National Award for William Davis Apprenticeship Scheme
Loughborough-based contractor and developer, William Davis Ltd has won a national award for its long-running and highly successful apprenticeship scheme.
In the third annual National Federation of Builders (NFB) awards, the scheme was announced as the winner of the Apprentice Scheme of the Year category, meaning it is top in the country. Designed to celebrate the best talent in the UK’s construction industry, the NFB awards are held in association with NHBC and B&CE and recognise the hard work and efforts of members across 14 categories.
The Apprentice Scheme of the Year honours a company for innovation in delivering apprenticeships; successful working relationships with colleges and training providers; creating opportunities for young people to inspire others towards construction careers and overall commitment to furthering the knowledge of future generations. The William Davis scheme, which has been formally established since the late sixties (although the company has been employing apprentices since 1946), excelled across all these criteria and was declared overall winner.
Presented at a formal luncheon in London’s imposing Grand Connaught Rooms, the awards were hosted by TV presenter and consumer affairs specialist, Dominic Littlewood. William Davis’ production director, Mark Chettleburgh and apprentice master, Pete Weston collected the certificate and trophy.
Mark said: “Winning this award was a total surprise for all of us but we are incredibly honoured to be nationally recognised. Our apprenticeship scheme is a source of great pride, not only does it enjoy a strong reputation, attracting hundreds of applicants annually, but it has also produced generations of skilled tradespeople, many of whom remain with the company today. We are committed to championing young people via apprenticeships and are thrilled that this has been recognised with a national industry award.”
In addition to winning the NFB award, the William Davis apprenticeship scheme has also been selected to go through to the next round of judging in the National Apprenticeship Awards, ahead of the regional finals this September.
Image: In a celebratory mood! Some of William Davis’ current and past apprentices, apprentice masters and management team including (bottom left), general manager for plant, health & safety and environment, Paul Bivins, the very first winner of the company’s in-house Apprentice of the Year Award.