A 19-year-old trainee project manager at a Newtown construction and civil engineering company has been rewarded for hard work by being named Apprentice of the Year in new awards launched by one of Wales’ leading training providers.
Danny Foulkes, from EvaBuild, collected his award at the inaugural Cambrian Training Company Apprenticeship, Employment and Skills Awards 2017 held at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells last night (Thursday).
Nick Evans, EvaBuild’s managing director, described Danny as exemplifying everything that is great about apprenticeships. He has achieved a Foundation Apprenticeship and an Apprenticeship in Business Administration alongside other qualifications and has his sights set on progressing to degree level in Civil Engineering and Construction.
“This award makes all the hard work and personal sacrifice worthwhile and my aim is to continue learning and developing,” said Danny, who thanked EvaBuild and Cambrian Training Company training officer Sarah Jones for their support.
The other Apprentice of the Year finalists were Ashley Frampton, chef de partie and Phoebe Swaddling, hostess, both at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport and Amanda Helsby, administrator officer for South Denbighshire Community Partnership.
Cambrian Training Company, which has offices in Welshpool, Holyhead, Colwyn Bay and Llanelli, has launched the awards to celebrate all that is great about training, apprenticeships and skills in Wales. The company delivers apprenticeships to 1,200 learners and works with around 400 employers across Wales.
Cambrian Training Company’s managing director Arwyn Watkins congratulated Danny and all the finalists, saying they were all winners. “We work with some great employers and learners throughout Wales as we deliver a range of apprenticeship, skills and employment training programmes on behalf of the Welsh Government,” he added
“These awards celebrate the achievements of those who have exceeded expectations during their engagement and commitment to training and skills programmes and shown a unique approach to training and development and demonstrated initiative, enterprise, innovation and creativity.”
The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
Photo: Danny Foulkes receives his award from Ian Fletcher, Cambrian Training Company’s director of operations.