Builders merchant employees Kerry Duckworth from Kirkby Building Supplies and Andy Ankers from JT Dove have walked off with this year’s Apprentice of the Year awards from the Builders Merchants Federation.
The awards, which acknowledge an exceptional candidate enrolled on the BMF Apprenticeship Scheme, were presented at the annual BMF Members’ day at the National Motorcycle Museum.
Duckworth received the Institute of Builders Merchants award for top achievement in the NVQ level three category, while Ankers won the award for excellence in the level two category.
Having started as an assistant on the trade counter in 2006, Ankers is now a branch manager and at age 23 is the youngest manager in the history of JT Dove.
MD of JT Dove, Steve Robinson, JT Dove’s managing director said:” We had full confidence making Andy branch manager at the age of 21. He had the drive and passion to do the job as well as, if not even better than, a lot of people far older than him.”
Chris Pateman, managing director – BMF, said: “The BMF is committed to ensuring that talented and committed apprentices like Kerry and Andy are given the recognition they deserve. The feedback from both their assessors and employers, as well as well as their results, are testimony to their hard work and enthusiasm. I am also delighted that this year we have two Apprentices of the Year and can only hope that there will be more and more apprentices like these two, assuring the future of the merchant industry.”
BMF apprenticeship schemes result in recognised national qualifications and offer trainees industry-specific training, where skilled and experienced trainers and assessors work with trainees to satisfy current business needs and develop new talent. The programmes are fully funded by the Government and aim to deliver specific skills and knowledge by attracting and retaining talented young people in the merchant industry.