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2018 Apprentice Awards

There are some incredible people in this industry - people of all ages, backgrounds and experience.

These awards celebrate the individuals and businesses who have gone that extra mile and demonstrated their commitment to apprenticeships. From plumbers to electricians, post-build and support services to workforce coordinators and managing directors who personally champion apprentices.

Our aim is to recognise these rising stars involved with Berkeley and all of the businesses that we work with, and demonstrate that a career in this industry can be worthwhile, well-rewarded and cutting edge. 

You can read about all the 2018 winners here. The 2018 Awards Ceremony took place on the morning of 25 September at the brand new Bridge Theatre in London. 

2018 Award Categories

  1. Best Apprentice in the Berkeley Group
  2. Best Operating Company in the Berkeley Group
  3. Best Industry Champion within Berkeley Group
  4. Best Subcontractor working with the Berkeley Group
  5. Best Interiors Apprentice
  6. Best Exteriors Apprentice
  7. Best Electrical Apprentice
  8. Best Plumber Apprentice
  9. Best Support Services Apprentice

List of Judges 

  1. Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet member for employment, skills and human resources, Hackney Council
  2. Cllr Denise Hyland, Cabinet member for economy, skills and apprenticeships, Greenwich Council
  3. Cllr Peter Mason, Cabinet member for prosperity, skills, employment & transformation, Ealing Council
  4. Cllr Jack Hopkins, Deputy leader for jobs, skills and performance, Lambeth Council
  5. Michael Heanue, Principal Policy Officer, GLA
  6. Alison Watson MBE, Managing Director, Class of Your Own
  7. Danny Lucas, Executive Chairman and Managing Director, Lucas Group (Best Subcontractor 2017)
  8. Johanna Dorey, Apprentice, Briggs & Forrester (winner of Best Electrical Apprentice 2017))
  9. Steve Kelly, Mechanical Production Manager, Briggs & Forrester


Why this is important

These awards are designed to celebrate and develop talent across the construction industry. We want to show people just how rewarding and varied this industry really is.

Whatever your gender, age or background, construction could have a career choice that's right for you. There are dozens of office and site based roles to choose from and you can be part of a supportive team which develops your skills throughout your career.

There is huge demand for the right people and the Berkeley Group is committed to working closely with councils, colleges, schools and other companies to tackle the shortfall. 

The awards ceremony each year brings together leaders from the construction industry, education, government and not-for-profit organisations to build a consensus about getting the best out of vocational training and attracting a diverse range of talented people into our sector.

Joseph Valente

"The Berkeley Group is at the forefront of apprenticeships and training policy and is setting a very high standard for similar organizations to follow.

"My apprenticeship was the beginning of an exciting journey that contributed to success in life and business. It gave me a solid platform to launch my career, create a multimillion pound organization and win the BBC's The Apprentice in 2016, gaining Lord Alan Sugar as a business partner.

"It is vital that organisations, such as the Berkeley Group, hold these wonderful events to celebrate apprentices' achievements and continue to raise the profile of the apprenticeships as a worthwhile and rewarding career choice for young people to consider seriously"

- Joseph Valente, winner of BBC's The Apprentice 2016, and now Managing Director of ImpraGas