SWH Apprentice Road Worker Awarded City and Guilds Gold Medal for Excellence
Paul Dainton who works for South West Highways in Newton Abbot is the second SWH Apprentice to have won this award.
The 30-year-old was awarded the award at the City and Guilds of London Institute's annual Prince Philip Medal ceremony which was presented by Princess Anne, who is president of the Institute.
Paul said: "I'm really proud of what I have achieved with SWH over the duration of my apprenticeship. I've learnt so many skills through the excellent teaching structure and I've been able to gain valuable experience from all of my colleagues.
This experience has taught me that you're never too old to learn! I'm extremely grateful to SWH for making this happen for me and owe them my success. To put this achievement into perspective, each year two million certificates are awarded to apprentices worldwide, with only 69 apprentices in the UK being awarded a medal of excellence and only 35 medals being awarded world wide".
Not only did Paul manage to achieve the City and Guilds award, but he has also been named SWH's 'Apprentice of the Year' and was praised for being a standout candidate with an excellent attitude and work ethos on site.
Ben Pyle, SWH's Managing Director said: "It's a pleasure to work alongside people like Paul. He shows enthusiasm in all he does and is keen to represent the company with pride and integrity. He's a credit to our industry and we are lucky to have found him. We believe that investing in skills and training makes success more likely, whether this is for a large business sole trader, or a young person taking the first steps into this exciting industry."
SWH Training provides a wide range of specialist construction training and engineering apprenticeship courses.
SWH also recently became a registered member of the 5% Club, an organisation committed to making a difference to the UK's prosperity on a global stage.
As a member of the 5% Club, SWH has pledged to work towards a minimum of 5% of its workforce enrolled as an apprentice, sponsored student and/or graduate development schemes within five years, something they are confident they will be able to achieve.
John Matthews, Training Centre Manager at SWH, added: "Paul is certainly well thought of and respected within the company. His workmanship and attitude has also been noted by our client, Devon County Council.
"He is an extremely mature young man and his ambition to progress has been noted and I am confident he will achieve his goals, particularly because he is so well respected, even with men who have worked in the industry for a huge number of years."