Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties, a regional division of one of the UK’s largest housebuilders, has awarded Joe Newman its coveted Apprentice of the Year award, which it introduced last year to celebrate the hard work and dedication of its trade skills team.
The 22-year-old, a painting and decorating apprentice, has been rewarded for both his quality work and his positive attitude on site and in the classroom, where Gosport-based Joe is currently studying for his Level Two NVQ at Fareham College.
With National Apprenticeship Week coming up very soon (5-9 March 2018), his new status is sure to be a focus for many young people considering a skills apprenticeship in the future.
Sarah Pasco, managing director for Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties, is delighted the young man’s talents and qualities have been recognised against some tough opposition: “This year, as with every year, our standard of our apprentices has been very high, making it difficult to choose a winner. Joe’s conscientious approach to both his work and studies singled him out and has quickly made him a valued member of the Taylor Wimpey family. We’re all incredibly proud of the progress he has made.”
Steve O’Rourke, lecturer at Fareham College, is also very pleased that one of his students has been distinguished by the award: “Joe is one of the most focused apprentices I’ve met and it’s been our fortune to teach him. What makes him special is that he is not afraid to make mistakes in order to master the skills required. His NVQ portfolio is an example to all students of what hard work can achieve and his talent it a credit to the Taylor Wimpey apprenticeship scheme.”
Pasco adds: “A huge congratulations and thanks to Joe and all our apprentices for their passion and continued hard work demonstrated throughout the programme.”27