A PROUD plumbing apprentice who works at housebuilder Bellway’s development in Houlton has been recognised in the company’s Apprentice of the Year awards.
Ben Elliot, from Kilsby, was one of just two Bellway apprentices from across the UK to be highly commended in this year’s awards – behind the overall winner.
The 22-year-old won a cash prize of £250, and plans to treat himself to some new tools for his trade.
He said: “It is very fulfilling to have had my hard work over the last few years recognised by Bellway.
“After leaving school, I went straight into an apprenticeship as a mechanic for a car company. I realised after two years that this wasn’t for me, and that I needed a change.”
He took up the opportunity of an apprenticeship with Bellway, alongside studying for an NVQ Level 2 plumbing qualification.
“I knew straight away that I had found the right job for me,” he said. “I enjoy what I do and look forward to coming into work every day. I get on really well with everybody, and I particularly enjoy the friendly atmosphere on site. It is great to have a job that you genuinely enjoy doing, and that is definitely the case now.
“Now I have completed my Level 2 plumbing NVQ, I am focusing on studying further, and working towards my NVQ Level 3 qualification. I am keen to keep working hard and honing my skills to become fully qualified as a plumber.
“Being recognised for this award has given me an extra boost to work harder to be even better at what I do – for myself and for the company.
“I will put my winnings towards the cost of some new tools as a treat to myself. I feel very proud to have received this award and look forward to what the rest of my career with Bellway entails.”
Ben Smith, Managing Director of Bellway South Midlands, said: “Ben is one of the most advanced apprentices in his group at college and is determined to better himself at every opportunity. He consistently applies himself and is keen to learn, is incredibly professional, and can be relied upon to complete a range of jobs to a high standard without supervision.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated young man as part of the team at Houlton Meadows, and we look forward to seeing his career develop in the years ahead.”