04.10.19

Four in the Running for Apprentice of the Year title

The NASC continues to recognise the efforts and achievements of the next generation of scaffolding industry employees through its annual NASC Awards, this year sponsored by TRAD Hire & Sales.

The NASC was delighted to receive eight entries for the 2019 Apprentice of the Year category, sponsored by CISRS. Judges have shortlisted four submissions.

Among those vying for the title are the first non-technical apprentice submission; Stephanie Betts of TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd.

Stephanie is part-way through a five-year Management Trainee programme to become a Contracts Manager.

Described by TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd as an all-rounder, Stephanie has shown she is able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines, is well organised and capable of prioritising and juggling several tasks at once when required.

In terms of scaffolding operatives, the standard of submissions was incredibly high.

Edward Oldridge joined High Peak Scaffolding Ltd as a scaffolding apprentice after realising that the college course he was enrolled on wasn’t right for him.

He has natural ability and understanding of the role and its requirements but it is his calm, understated and committed approach to work and his outstanding work ethic that sets him apart.

He is always willing to learn and always willing to share his developing knowledge with others in a helpful and constructive way.

Jordan Walsh (main picture above), of Crossway Scaffolding (Elland) Limited, has a fantastic attitude to work, something that came in a short period of time.

When he joined Crossway he was described as quiet and uncooperative but is now seen as engaged, respectful to his peers and keen to learn the scaffolding trade.

Jordan now has a passion to learn more and is a key team member who is willing to go that extra mile for himself and his colleagues, regularly offering to work overtime, nights and weekends when the need arises.

The last finalist is Joshua Britton of Connect Scaffolding Ltd. Joshua joined Connect in February 2019 after leaving the Armed Forces.

The Connect team has been really impressed with his willingness to learn, attitude to work and receptiveness to take on board any advice given. He is a fast learner and takes care to listen and learn from more advanced scaffolders in the team. His Supervisors have all commented that his attitude and positivity towards work, make him a pleasure to work with.

The NASC Apprentice of the Year 2019 will be announced at the NASC Ball & Awards 2019. For more information on the Awards click here.

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