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SWH announces 2018 ‘Apprentice of the Year’

SWH is pleased to announce that the winner of their annual ‘Apprentice of the Year’ Award is Ashley English, an Apprentice Roadworker working as part of the Plymouth Highways contract delivery team.  Ashley’s day-to-day duties range from developing CAD designs, to working to improve the footways and roads in and around Plymouth, all whilst balancing the requirements of his College course.  

Prior to joining SWH in 2017, Ashley had ‘hands on’ highway maintenance and construction experience, but did not have any formal qualifications.  Keen to develop himself further, Ashley asked his Line Manager if he could undertake an Apprenticeship with SWH, at which he has excelled. 

Recognising Ashley’s hard work and potential, Simon Bourne, Learning and Development Manager at SWH has also put Ashley forward for CECA South West’s ‘Most Promising Apprentice of the Year’ Award, which celebrates outstanding achievement within the civil engineering sector.  The winner of the CECA Awards is due to be announced on Friday 5th October at the CECA South West Annual Lunch.

Simon Bourne said “Ashley has been doing exceptionally well at College and has received considerable praise from his Managers with regards to his team player attitude and enthusiastic approach to work – not only is he committed to learning himself but also helping others.  He is very gracious and supportive and will make an excellent mentor for future apprentices.”

Richard Towl, Divisional Director at SWH, said “We are delighted to name Ashley as our 2018 Apprentice of the Year.  SWH’s Apprenticeship programmes have seen numerable successes over the years, and Ashley provides yet another prime example of what can be accomplished with support, hard work and commitment – he should be very proud of what he has achieved.”

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