Teen carpentry apprentice, James Donald, has proved that he has the right tools of the trade after winning an Outstanding Apprentice Award in Colchester Institute’s Apprenticeship and Further Education Awards 2018.
James began his two-year apprenticeship in September 2016, which involves working at Greenfields Community Housing four days a week and attending Colchester Institute on the remaining day to gain his Level 2 Carpentry Apprenticeship. As well as learning carpentry skills, James is also helping to keep Greenfields’ homes up to standard by doing tiling, floor tiling, plumbing and electrics.
Ross Wilson, Voids Supervisor and James’ Manager at Greenfields, feels very proud of James’ achievements: “With Colin’s guidance, James is fast becoming an excellent multiskilled tradesmen. He’s going above and beyond what we would expect from an apprentice, and he is a great lad; always polite. This award win is fully deserved.”
James is very passionate about the work he does with the Voids team, which ensures vacated homes are ready for new residents: “I love my job as I’m learning so much and I’ve been told how pleased tenants are with the work that I do. I want tenants’ homes to be pretty much maintenance free when they move in, so they can live a happy life from the start.”
James is hopeful that he will be able to stay with Greenfields in the long-term: “Everyone is so supportive, and it would be amazing to get a job here at the end of my apprenticeship.”
Carpenter Colin Mursell has mentored James since he began at Greenfields. He said: “James is doing really well. He gets to do carpentry and use other skills every day – he can get everything done in one job. I just tell him to go and tile a bathroom and he does!”
Adam Ferguson, course leader at Colchester Institute, nominated James: “He has been an absolute joy to teach and I am so happy that I was able to put him forward for this award.”
James will receive his award on Thursday 21 June at Swinburne Hall, Colchester Institute Campus.
This is the second time a Greenfields staff member has taken home the award for Outstanding Apprentice, with Stephen Medhurst, a Repairs Administrator who went on to become a surveyor at Greenfields, winning in 2015.
We’re proud to have helped 44 bright young things kick-start their careers in everything from Plumbing to Business Administration over the last decade. And we’re committed to hiring up to 50 new apprentices and interns across the business between 2015 and 2020.
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