11th Dec 2015

Wigan construction worker hoists award

A Wigan construction worker has been given a top award for his work with young people in the town.

National builder and developer Seddon presented 47-year-old Charlie Welsby with a Special Recognition Award for his work with apprentices and young people looking to get into the construction industry.

The Project Manager was honoured at the company’s internal awards ceremony, which recognises the achievements of its apprentices and the staff who have gone the extra mile to help them through their training.

Charlie is currently overseeing the delivery of the 81-home Hindley Yard development, which Seddon is constructing on behalf of Wigan Council to be managed by Wigan and Leigh Homes.

Under his stewardship the site has played host more than 200 young people through work experience placements and school visits.

The development has also been awarded National Skills Academy status by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), with 14 apprentices learning the tricks of the trade on site.

Jonathan Seddon, Managing Director of Seddon, said: "Seddon is dedicated to supporting its apprentices and opening up our sites to young people curious about careers in construction.

"Charlie’s work gives us a great benchmark to measure all of our sites against.

"Having worked for Seddon for the last 15 years, Charlie has supported hundreds of apprentices and encouraged many more into careers in the industry - he is a testament to Seddon and the clients he works for.”

Cheryl Jones, New Build and Regeneration Manager at Wigan and Leigh Homes, said: "This is a fantastic accolade for Charlie and we are proud that he has won this award while working on a Wigan and Leigh Homes development.

"At Wigan and Leigh Homes we are committed to building high-quality new homes and creating strong and sustainable communities.

"We very much look forward to the new development in Hindley being completed by Charlie's team and the first residents moving in.

"Using developments such as the one in Hindley to develop young peoples’ skills and aspirations is important to both the Council and Wigan and Leigh Homes. "

The scheme is expected to complete in December 2016.

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