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Posted on 5 December 2019

Constructing the Future apprentice cleans up at the CITB Apprentice Awards!

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Apprenticeship Awards 2019 had some amazing winners. Not least Niall Mottershaw whose story of hard work, selflessness and talent should act as an inspiration to many.

Niall, 21 has come through our Shared Apprenticeship Scheme, which gives opportunities to future stars of the construction industry whom might not have got their chance without a bit of help. At last month’s CITB Apprentice Awards, Niall was crowned both National Apprentice of the Year ‘Runner-Up and North West Apprentice of the Year winner!

He had successfully completed the Level 2 Site Carpentry apprenticeship framework and then progressed on to the Level 3 framework, which he is currently working towards. However, it was his work ethic and kindness which hugely impressed the judges.

For example, as a young man receiving his first pay packets it is a remarkable gesture to give that money to his Dad, who had recently found himself out of work. It was Niall’s wish to support his family.

Additionally, he has acted as mentor to a fellow apprentice ‘James’ who suffers from ADHD, giving him guidance, supervision and support to help him get through his apprenticeship. One of Niall’s apprenticeship placements, Galliford Try, describe Niall as an “an outstanding member of our Apprenticeship team”. Julie Ferns of Galliford Try, goes on to say “we gave him a particular task to mentor one of our more difficult apprentices.  The apprentice ‘James’ has ADHD and demonstrated very poor timekeeping, concentration and work ethic. We asked Niall to mentor him on site.  Niall worked hard with James and set an outstanding example for him to follow. He spent a lot of time supporting James in developing his skills and the change that we saw in James was fantastic”.

We regularly have opportunities which mean you could emulate Niall. A Shared Apprenticeship Scheme placement means you learn a skill working within an established and successful company, whilst earning a wage and a qualification.

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