Celebrating Successes for a sustainable future

Each year, Ian Williams rewards the achievements of our Apprentices, Trainees and other staff achievers with a Qualification Celebration event. This year, we hosted two events at spectacular locations: Bristol Aerospace under Concorde and Tamworth Snowdome, overlooking the indoor slopes. The events saw 46 Apprentices, Trainee Surveyors and staff achievers as well as the mentors and site coaches who support them, come together to celebrate their collective achievements.

Sian Pearce, Training and Development Manager, explains more: “This year’s Qualification Celebration Lunch saw 46 Apprentices and Trainee Surveyors recognised for successfully completing their training through the Ian Williams Academy to become fully-fledged Operatives and Surveyors within the business. In addition, 5 staff achievers joined the celebrations, having completed professional qualifications in Marketing, IT and Health & Safety.

Congratulations to the achievers:

Charlie Coles – Carpenter

Daniel Rayner – Painter

Fin Burn – Carpenter

Jonathan Cook – Painter

Liam Cronin – Carpenter

Lloyd Briggs – Carpenter

Sam Bishop – Painter

Daniel Thresher – Finance

Joshua Hale – Finance

Marcus Cole – IT

Jamie Rabbitts – Surveyor

Joe Allen – Surveyor

Sam Hargreaves – Painter

Tyler Heath – Plumber

Tyler Hewes – Electrician

Azziza Kaddem – Surveyor

Julie Melhuish – Surveyor

Kerry Burns – Surveyor

Michael Pearson – Surveyor

Marcus Wood – Surveyor

Sam Oakley – Surveyor

Jake Havard – Surveyor

Howard Mascall – IT

Matt Leeson – Business Development

Mike Dunstan – IT

Daniel Brighouse – Painter

Daniel Murrison – Painter

Jake Douras – Painter

Jay Barrett – Painter

Lee Whelan – Painter

Nathan Fulwell – Painter

Pauline Howarth – Surveyor

Shaun Holden – Surveyor

Ross Gould – Surveyor

Mark Price – Health & Safety  

Paul Doran – Health & Safety

Omar Ali – Health & Safety

“The achievement of these brilliant people really deserves celebrating. The programmes are tough, from the rigorous interviews we put them through, the studies over the years, to completing their exams and gaining a formal qualification and a job with real prospects.

“Another important aspect of the programmes that deserves recognition, is the integral role the mentors and site coaches play in supporting the Apprentices. They support the Apprentices with the practical application of skills learnt at college as well as preparing them for work in the business with for example, dealing with customers, which is just as important to their roles. This year, we asked the business to make nominations for Best mentor and Best site coach so we could thank those who are making a real difference. Congratulations to Kevin Edwardson, Mike Morrisey, Jamie Park, Neil Noton, Lee Taylor, Wayne Cockley and Steven Scott.

“During the nomination process, there was one person that really stood out. Business Manager Richard Croucher was regarded as a true ambassador of Ian Williams, encouraging and empowering his teams, making sure apprentices and new starters are welcomed, inducted and developed from day 1. Richard received a Special Recognition award.

“Managing Director, Zane Poyner and People Director, Jason Gorin joined both events to hand out certificates and personally congratulate the achievers. Both spoke about the importance of the Academy to the sustainable future of the business. Zane shared his own trainee story and commented that Ian Williams has a long tradition of ‘pay it back’ where looking after and bringing others through the business is part of Ian Williams’ core values.

“In 2023, the Academy programme is growing once again. We currently have 101 Apprentices and Trainees enrolled and we will be adding another 53 Apprentices and 12 Trainee Surveyors throughout the rest of the year, including new opportunities for customer service apprentices in our National Helpdesk – the iwhub. This is a great reflection of Ian Williams’ commitment to developing and retaining the best talent, and a positive message not just for the business but the construction industry as a whole as we continue to face skills shortages across the sector.”

For more information: www.ianwilliams.co.uk/our-academy

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