SASW Apprentice Away Day success
An impressive team of SASW apprentices gathered at Taunton Racecourse for the annual Apprentice Away Day recently.
Always a highly anticipated event, our apprentices came together to share insights and enjoy related activities. The highlight of the day was the SASW Apprentice Awards, which recognises the apprentices that have made excellent progress throughout the year.
Meet our winners
• William Dixon, who was our winner of the Construction Technician Apprentice of the Year. William is currently working with BAM Construction as a Level 3 Construction Technician and studying at Exeter College
• Vincent Bessant, winner of Trade Apprentice of the Year. Vincent is currently working towards his Level 2 Carpentry apprenticeship at South Devon College, hosted by Midas
• Sinead Grace, winner of the Highly Commended Trade Apprentice of the Year. Working with QDL, Sinead is in her second year as a Level 2 Painter and Decorator studying at SGS Filton
• Matt Boxall was named as the Longest Standing Apprentice with the scheme. Matt is in his second year of a Level 3 Technician apprenticeship at Weymouth College. He’s previously completed a Level 2 in Bricklaying. Matt is currently working with McCarthy and Stone
The day featured talks from our team on health and wellbeing. This looked to ensure apprentices understand the importance of both physical and mental wellbeing. In addition, several BAM Construction apprentices explained their various roles in the construction industry.
Thanks to our speakers
Workshops on the day included a presentation from Building Plymouth’s Emma Hewitt on how to write a CV that really sells your skills and experience. Emma was aided by Graham Kingdon, Construction Director at BAM Construction, pointing out what employers are looking for. Louise Elliot from Elevate also provided a workshop on personality traits and how you can use them when working together as a team.
Most importantly, the day ended with the SASW quiz with a prize of creme eggs on offer. It was a fitting end to a great day of sharing knowledge, skills and making new acquaintances.
A hugely successful year for SASW, 2018 saw 38 new apprentices join the scheme, bringing the total number of apprentices in training to 55. Ten apprentices achieved their qualifications – of which nine have taken up full-time jobs.
We’re very excited about what 2019 will bring…