Two New City College apprentices have won through to the final four of the ABC Brickwork Outstanding Apprentice of the Year competition – beating hundreds of contestants across the UK.
As we get ready to mark National Apprenticeship Week from February 6-12, we are delighted to announce that Thomas Ashby and Jack Simmons were chosen as finalists for their work ethic, superb craftsmanship and dedication to the industry.
Along with the two other finalists, they are looking forward to The ABC Awards ceremony on February 24 2023 at London’s Royal Horseguards Hotel where the overall winner will be revealed.
Jack, who is employed by Swift Brickwork and attends New City College’s Construction & Engineering Centre in Rainham, has already won the college Apprentice of the Year title and is hoping he can add another trophy to his cabinet.
Asked why he chose to train as a bricklayer, Jack said: “The inspiration to become a bricklayer was my desire to appreciate the work that I can accomplish and the ability to always work hard and improve, no matter where I am in my career. Bricklaying ticked all these boxes. I love that I can stand a couple of feet away and look at the work that I have completed that day and be proud of myself.”
His skills are certainly appreciated by his mentor, Dean Degun, from Swift Brickwork, who said: “Firstly, I must stress that Jack has never been late or missed a day from the start of his employment. Each morning he is out on site before we start preparing for the day and by the same token, he is the last one in after making sure everything is complete, covered and tidy.”
See Jack at work, below and above, and winning the Rainham campus Apprentice of the Year award presented by Dean Degun.