The award is aimed at apprentices who have exceeded expectations through personal achievements, motivation and dedication. The judges will also be looking for an apprentice who has made a contribution to the business as well as making a positive impact on colleagues or customers.
Initially when I left sixth form in July 2016 I did not know what I would go on to do next. Most of my friends went on to University to study courses and then hope to find a job afterwards. Personally I did not want to commit to a 3 to 4 year University course with no idea what I wanted to do and then regret it afterwards.
When I was hired my employer Buxton expected good things from me and I am certain I have not let them down. I have put myself forward for every training course I can take, I am now a first aider, PASMA manager, a fire marshal and a trained SSSTS recipient. I have also put myself forward to work extra time when needed for the sake of the project I am on.
When I finish a project I know that I will feel proud, that all my work and effort is put into a good quality building that will fulfil its purpose and satisfy the client.
During my time as an apprentice I have gained insight into the reality of a working life which a university course could not have given me. The knowledge that both my training provider and employer have given me will not only further my career in construction but also give me a purpose, I now know what I want to do.
Looking back at my experiences and time to date with Buxton I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have been given.
Finding good work and a career path is obviously no easy matter in this day and age but I firmly believe Buxton has, and is continuing to give me the good, solid foundation of which I can base my career in the construction industry.
Lewis Creed - Trainee Site Supervisor
Lewis is a first class Trainee who entered our training scheme in 2016 upon completing his A levels at Warlingham 6th Form College. Over these last two years Lewis has worked as a Trainee Site Manager working alongside experienced colleagues and gaining in valuable experience and confidence. He has worked for us on four projects: Trinity School Music Block, an office refurbishment at Cursitor Street EC4, a mixed use development at Harley Street W1 and his current project for the Queen Elizabeth Foundation in Leatherhead.
Lewis has approached the apprenticeship opportunity given to him consistently and with great enthusiasm and commitment earning the respect and trust of his colleagues. His efforts are reflected in the further opportunities he now has with Buxton where we look forward to his continued success.
Colin Brown MCIOB – Senior Project Manager.