Friday, December 11, 2009

News: 2010 Rotherham building for the future


Victoria Dempsey has been named as the best female building and electrical skills apprentice of the year 2009 in the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards.

And 2010 Rotherham's apprentice plumber and gas fitter Emma Pryce was successful in becoming one of the four finalists in the Female Plumbing Skills category.

Victoria was one of four winning apprentices at the award ceremony in a scheme that has been running for 12 years.

2010 Rotherham's Learning and Development Officer Julia Cadman said: "It is great for our organisation to be recognised as having some of the best apprentices in the UK. All our apprentices are talented and hard working, and are an asset to the customers on whose homes they work.

"2010 Rotherham is hugely committed to supporting the development of our future generations. The fact we had two females in the final demonstrates the calibre of our apprentices and 2010 Rotherham's apprentice scheme."

2010 Rotherham was also honoured for its work in encouraging young people to take up trained apprenticeships in much needed construction skills.

The company was set up to manage, maintain and improve council homes and Rotherham borough estates and currently has 37 apprentices. At the end of the apprenticeship programme, the trainees are fully fledged tradespersons and are expected to be able to work on their own completing the work of a skilled tradesperson. All apprenticeships within 2010 Rotherham are qualified to level 3, as opposed to the standard level 2 which most companies offer.

Mark Bramah, assistant Chief Executive of APSE presenting the awards said: "These awards help us to recognise the vital contribution made by apprentices to the work of councils in helping to maintain and repair people’s homes and civic buildings across the UK.

"I would like to thank all the councils involved in these awards as providers of excellent training to apprentices and of course it is only right we pay tribute to those individual apprentices who have worked so hard to achieve the vital skills within the construction industry."

2010 Rotherham website



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