A 21 year old bricklaying apprentice from William Davis Homes is the 2017 Apprentice of the Year in the Leicester Mercury Education Awards.

Jake Dominy, currently in the third year of his bricklaying apprenticeship with the Loughborough-based house builder, was announced the winner at a ceremony held at Leicester’s King Power Stadium this month (December 2017). Created to highlight the achievements of outstanding individuals, schools, colleges and professional organisations from across the education sector, 2017 marked the first year for the Education Awards.

Jake was nominated as Apprentice of the Year by his mentors at Leicester College. Keith Binns, programme lead in bricklaying, explains: “While it took Jake a little while to settle into life at Leicester College, he has since shown himself to be an excellent all-round student, achieving a Merit or Distinction Grade in all his practical assessments. Jake has worked just as committedly on his NVQ and regularly demonstrates the highest level of effort. A decent, grounded and hard-working young man, Jake is a real pleasure to work with and it’s fantastic to see him realise his potential. This award is thoroughly deserved.”

The Apprentice of the Year Award is the fifth accolade Jake has achieved this year, following on from his successes in the SkillBuild competition, where he was the East Midlands champion and highly commended in the national final; as well as winning the Leicester College Apprenticeship Award for Bricklaying and the William Davis Homes Endeavour Award, all in recognition of his excellent work ethic during his apprenticeship.

Jake said: “It was a great feeling to win the Education Award, showing that hard work in college and on site pays off. The past year has been amazing; I’m really proud and grateful to have won so many awards, with the highlight being my 4th place ranking in the national SkillBuild final. I’d like to thank all the people who have taught and guided me throughout my apprenticeship and I’m looking forward to the future, the chances to enter more competitions and pursuing my career with William Davis Homes.”

Gary Long, M&E and apprentice manager at William Davis Homes added: “Jake’s successes this year have been unprecedented but are a real testament to the dedication and enthusiasm he applies every day. Jake takes great pride in his workmanship and to be able to say he is one of the UK’s best apprentice bricklayers is a huge achievement; he undoubtedly has a successful career ahead. Congratulations Jake.”

Jake is currently training on site at William Davis Homes’ flagship Grange Park development in Loughborough.

Leicester College’s principal, Verity Hancock presents Jake Dominy, William Davis Homes with the 2017 Apprentice of the Year Award at the Leicester Mercury Education Awards. (Photo credit: Leicester Mercury/Peter Fothergill).

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