A hardworking construction apprentice from Greater Manchester has been named as Apprentice of the Year at an event attended by dignitaries and politicians.
Daniel Holt, 20, was named as builder and developer Seddon’s best apprentice at an awards ceremony held in Salford. The event was held to coincide with the company’s 80th year of training the next generation of construction talent.
Apprentices from across the country attended the ceremony at Salford College, with a total of six awards presented to the company’s hardworking employees.
Salford and Eccles MP Hazel Blears, Mayor of Bolton Cllr Martin Donaghyand chief executive of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Adrian Belton all took to the stage to hand out the awards.
Daniel is no stranger to awards having already been shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and UK Contractors Group Apprentice of the Year gongs this year.
"This is by far the best event I have ever won or been shortlisted for,” said bricklayer Daniel, who is from Smithhills in Bolton.
"I am incredibly proud to work for Seddon and can’t believe they have named me as their apprentice of the year. My parents will be over the moon.”
Daniel was given his award by Managing Director Jonathan Seddon, whose family company has taken on apprentices for the last 80 years. Jonathan said: "This awards ceremony was a chance to reward the hard work apprentices put in every day. They are the company’s future and without their dedication we would not be able to deliver the high standard of work Seddon is known for across the UK.
"Many of our senior members of staff started their careers as apprentices and I can see Daniel and his fellow winners rising to the top of the company if they continue to dedicate themselves to their craft.”
Seddon has strong ties to Salford, where the event was held, having established in Little Hulton 117 years ago. Now based in Bolton, the national firm boasts a turnover close to £200 million and trains 57 apprentices across the UK.
Hazel Blears, the Labour MP for Salford and Eccles, said: "Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to earn while they learn and it was fantastic to see the hard work of so many talented apprentices being celebrated here in Salford.
"We need more companies like Seddon to work with the likes of Salford City College to offer these amazing opportunities.
"They can be the launch pad for many a long and happy career and the jobs created really boost our local economy.”
Award winners on the day included, Matthew Pass; 1st Year Apprentice of the Year; Lewis Derbyshire, 2nd Year Apprentice of the Year; James Cartwright, National Skills Academy for Construction Apprentice Award; and Daniel Holt, Seddon Apprentice of the Year.
Another two accolades were given to Seddon employees who had mentored and guided apprentices working on sites across the UK. These winners were Malcolm Walasiewicz who received a special recognition award for his work in Stoke, and Paul Greenhalgh who scooped an inspiration award.