Winner of Plymouth’s first construction apprentice of the year announced

The winner of the very first construction apprentice of the year was announced at the Building Plymouth Apprenticeship jobs fair on Saturday.


Leader of Plymouth City Council Tudor Evans presented Matthew Evans with the award, to acknowledge and celebrate his exceptional contribution to the workplace, and to recognise his commitment to the apprenticeship experience as whole. Matthew is completing his Level 2 Trowel Occupations with Elmes Construction Ltd and City College Plymouth. He is also one of the newly trained Plymouth Apprentice Ambassadors.

Lizzy Berna, undertaking a Higher Level Professional apprenticeship with AECOM and City College Plymouth, and Liam Willsher, who has undertaken a Level 2 and 3 in Plastering with Zibest Plastering and Building Contractors and the Skills Group, were also Highly Commended Finalists.

Cllr Evans said: “I congratulate Matthew on being recognised as Plymouth’s top apprentice in construction and our first ever winner. Not only is this award a celebration of our apprentices’ achievements, it also recognises the real importance of the construction and built environment to our city.  This Council is working extremely hard for our city by investing in construction jobs with real prospects for local people. The diverse nominations received are a fantastic reflection of the high calibre of apprentices working within our city, and we know demand is growing from industry for even more apprenticeships in this exciting sector”.

This new annual award is officially known as the Ron Simmonds Construction Apprentice of the Year Cup. Ron was a former Alderman and Mayor of the city and trained as an apprentice bricklayer, the award pays tribute to the contribution he made to Plymouth. Mr Simmonds’ family and friends were also there at the presentation ceremony to celebrate this success.

As part of an all-day conference, Building Plymouth will be hosting an open evening on 22 March in Plymouth’s Guildhall, 6pm-8pm for any young person interested in getting into construction. On the same day, there will also be a session 2pm-4pm specifically for adults looking to get into construction.

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