You’re hired: Gareth wins apprentice prize

Gareth Williams Apprentice of the Year
Gareth Williams Apprentice of the Year

A JOINER has been crowned national Apprentice of the Year for his tireless work on a housing project in St Helens.

Gareth Williams picked up the prestigious gong from UK Contractors Group chief executive Mike Farrar in a glitzy awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in London.

The 23-year-old was rewarded for his outstanding dedication to his work with Bramall Construction on the Ratcliffe Park housing development in Rainhill.

He previously won the company’s own in-house Apprentice of the Year award.

Gareth said: “I’m absolutely delighted to win this award as it’s a fantastic achievement in the industry. I didn’t expect to win though as I didn’t want to be big headed - I was just happy to be shortlisted.

“It’s the third award I’ve won this year and definitely gives me a confidence boost as it shows that I must be doing something right.

“People in the family say I take after my grandfather, who was a builder, so I think the trade runs in my blood. My mum’s especially proud of what I’ve achieved.

“This award is another feather in my cap as I have ambitions to become a site manager one day and, hopefully, this will stand me in good stead.”

Robert Bailey, of Bramall Construction, said: “Gareth thoroughly deserves this award which is a fantastic achievement.

“I think what really stands out with Gareth is his fantastic attitude as well as his academic success which has led to him gaining distinctions in his NVQ level 2 and 3 exams.

“Gareth is extremely punctual - his former site managers have praised his work which they say is always perfect - and one of his colleagues said he’s the best apprentice he has worked with in his 12-year career.

“Gareth thoroughly deserves to win this award and has a promising career ahead of him.”