Glittering ceremony for South West's young stars

25 July 2013

Bovis Home apprentice winners

The Bovis Homes South West's annual Apprentice of the Year awards was held in front of a large audience of contractors and staff at Cheltenham Racecourse, and saw the hard work of the region's up-and-coming talent rewarded.

And it culminated in a double for young Bristol plumber Jack Baber, who won the Apprentice of the Year title for the second consecutive time.

"The feedback we receive from those who work with him is that Jack is an exceptional talent who is a huge asset to the site," said Bovis Homes South West Managing Director Malcolm Pink. "He excels at the tasks he is given and is totally dedicated to the job and deserves to win this for the second consecutive year.

"That sort of attitude epitomises the spirit of the great team of apprentices at Bovis Homes and events like the awards are very proud ones for me as they recognise the exceptional work ethic and skills of these young people."

The region has been actively developing its apprenticeship scheme since launching it three years ago and now has 18 apprentices working across the region.

For the first time this year there was a special award for business apprentices to reflect the mix of onsite and office-based roles, and the inaugural prize was won by 18-year-old Becky Collins.

Becky, who earned a Business Administration NVQ at Gloucestershire College, is now a employed full-time as a Customer Care Co-ordinator at the Bishop's Cleeve offices.

"Bovis Homes is a brilliant company to do an apprenticeship with as so much support is offered to you and you are given some great opportunities," she said. "I wasn't too sure what I wanted do as a job but the apprenticeship has led me in the right direction and helped me gain a qualification that I can now progress with.

"The best bit about the job is talking - I love to talk - and being able to help people is very satisfying. It's nice to know I can play a part in helping people be happy in their new homes.
"I'm now looking to do a business management course and I would like to progress my career within Bovis Homes."

Malcolm added: "Becky has grown in confidence since she has been with us and has not shirked in taking responsibility for tasks above and beyond what you would have expected of an apprentice.

"We're delighted to give these young people a chance within our business and we will be looking to recruit future managers and directors from both the onsite and admin side as they develop within the company and continue to show the right attitude."