Plastering apprentice Jordan Kitching was crowned Incommunities’ apprentice of the year at a glittering celebration event in Bradford this week (6th April).
On winning his prize Jordan (20) from Bradford, said: “I’m overwhelmed at winning this award.
“The apprentice programme has given me the opportunity to prove what I’m capable of, learn new skills and grow as a person.
“My mentor, Andy Delahaye has taught me so much and along with my trades colleagues has been brilliant.
“I’m so grateful to Incommunities who have set me on the road to what I hope will be an exciting and rewarding career.”
Jordan was also named Main Trades Award winner.
Tony Thompson, Incommunities’ Construction Skills Training Manager, who manages the group’s apprenticeship programme said: “We are delighted for Jordan. His performance has been exceptional since day one.
“He sets very high standards for himself and is always looking at ways to improve his skills and make a positive contribution as a valued team player.”
Fellow trades’ people, managers and staff were asked to cast their votes for their top apprentices across three categories as well as the top ‘graduate’ of the group’s apprenticeship programme.
A judging panel then chose the following roll call of award winners:-
Elizabeth Wilson – Plumbing Award
Jai Kay and Antonio Robinson (joint winners) – Electrical Award
Jordan Kitching – Main Trades Award
Rosanne Heaton – The Graham Watson Special Achievement Award (awarded to a former apprentice and now fully qualified operative). This award is made in recognition of a former Incommunities colleague who sadly died in 2009.
Jordan joined Incommunities in 2014 and is the sixth male apprentice plasterer to join the programme
In voting comments included: ‘Jordan is a great credit to the apprenticeship scheme and has an excellent manner …. his dedication to his job is second to none…. Jordan is a perfect role model for other apprentices – hard working, self-motivated and very much a team player.’
Jordan, who completes his apprenticeship in August received his prizes from Incommunities’ Group Chief Executive, Geraldine Howley.
The awards’ sponsors are: Polyflor, Wolseley Plumb Centre, Magnet, City Electrical Factors, Broadford Tool Hire, Edmundson Electrical, Basi Heating, VPS, Redmond Group, O’Hara Services, SKN Scaffolding, Ideal Boilers, Stelrad, Jewson and Saint-Gobain.
Each apprentice with Incommunities follows a high quality structured training programme which combines college-based training with on the job learning working alongside experienced trades people.
Incommunities’ award winning apprenticeship programme draws its recruits from across communities and from a range of construction trades. The apprentices include school leavers and men and women looking to build new careers.
Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to Jordan who is a very deserved winner of our 2016/17 apprentice awards. Well done too to all our prize winners and everyone nominated.
“These awards provide a wonderful showcase of the excellent work and contribution shown by our apprentices on their journey towards building exciting careers.”
Jez Lester, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive, Asset Management, said: “These awards recognise the commitment, skills, aptitude and team work shown by our apprentices in their work and as part of their training.
“We are committed to investing in talented local people and behind their success stories is a highly professional group of managers, trades people and staff who invest their time in nurturing their potential. I would like to thank each one of them for their important contribution.”