Lympstone: Thomas scoops south west’s civil engineering ‘most promising apprentice’ award

PUBLISHED: 17:27 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:27 14 November 2017

Photo caption l to r: Thomas Mitchell receiving his award from Jon Benton, Chairman of CECA (SW).

Photo caption l to r: Thomas Mitchell receiving his award from Jon Benton, Chairman of CECA (SW).

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Thomas Mitchell, from Lympstone, scooped an award for his achievements as a construction technical apprentice with Interserve Construction, based in Exeter. He was named the south west’s most promising apprentice by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA).

Thomas Mitchell, from Lympstone, has been named the south west’s most promising apprentice by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA).

He received the accolade for his achievements as a construction technical apprentice with Interserve Construction, based in Exeter.

The CECA South West Training Awards are presented annually to trainee civil engineers, apprentices and lifetime achievers in recognition of exceptional performance and dedication.

Thomas won his award for the technical and commercial knowledge he displayed during the first year of his apprenticeship, reaching standards of performance which ‘belied his experience and exceeded the expectations of his employer’.

In recognition of his success, Thomas received a certificate and cheque for £500 at the CECA South West awards ceremony held at The Grand Hotel, Torquay.

Thomas praised the apprenticeship route and encouraged other young people to look at similar schemes as a way into gaining employment.

He said: “When I left school I had a place at university to study physics, but I didn’t feel this was right for me. I got a job as a software engineer, spent some time as a life guard, but then an opportunity came up for an apprenticeship with Interserve and I haven’t looked back. It’s a good route into the industry and I’d certainly recommend other young people to consider it.

“I am working as part of the commercial team at Interserve at present, but I’m keen to get exposure to as many different areas of the business as possible.”

Congratulating Thomas, Jon Benton, chairman of CECA South West, hoped more young people would consider the career prospects available in civil engineering.

He said: “Infrastructure construction in the south west is growing faster than any other region of England - led by the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station – and, as a result, around 20,000 new jobs will be created over the next five years.

“This opens up lots of different career opportunities for young people, and it’s vital for the health of our regional economy that we excite school leavers and graduates about their prospects in our sector and the rewards on offer.”

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