At the centre of the event were the second APSE Annual Apprentice Awards, which were sponsored by Joint Negotiating Committee for Local Authority Craft and Associated Employees (JNC) Trade Unions. The aim of the awards, which are open to every council in the UK, is not only to give recognition to our future tradespersons, but also to councils that continue to invest in, and provide, first class training and employment initiatives in bona-fide craft/modern apprenticeship schemes.
The other finalists were:
Falkirk Council: Scott Stewart (electrician)
Leicester City Council: Ranjit Kaur (plumber)
City of Durham Council: Adam Goodall (plumber)
Newcastle City Council: Steven Fay (bricklayer)
Macclesfield BC: Christopher McNeil (joiner)
Wakefield MDC: Chantelle Haynes (electrician)
Dave Pickering, director of building works at Nottinghamshire CC, said: 'I am very pleased for Wayne and the people who trained him. This is good news for the future of the construction industry.'
APSE chief executive Paul O'Brien said: 'The APSE/joint negotiating committee for Local Authority Craft and Associated Employees (JNC) Trade Unions Apprentice Awards highlighted a joint commitment to showcasing excellence in locals authorities.
'Every single entrant was dynamic and enthusiastic and has benefited greatly from the commitment to investment and skills shown by their local authority. Local authorities know that efficiency cannot come without investment. These apprentices have responded magnificently to receiving proper training and investment. The way forward is to 'level up' skills and investment.'
George Brumwell, the trade union side secretary of the JNC, said: 'The awards ar e a fine way to highlight excellence and to attract young people into the industry.'
APSE are currently in the final stages of producing an interim report into skills shortages within the UK construction industry. The report will highlight that despite increased economic growth in the sector fewer providers are training apprentices year on year. This makes the importance of investment by local authorities in construction ever more critical.