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  • OCTG Apprentice Awards Evening on 19 October 2017


    On 19 October 2017 the Oxford Construction Training Group held its Apprentice Awards evening at the De Vere Oxford Thames Hotel.

    The Apprentice Awards were sponsored by Buildbase, Gelder Joinery, Symm and Smiths of Bletchingdon and opened with an introduction from Chris Kimber-Nickelson, current Chairman of the OCTG. Speakers John Tolson – a former apprentice navigator in the Merchant Navy – and Alfie Saunders of Smiths and Sons offered some interesting perspectives on apprenticeships and their value to young people, their employers and to the future of the construction industry.

    There were 18 nominations overall from 11 nominating organisations, with nominees coming from a range of trades including Bench Joinery, Building Maintenance/Carpentry, Bricklaying, Groundworks, Site Carpentry and Plumbing & Heating.

    Apprentices shortlisted for an award were each presented with a certificate and small prize in recognition of their success.


    NVQ Level 3 – Samm Murphy, Bricklayer, Wain & Francis Limited.

    NVQ Level 2 – Harry Dorsett, Bench Joiner, Barr Joinery Limited.

    Merit Award – Martynas Jakomas, Bricklayer, Knowles & Son (Oxford) Limited.

    Special Recognition Award – Aidan Webber, Plumbing & Heating Engineer, E W Plumbing & Heating Limited.

    At Symm, we believe strongly in the value of apprenticeships and very much welcome and support the OCTG Apprentice Awards. We have a long history both of training young people and involvement in the furtherment of apprentice training in the industry. All three Symm apprentices who recently completed their NVQ3 – Nathan Stacey, Tom Kogel and Eamon Parker – have been taken on as qualified tradesmen and we are delighted to announce that we have just agreed new apprenticeships with four young people, with more to follow.

    Our Apprentice Ambassadors regularly attend events organised by training providers and others where young people have the opportunity to learn about the vast range of apprenticeships available to them, many in the construction industry.

    If you would like to know more about apprenticeships and what is available to anyone wondering about their first career steps, please take a look via the links below.

    Contact details for vacancies or apprenticeships at Symm

    The Oxfordshire Construction Training Group (OCTG) Go Construct Oxfordshire Apprenticeships ACE Training

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