A Shrewsbury College Carpentry & Joinery Apprentice has been crowned the Apprentice of the year 2015.
Elliot Goode, 25, from Shrewsbury, is in the final year of a three year Level 3 Apprenticeship in Carpentry with Shrewsbury-based family run firm English Construction Ltd.
Construction Manager at the firm, Nathan Buckley, entered Elliot into the awards run by Shropshire Construction Training Group.
Elliot, received a trophy and a cheque for £200 when he picked up his award at the Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury, recently.
Elliot said: “I always wanted to do carpentry and I got in touch with English Construction, was interviewed and offered an Apprenticeship. I have worked on the £multi-million development of the historic Lady Forester Nursing Home in Much Wenlock, which is a very exciting and interesting project, as well as many other jobs besides.
“It was a very straightforward process to sign up to the Apprenticeship through the College. The only frustrating thing is that I didn’t do it sooner!
“It’s definitely a career rather than just a job and will be for the rest of my life. Eventually I would like to run my own construction business.
“The Apprenticeship is well-taught, both at the College and on-site with English Construction. I have already learnt a lot and the tutors are knowledgeable and really push to get the best from you. I am really pleased to have won this award and think it will help me go forwards in my career.”
Nathan started an Apprenticeship himself through the College in 2006 which he finished with English Construction Ltd in 2009.
Since then, Nathan worked his way up through the company to become construction manager, where he now oversees the work of over 20 tradespeople and three apprentices, including Elliot, who are all training through Shrewsbury College.
In 2011 Nathan was crowned the regional winner of the Federation of Master Builders Apprentice of the Year Award and in October this year, he was crowned the national runner-up in the Youth Build Young Builder of the Year 2015 competition and collected his award at The Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
Of Elliot’s award he said: “I entered Elliot into these awards because he is a brilliant apprentice. What makes him so good is his ability to handle jobs on his own. I can trust his skills and ability if I send him to a job to manage alone, which is a real achievement seeing as he won’t finish his Apprenticeship until next year. We are really proud of him for winning this award.”
Stuart Raine, Curriculum Leader for Construction & Trades at Shrewsbury College, said: “This is fantastic for Elliot. He has worked really hard while at College and it’s brilliant to hear such positive feedback about how he doing on site and making such a difference to the company he works for. It just goes to show what fantastic opportunities Apprenticeships can provide for individuals and businesses.”
For more information on Apprenticeships at Shrewsbury College, please call Course Advice on 01743 242411, visit www.shrewsbury.ac.uk or come to the Advice Event on 14 January, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm at London Road.