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Highly Commended: The Ron Simmonds Trade Apprentice of the Year 2023

Huge congratulations to Lewis Chapman who is undertaking an Intermediate Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery with TEC Construction and City College Plymouth, for being Highly Commended in The Ron Simmonds Trade Apprentice of the Year Awards 2023.

After receiving his Highly Commended Award, Lewis Chapman said:

“As an Apprentice, it's a great feeling to be invited to these awards and shown how much we are appreciated.”

Lewis’s apprenticeship journey began in September 2020 and from the very beginning, he has shown outstanding professionalism at the workplace, both on and offsite. Demonstrating how skills learnt in a classroom can be implemented within a live construction environment, Lewis has not only set a high standard for TEC apprentices, but has also become a valued colleague and team member.

It was clear from early on that Lewis has the personality traits to help him succeed. He has shown excellent organisational skills, strong attention to detail, and proven to be extremely reliable. Alongside a polite and professional manner, he is destined for success!

During his apprenticeship, Lewis has worked well independently and has always had a pro-active mindset, actively seeking new tasks. This outlook and eagerness to learn has also led to him successfully securing his IPAF accreditation, meaning he can take on new responsibilities.

Bryan Strang, Site Manager at TEC Construction: “I have found Lewis to be conscientious in his work. If I allocate a job to him, I know that he will approach it thoughtfully and will do everything he can to complete it in a timely manner and to a high standard. These traits have made Lewis a very dependable member of the team who is well liked and respected as a result.”

Lewis continues to receive excellent feedback from team mates, tutors and clients. As his knowledge and confidence grows, Lewis is setting a very high standard for others to follow.

Kevin Marlow, Lecturer in Carpentry and Architectural Joinery at City College Plymouth said: “Lewis enquires and asks relevant questions when attempting new difficult and challenging tasks, this shows determination and resilience which enables him to always finish a task. Lewis now possesses a wide range of in-depth carpentry knowledge which he applies to each task attempted, these completed practical tasks show high quality and accuracy.”

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