A Newcastle College student has scooped up the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ title at this year’s prestigious Newcastle Business Awards.
Kieran Nelson, who has an apprenticeship with Quantum Brickworks, beat off stiff competition from over 100 entrants when he made it through to the final three nominees up for the award.
The Newcastle Business Awards, now in its second year, celebrates the best of entrepreneurial and business talent in the North East. The awards are made up of ten categories and there were over 300 attendees at the ceremony. The ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award is designed to celebrate apprentices who exceed all expectations and recognises outstanding achievements made within their field.
Drew Lambert, co-owner of Quantum Brickworks said: “We were over the moon when Kieran’s name was called, he thoroughly deserved it! Words really can’t describe how much of an asset he’s been to the business. He started with us last year and he’s developed into a confident, independent, safe pair of hands – he’s even supporting the training of the younger lads on site. He’s everything you want in an apprentice – positive, dedicated, capable and extremely productive. We’re so proud of him.”
Kieran, who started his bricklaying apprenticeship with the house builder Quantam Brickworks over a year ago, said receiving the award: “I’m delighted to receive this award, it’s a real achievement. I was shocked when my assessor Joe told me he’d put my name forward and that I’d made it on to the final shortlist.
I feel like I’ve came on a long way since I started out last year and I’m so grateful to the support I’ve had from Peter and Drew at Quantum, and also from my assessor Joe at Newcastle College. I’ve really enjoyed the experience and am looking forward to continuing on next year.”
Lynsey Whitehead, Director of Apprenticeships at Newcastle College said: “It’s not only great to see Kieran being acknowledged for his hard work, but also to see a small construction firm like Quantum Brickworks gaining recognition for their support in offering apprenticeship opportunities to young people like Kieran.”
Kieran is now looking forward to continuing his apprenticeship with Quantum Brickworks and Newcastle College, and will continue on to his Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in construction next year.
If you’d like to find out more about apprenticeships at Newcastle College please visit http://www.ncl-coll.ac.uk/employers/apprenticeships