyne at 6.30 am in the morning. Lewis completed all of his 10 weeks on the job at Blackpool.

Lewis enjoyed the 10 weeks and learned valuable skills from the different mix ratios of concrete to concreting and shuttering, blockwork, reading plans and preparing the ground for foundations.

”Working on site gave me a more realistic ideal of working in the trade, from liaising with different tradesmen, dealing with deliveries, and picking up my technique and speed with laying bricks. The shock to the systems was how tired I was the first 10 weeks at work, as my body needed to adjust to completing manual tasks all day. I would like to thank Andy Callaghan from McCall Brickwork for giving me the opportunity”

Tutor comments “Lewis produces a good quality of work and he works well within the team or working with other individuals. Lewis is not afraid to ask questions if he is unsure of the task at hand.

Following his 10 weeks’ work experience Lewis was signed up onto his L2 Trowel Occupations apprenticeship on 10/09/15.

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