Bright future for Apprentice of the Year

30 March 2017

Alex Brown with Sup

A Cheltenham-based apprentice has beaten off competition from all over the region to win the accolade of Apprentice of the Year at a national house builder's annual awards.

Young carpenter, Alex Brown, works for Bovis Homes and is in the second year of his apprenticeship. His hard work and dedication to the job was recently commended at an awards ceremony held in Bristol, where he took away the top regional prize.

"We're delighted to name Alex as the Apprentice of the Year. In the two years he has been with us, he has really impressed the people he has worked with and he is a huge credit to his team," says Sup Ray, Western Regional Managing Director.

The 20-year-old is currently working at Coopers Edge near Brockworth at Bovis Homes' new location Augustus Park, which offers a variety of three, four and five bedroom homes.

"I enjoy going to work in the mornings and I've got a great manager, which I think really helps. I get on really well with everyone and I work with a great team," says Alex.

Alex began his career with Bovis Homes in 2015 when his mum, who also works for Bovis Homes, let him know that they were looking for apprentices.

"When I left school, I knew I didn't want to go into academia as I'm a very practical person and like to get on and do things," says Alex. "I didn't want to go to university and get into debt only to drop out soon after.
"I spent two years studying Sport at Hartpury College and then my mum said that Bovis Homes were looking for apprentices. I was really keen to get out and start working and carpentry sounded just right for me."

Alex is intending to continue on to the optional third year of his apprenticeship and then, once complete, hopes to be offered a permanent position with a carpentry business. Alex's future is looking particularly bright - especially as he has ideas to move to warmer climes.

"My plan is to work here for another five or six years, and as I'll have a trade under my belt and some good work experience, I would like to move to Australia," says Alex. "Although my mum is hoping I'll change my mind."