Kier apprentice scoops regional award
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Housing and also in Communities
Kier apprentice Dominic Batty is celebrating after winning the Senior Wall and Floor category in the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Skillbuild competition.
Dominic, who lives in Barnsley, came first out of six students, and is now anxiously waiting to hear whether he has succeeded in getting through to the next round – a three-day national event held in Birmingham.
Commenting on his win, Dominic, who was put forward for the competition by Barnsley College, where he receives his training, said: “I was pleased to be put forward for this competition and proud of my achievements so far.”
Having completed his NVQ level 3 in plastering with Kier in 2011, Dominic, 20, was keen to further develop his skills with the company and is now carrying out NVQ levels 2 and 3 in floor and wall tiling. His winning entry in the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Skillbuild competition consisted of a 3D design using six colours, which was marked on design, layout and angle accuracy.
Kier provides repairs and maintenance to council homes in the south-west of Barnsley and employs 120 people. Since the start of its contract with Barnsley Council?, Kier has recruited nine apprentices, providing practical training and coaching to local young people in a variety of trade skills.
Phil Oades, Kier senior operations director, said: “We are extremely proud of Dominic, not least for his competition win but for his drive and determination to improve his skills after completing his plastering apprenticeship. At Kier, we are committed to providing a range of opportunities for young people but equally devoted to nurturing and developing talent for the future. Dominic is an excellent example of positive investment in the next generation and we wish him success in getting through to the next round of the competition.
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