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In June we were invited to attend the end of term awards ceremony at the National Construction College in Birmingham where our apprentice Adam is a student and has been nominated for an award!

It gave us the opportunity to see the college and its facilities as we have not been before.

There are no training facilities for Roofing here in Stoke on Trent, Birmingham is the closest and Adam travels there by train every day. he has been for four three week blocks this year and next year he will do three three week blocks, he will then have gained his NVQ level 2 in roof tiling and slating.

We arrived to find the college had installed a Marquee over the training scaffold which looked very impressive indeed! The attendance is good and the atmosphere is great!

The guest speaker is former cricket legend Geoff Miller and he gave a great introduction, somehow relating a construction college to cricket! I was slightly ‘stumped’ with all the cricket terms to be honest, its not something Im familiar with!

Adam has been nominated for ‘Apprentice of the year award’ along with two other lads in his year.

When the ceremony began each apprentice was called up to receive an award of £100 each for being nominated which we thought was brilliant!

And then the winners of each group was announced and we were thrilled when Adam was named as the winner of his group!

Adams Mum cried and must admit to a little tear in our eyes too although Adam looked as though he would rather be anywhere at that moment than on his way back up onto the stage to collect a further £100 and also a free course for our company for a ‘Site supervisor’

Adam, Apprentice of the Year!!!