• All graduating apprentices with course managers Simon Keen and Phil Cunningham

The next generation of highly skilled Construction Plant Maintenance engineers have received their final awards at a presentation on campus.

Thirty-nine advanced apprentices from all over the country were joined by their employers to celebrate a 100% success rate on the completion of their Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Plant.

The apprentices work as construction plant technicians for leading companies including A-Plant, Scot JCB, Greenshields JCB, Watlings JCB, Banner Plant, The GAP Group, Clee Hill Plant, Lloyd Ltd. and European Metal Recycling.

The apprentices were described by Engineering Apprenticeships Manager Simon Keen as a highly talented group, destined to be the industry’s future workshop managers and business owners who in time send their own apprentices to Reaseheath.

He also paid tribute to the apprentices’ employers who had continued to fully support the training programme, often by supplying cutting edge machinery and equipment.

Special awards:  

  • Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Scot JCB: Elliott Harvey (Greenshields JCB, Farnham)
  • Runner Up: Liam Elvin (Watling JCB)
  • Top Academic Apprentice sponsored by CITB: Mason Thirlwell (A-Plant, Immingham)
  • Runner Up: Sam Gibbons (GTM Heavy Rentals (Warrington)
  • Top A-Plant Apprentice: Mason Thirlwell (A-Plant, Immingham)
  • Runner Up: Sam Cooper-Hart (A-Plant, Northampton)
  • Top JCB Franchise Apprentice: Will Sugden (T C Harrison, Sheffield)
  • Best Practical Student ‘Dean “Dumper” Mason Award’: James Davies (Buckhurst Plant Hire, Lancashire)
  • Runner up: Sam Scales (Hawk Plant Ltd., Shropshire)
  • Banner Plant Award for Endeavour: Jack Scott (European Metal Recycling, Sheffield)
  • Runner Up: Kieran Pearce (A-Plant, London)
  • The Apprentices’ Apprentice (student vote) sponsored by Simon Keen: Connor Milligan (A-Plant, Whitehaven)