Thursday, March 15, 2012

News: Bramall rewards apprentices and trainees


A trainee joiner, who followed in his father's footsteps by entering a career in the trades, has scooped a prestigious award in recognition of his budding talent.

Michael Unthank, employed with Rotherham-based Bramall Construction, part of the Keepmoat Group, received the Trainee of the Year (Craft) trophy at the annual Keepmoat Apprentice and Trainee Awards.

Michael joined Bramall in 2007 as a multi skilled trainee but found his vocation in joinery, just like his dad, a joiner by trade.

The 23-year-old is now half way through his NVQ Level 3 in joinery at Stephenson College in Leicestershire.
Delighted to win the trophy and £500 prize, Michael said: "It's such a great start to my career and brilliant to have on my CV. I'm proud to be recognised as a good worker. The company has invested in me and I'm going to work as hard as I can to get ahead and work my way up to management."

Michael's mentor, Nigel Carlin, project manager at Bramall Construction praised his commitment and dedication: "Michael is a one off, he has all his own tools and cares for them like a master carpenter. He is a pleasure to work with and has a 100% employment attendance record. I definitely see a site manager in the making."

Steve Winsfield-Hunt, Michael's trainer and assessor at Stephenson College, added: "Michael is an ideal student. He shows vision in his assignments and creates a good dynamic with his peers."

Ian Sutcliffe, chief executive of Keepmoat, said: "Apprentice and trainee awards are an integral part of what we do. Apprentices are the lifeblood of the business and together with the trainees we support, give us a secure future going forward.

"The awards are a day to recognise achievements of all 300 trainees and apprentices in our business and those who support them in their learning and training too."

Bramall Construction website

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