Construction Plant Maintenance Apprentices celebrate success

Reaseheath’s Advanced Apprentices in Construction Plant Maintenance received their final awards at a presentation on campus yesterday (Thursday)

Nearly 50 apprentices from all over the country were joined by their employers to celebrate the completion of their Level 3 qualification. The apprentices work as construction plant technicians for leading companies including A-Plant, Scot JCB, Greenshields JCB, Watlings JCB, Banner Plant, Barry Wood Plant Hire, The GAP Group, Pickerings Plant and Clee Hill Plant.

They were congratulated by Programme Leader Simon Keen, who told his audience that the group had a phenominal work ethic and were a credit to their employers. He was sure that they would continue to serve their companies well and would provide the next generation of highly skilled engineers.

Simon also emphasised that he was delighted at the continued support from employers both for the course and for their apprentices.

Special awards went to outstanding apprentices:

  • Reaseheath Apprentice of the Year: Joe Bowers from Barry Wood Plant Hire (presented by Simon Keen)
  • Best A-Plant Apprentice: Daniel Pritchard  (presented by Bob Harper, Head of Customer Solutions A-Plant)
  • Top JCB Apprentice: Chris Elvin of Watlings JCB  (presented by Richard Hough, JCB Training Manager)
  • Dean ‘Dumper’ Mason Award for Best Practical Student: John Barber from Scot JCB (presented by Alun Mason)
  • Banner Plant Award for Endeavour: Alan Cage (A-Plant)

Peers awards (student vote)

  • The Apprentices’ Apprentice: Jake Ridly (A-Plant)

Runners-up: John Barber (Scot JCB); Chris Elvin (Watlings JCB); Brett Parkes (A-Plant)

  • Top Practical Apprentice Oliver Bushnell (Greenshield JCB)
  • The Future High Flyer Award Chris Elvin (Watling JCB)
  • Most Improved Apprentice Brett Parkes (A-Plant)