We were delighted when trainee structural technician Tom Nichols was shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year 2014.
Having successfully completed his BTEC Level 3 as part of his ongoing ‘Construction and the Built Environment’ course at Guernsey College of Further Education, we put Tom forward for the award and, following consideration of his nomination by the judges, he progressed to the final shortlist.
Although Tom has less that than three years’ experience, he has already been involved with a range of projects including alterations to existing and new builds, and works to flats and offices, as well as some heritage buildings. His understanding of the need to maintain good customer relationships is well beyond that we would expect of an apprentice with his level of experience, and is one of the reasons we nominated him.
Tom was invited to interview in front of the judging panel where his contribution to the company and his apprenticeship studies were considered with regard to the following criteria; commitment to the trade, workplace performance, commitment to employer and examples of initiative.
These are just a couple of the comments which formed part of our submission to the panel.
‘Particularly important to us is time management to ensure client satisfaction and Tom is mindful of working well to dead-lines. This is undoubtedly due to his ability to engage with other professionals at all levels of experience and communicate with them in a respectful, professional manner.’
‘Tom is willing to suggest engineering solutions to real and existing client problems. Most importantly Tom is enthusiastic and not afraid to correct his own errors and learn new solutions to engineering problems.’
While not the overall winner, Tom was presented with a framed certificate in recognition of his efforts at a ceremony at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts earlier this summer and we will continue to support him as he continues his studies while on day release.
In the meantime, he is currently expanding his practical expertise by undertaking groundworks and drafting and detailing in a range of materials.
Tom isn’t the only student who has been working with us. As part of our ongoing commitment to training and continuous professional development, we are always keen to encourage prospective new recruits to further their skills and knowledge and so, when Cashel Cahill enquired if there was any possibility of summer work at Babbé McCathie, we were only too pleased to take him on.
Having successfully completed the first year of his Civil Engineering (MEng) degree at the University of Southampton, passing with flying colours, Cashel has since demonstrated the ability to become a valuable member of the team.
He previously undertook one week’s work experience with us in 2012 whilst completing his A-levels and obviously thoroughly enjoyed his time here because he asked to come back!
This summer, Cashel gained valuable practical experience with Babbé McCathie and has built on the knowledge gained at university with CAD programmes such as AutoCAD and Revit. He fitted in so well that we’ve already offered him a one year full time place with the company as part of his studies. As a result, Cashel is now considering different options for his four year degree and we wish him every success while at university and look forward to working with him as he develops his career.
This commitment to training and development is reflected throughout The T & G Group and was further evidenced when Troy Rees-Davies was announced as the Skills Jersey Young Achiever of the Year at the recent Jersey Construction Council Awards.
Troy is currently midway through a Masters degree in Civil Engineering at Cardiff University and, having completed summer work experience with our sister company T & G Limited in 2012, he returned to the company in September 2013 to complete a year of industrial training. He’s now back at Cardiff, but as with Cashel, the Group will continue to provide him with the support and practical experience he needs to become one of the next generation of locally born CI engineers.
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