29th Nov 2013

Seddon star apprentices and trainees shine at awards celebration

Seddon named its top apprentices and training achievers at a special awards event held at Salford City College.

Joiner Oliver Braddock was named the company’s 2013 Apprentice of the Year at the Seddon Achievers Event. The 20-year-old, from Walkden, Salford, joined Seddon in 2010 and has been taken on as a permanent staff member after completing his apprenticeship with the company, gaining his advanced NVQ Level 3 qualification in carpentry and joinery earlier this year. Oliver studied for his NVQ through Bolton College.

Seddon training manager Tony Costello says: "Oliver has shown admirable determination and professionalism throughout his apprenticeship. Everyone is struck by his desire to succeed and always do his best work whether on site or at college. He thoroughly deserves to be the Seddon Apprentice of the Year.”

The Outstanding Contribution in Learning award for the person in the company who has achieved the most through training went to chartered legal executive lawyer Amanda Cox. The award was presented to Amanda by Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles.

Based at Seddon’s Bolton head office in Plodder Lane, Amanda lives in Bolton and joined Seddon in 2005. Earlier this year, she qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives after completing six years of part-time study and law-related work. While working with Seddon, Amanda gained her Professional Diploma in law and Professional Higher Diplomas in Contract, Land, Company and Conveyancing law.

"Amanda’s success is the result of sustained hard work and dedication over a number of years,” says Seddon commercial director Keith Waddington.  "The company is committed to supporting individuals throughout the company in developing their careers and Amanda is a great example of this.”

The company named 18-year-old Shelby Knight, from Walkden, Salford, as its 1st Year Apprentice of the Year. After joining Seddon in 2012, the teenager is working towards her NVQ Level 3 qualification in painting and decorating combining developing her work on site with college-based learning at Salford City College. Seddon painting manager Danny McCann says: "Shelby has done really well at site and at college. She has proved that she can do all aspects of the job, works very hard and to a high standard and always wants to learn more. It’s a pleasure to have her as part of our team.”

Twenty-year-old apprentice joiner Matthew Green-Morris, who lives in Walkden, Salford, was chosen as the company’s 2nd Year Apprentice of the Year. Matthew is working towards his NVQ Level 3 joinery qualification with the company’s support and is a student at Salford City College. Seddon site manager Chris Meads says: "Matthew has demonstrated impressive skills and enthusiasm and a commitment to keep improving at every stage of his apprenticeship. He is an extremely talented individual and we look forward to continuing to help him develop his career with the company.”

Seddon managing director Jonathan Seddon says: "Seddon is absolutely committed to training. This focus enables us to ensure that our workforce continues to be one of the most highly skilled in the industry, benefitting our clients and partners as well as local communities through the provision of training opportunities for local people.  Each of our award winners has shown incredible drive and dedication to developing their careers and I’m delighted to congratulate them on their achievements. They are all great ambassadors for the company.”

Photo: Seddon managing director Jonathan Seddon pictured with the award winners. Left to right, 1st Year Apprentice of the Year Shelby Knight; Apprentice of the Year Oliver Braddock; Outstanding Contribution in Learningaward winner Amanda Cox; Seddon managing director Jonathan Seddon; Matthew Green-Morris, 2nd Year Apprentice of the Year.


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