Apprentices helping to deliver the £14 million Slater Street regeneration project in Middleport have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication.
James Cartwright and Lewis Derbyshire, both 18, were honoured at an awards ceremony held by builder and developer Seddon, which is constructing an 80-unit extra care facility and 28 properties for affordable rent on behalf of housing provider Sanctuary Group in the city.
The pair are amongst the 35 apprentices employed by Seddon and its supply chain as part of its work for Sanctuary across the region.
James, who is from Talke Pits and in the second year of his apprenticeship as a ground work
James, who is from Talke Pits and in the second year of his apprenticeship as a ground worker with Seddon, scooped the National Skills Academy for Construction Apprentice Award.
He said: "This is the first award I have ever won. I can’t believe it, there are lots of apprentices working on the site, so I am over the moon to have been given the award.
"My parents will be so proud.”
Lewis took home the 2nd Year Apprentice of the Year award while Malcolm Walasiewicz, Senior Site Manager at Seddon, was awarded the National Skills Academy for Construction Special Recognition Award, for his work in supporting apprentices and those on work placements on the Slater Street site.
The Slater Street development was given National Skills Academy for Construction status in 2014 by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), which has allowed Seddon to work with local communities to offer opportunities of work experience and employment on the site.
CITB Chief Executive Adrian Belton took to the stage during the ceremony to hand out the awards.
Cath Jordan, National Development Manager for Sanctuary Group, said: "We are committed to creating employment and training opportunities on our development sites across the country and Slater Street is no different.
"Two out of the four apprentices awarded with trophies at the awards work on the Slater Street development where they are gaining valuable on-the-job experience in construction trades which will benefit their future career.
"As well as taking on 35 apprentices as part of the work they are carrying out for us, Seddon has also provided 155 hours of work experience, giving invaluable experience to those looking to get back into work or on to the career ladder.”
Eamonn Burns, Seddon’s Regional Director for the Midlands, said: "Seddon has taken on apprentices for the last 80 years. It is a tradition we are incredibly proud of, and many of the young people who start their careers with the company work their way up the career ladder to management level with us.
"James and Lewis are no different, their hard work and dedication allows us to continue to deliver the high standard of work we are known for and if they continue to work hard and develop their craft, the sky is the limit in terms of what they can achieve.
"These awards not only show our dedication to the next generation of construction talent, they demonstrate the high-quality of work that is being carried out here in Stoke for Sanctuary Housing.”