A 19 year old carpenter/joiner has been announced as the William Davis Homes Apprentice of the Year 2017.
Ben Smith, from Loughborough, joined the HBF 5 star housebuilder as an apprentice in 2015 and is now in his third year of training. Currently learning his trade at one of the company’s newest developments, Cawston Rise in Rugby, Warwickshire, Ben is being mentored by joinery apprentice master, Graham Clarke and joiner, Hudson Hollingworth.
Held annually to reward the top two apprentices of the year, William Davis Homes’ apprentice award evening is a hugely popular event, attended by apprentices, their parents, employees, college tutors and apprenticeship officers. At the 2017 ceremony, held last month (23rd November 2017), Ben was announced the winner.
William Davis Homes’ M&E and apprentice manager, Gary Long commented: “Ben has not only achieved excellent academic results in his studies at Leicester College but also demonstrated a positive approach to his apprenticeship. Ben’s mentors regularly praise his progression and determination to make the most of every learning opportunity; describing him as conscientious, well-mannered and enthusiastic. A popular member of his site team, Ben is a deserving winner of the 2017 Apprentice of the Year award.”
The runner-up and recipient of the Endeavour Award was fourth year apprentice bricklayer, Jake Dominy. Highly focused and hard-working, Jake has had an outstanding 2017, becoming the East Midlands SkillBuild champion and finishing fourth in the national finals; receiving the Leicester College Apprenticeship Award for bricklaying; and is a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category in the forthcoming Leicester Mercury Education Awards.
Amanda Drabant, CITB apprenticeship officer added: “It’s been difficult this year to help choose the correct two winners as there were many potential candidates. Ben and Jake are polite, dedicated and keen to learn; and each of them shows very promising signs of becoming an exceptional tradesman. They both consistently demonstrate what we have come to expect of award-winning apprentices.”
William Davis Homes has been running its Apprentice of the Year awards evening since 1971 and more than half the former winners still remain with the company, including in senior management roles.