An Exeter-based apprentice has beaten off competition from across the country to win the accolade of Apprentice of the Year at a national builder's annual awards.
Beth Ricketts, who has been working at Bovis Homes' South West's regional office in Exeter for a year and a half, secured the honour at a recent awards ceremony held in Gloucestershire.
“Beth has a great attitude and consistently works to a high standard,” says Roger Morton, Head of Talent at Bovis Homes. “We've had fantastic feedback from customers who have highlighted her brilliant service and expressed how polite she is.”
After winning the South West regional apprentice award, Beth, who has been working in the regional customer care department in Exeter, was put through to the national awards, where she bagged the top prize against fierce competition from the country's brightest and best.
“I was so surprised, but it's great to be recognised like this.” says Beth, who lives in St Thomas, Exeter. “I'm really enjoying working at Bovis Homes. Every day is different and it's nice to be able to help customers and make them happy once you've sorted their query.”
Having previously worked as a carer after leaving Exeter College, Beth has had a lot of experience helping people and has developed excellent communication skills.
“I decided to leave the care industry, as I wanted to get more office-based experience and I was looking for a job with working hours that better suited me,” says Beth. “It was a bit of a case of right place at the right time. When I saw the apprenticeship job come up with Bovis Homes, it was just what I was looking for.”
The 21-year-old will complete her two-year Business Administration apprenticeship at the end of the year.
“I'm not sure what I would like to do next,” says Beth. “I've gained so much experience here at Bovis Homes, so I've got a lot of options – at least I've got a bit of time to think about it.”
Bovis Homes has taken on over 100 apprentices in recent years, in both trade and office jobs across the country, learning new skills in a variety of areas including sales, carpentry, plumbing and customer services.