Corey Woodhouse has been named Incommunities’ top apprentice at a grand celebration event held last week.
Each year, the housing group’s prestigious Apprentice of the Year awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of its construction trainees with trades professionals, managers and staff casting their votes.
The fourth year apprentice electrician from Burley-in-Wharfedale is one of a roll call of award winners honoured at the ceremony staged at East Riddlesden Hall.
This year, a judging panel chose the following category winners:-
- Gavin Wilkinson – Best New Apprentice
- Adam Renard – Peer Award (voted for by fellow apprentices)
- Keeley McIntyre – Main Trades Award
- Corey Woodhouse – Electrical Award
- Tion Richards – Plumbing Award
- Emily Cook – The Graham Watson Special Achievement Award (made in recognition of a former Incommunities colleague who sadly died in 2009).
The Mentor Award went to joiner, Stephen Brown, for the excellent learning support provided as part of the housing group’s apprenticeship programme.
Corey Woodhouse was named overall Apprentice of the Year winner. He was presented with the Chair’s Award by Dave Procter, Incommunities’ Group Chairman and Steve Davis, Managing Director of award sponsors, Kalcrest Group.
In voting Corey’s colleagues were full of praise for his work. Comments included: ‘Corey has a great attitude and is a great asset for Incommunities’… ‘I have never come across an apprentice so knowledgeable about their trade’… ‘his thirst for knowledge is truly amazing’ …. ‘Corey will make an excellent electrician’ ….and ….‘he will make a great mentor to other apprentices’.
On receiving his award Corey said: “I was very happy to win the Electrical Award but then they said I was the overall winner – it was surreal.
“I think apprenticeships are one of the best things ever.”
The individual award sponsors were Tool Central, Broadford Tool Hire, Edmundson Electrical, City Electrical Factors, PTS Plumbing Trade Supplies, Hays Recruiting, Magnet and Kalcrest Group.
Incommunities’ award winning apprenticeship programme draws its recruits from across communities and covers a range of construction trades. It is currently training 24 people from school leavers to men and women looking to take a new career path.
Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive, said: “These awards provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and showcase the fantastic contribution made by our apprentices.
“I would like to congratulate all our award winners, those commended and all those apprentices nominated. They can be extremely proud of their achievements in the last twelve months and their contribution to our successful customer-focused business.”
Delroy Beverley, Director of Incommunities – Propertysolutions, with responsibility for managing the group’s apprenticeship programme, said: “Each year these awards recognise the application, skills, aptitude and team work shown by some of the best apprentices in the country.
“Behind their success is a highly professional team of managers, mentors and staff who are committed to helping each apprentice to achieve their potential.
“Well done to Corey, all the prize winners and a special thanks to our business sponsors who each year show their support for these prestigious awards.”
Photo shows (front): Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive with Corey Woodhouse (centre) and Delroy Beverley, Director of Incommunities – Propertysolutions and category winners at the awards night.