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Success at Regional Awards

» 19th September 2013

(from left to right - Mark Coope, Sharon Bass, Ben Coope, Steve Burley, Amanda Henson, Mark Townsend and Kevin Brown from JTL)


Derry Building Services are proud to have picked up two awards at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013 - East Midlands Regional Finals held on the 18th September 2013 at Kelham Hall.


Fighting off tough competition Derry Building Services were awarded Medium Employer of the Year (sponsored by Nuclear Decommissioning SLC) for companies of between 25 and 249 employees for their apprenticeship programme while Ben Coope, Electrical Contracts Engineer, beat hundreds of applicants to be announced as Advanced Apprentice of the Year.


Both will now proceed to the final national judging stage and the highest scoring Apprenticeship Employers nationally will have the additional honour of featuring in the acclaimed England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, produced by the National Apprenticeship Service in Partnership with City & Guilds.


The National Awards will be announced on the 14th November 2013 at The Skills Show, NEC, Birmingham.


Mark Townsend, Managing Director said;


‘We are immensely proud of all of our apprentices, and of the apprenticeship training schemes that we have created, but to have it formally recognised at an awards ceremony like this is a real honour.

Having started my career as an apprentice I understand just how important this route into a career can be for young people. To see both companies and young people so passionate about apprenticeships and getting the recognition they deserve is a great thing to be a part of.

We will now turn our attention to the National Judging Stage and hope that both Bens’ and the Companies’ commitment to apprenticeship training will see us shortlisted nationally.’


Ben Coope, Electrical Contracts Engineer said;


‘To have won the Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award is a real privilege, especially with the competition being so strong.

I am very proud of my apprenticeship and hope that by winning I can use my experiences to encourage other young people that apprenticeships are a real alternative to university and a great way of getting into your chosen career.’

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