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Berkeley Group Apprentice Awards 2019: Winners

On 17 October 2019 we hosted the fourth annual Berkeley Group Apprentice Awards, where we celebrated apprentice champions across our sites and offices.

There are some incredible people working in construction - people of all ages, backgrounds and experience, and our winners are some of the best examples.

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Best Plumbing Apprentice - Kian Cleere, H2O Plumbing and Heating Services

Kian has worked at Berkeley's Southall Waterside site since starting his career with H2O, while studying toward his NVQ in plumbing. He has great attention to detail, and a positive attitude to the importance of his work, recognising that he works on people's homes, not just a product.

His communicative skills have come a long way and he's shown great potential, which in turn inspires apprentices joining the company.

Best Electrical Apprentice - Freddie Young, Briggs & Forrester

Freddie is studying his Level 3 Apprenticeship and working at London Dock for St George.

Judges were impressed by his determination to master his trade. A self-starter, he moved hundreds of miles from home to begin his training and is always pushing himself to take on new responsibilities.

Best Support Services Apprentice - Jerome Dunnett, Price Building Services

Jerome juggles studying for a Degree Apprenticeship in Engineering at London South Bank University with working at Berkeley's South Quay Plaza.

He stood out for his capacity to innovate; challenging himself and his colleagues with new ways of delivering quality assurance and testing. He's shown confidence and skills beyond his years.

Best Trainee - Danielle Drake, Berkeley Eastern Counties

After nine months in the business as part of the Building Futures Programme, Danielle has secured her place as an invaluable member of her team. She is relied upon by management, who know they can always count on her professionalism and can-do attitude. They now have every confidence she will go far as a Development Manager.

Best Interiors Apprentice - Ashton Clark, Vince O-Brien Plastering

Ashton has come a long way since he started working at Woodhurst Park. His humble nature means he doesn't always recognise the progress he has made, but he stood out to his managers and our judges as someone whose hunger to learn is really paying off.

A team player, he takes a holistic approach to working on site, thinking about safety and site behaviour as well as his work as a plasterer.

Best Exteriors Apprentice - Abdi Shireh, PHD Modular

Abdi Is a scaffolder, studying his Level 2 Access and Rigging apprenticeship. He works at St George's Chelsea Creek, where he keeps exceeding expectations. He's already been awarded accolades by his employer PHD Modular and our judges were similarly struck by his hard work and dedication.

He's been able to take class room learning and apply it to real-life situations seamlessly and is a fantastic example to others.

Berkeley Division With The Biggest Impact - Berkeley Southern

This division has shown outstanding commitment to promoting careers in the built environment to new audiences.

Building life skills and self-confidence amongst young students has had a tangible effect on their career plans; with parents and teachers noticing a real change in their attitude to learning and work.

Best Subcontractor Working With Berkeley Group - H2O Plumbing and Heating Services

Not only are nearly one third of their workforce apprentices, H2O also invest in an impressive monitoring and support programme to help them thrive in their roles. Apprentices have gone on to be promoted to senior roles in the company, which is a testament to this long term approach.

They are also challenging perceptions of the industry, supporting programmes like Women Intro Construction, from which they recently hired a new apprentice.

Best Industry Champion Within Berkeley Group - Stav Aristokle-Hill, Berkeley Capital

Stav is well known amongst her company and industry partners for her passionate advocacy of apprenticeships. She's a positive force within the business, and has been instrumental in pioneering Berkeley Capital's unique apprenticeship programme.

She ensures that every apprentice joining the REACH programme receive the support they need, while being challenged to succeed in their careers.

Best Apprentice in Berkeley Group - Jasmine Zeinalabdin, St James

Jasmine's infectious energy has earnt her a great reputation within St James. She has balanced studies with working part time as an Administrative Assistant; completing both to the highest standard. She recently graduated with First Class Honours in her degree apprenticeship, but it's her positive attitude and selflessness that has really caught managers' attention.

Best Overall Apprentice - Ruby Lee, Berkeley East Thames

Ruby goes from strength to strength each year, with her performance over the last 12 months being the best yet. She puts her all into her work, with her product receiving near perfect marks in quality checks.

Not only is her personal performance outstanding, but she is always striving to set an example to others. A vocal advocate of getting more women into the industry, she has won awards for her mentorship and continues to impress her colleagues with her consistent determination to succeed and inspire.

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