During National Apprenticeship Week (11 to 15 March), affordable housing specialist Lovell has named 19-year-old Adrian Wetton from Wythenshawe, Manchester, as its Apprentice of the Year in the North West.
Trainee carpenter Adrian, who lives in Greenbrow Road, is part of the Lovell team working on the New Foxfield development which the company is building for Parkway Green Housing Trust. He lives round the corner from the new development of 68 houses, bungalows and apartments for affordable rent.
The teenager joined Lovell in September 2012 through a jobs fair organised by Parkway Green Housing Trust. With the support of Lovell, he is working towards an NVQ Level 2 qualification in carpentry and joinery. He attends the Wythenshawe campus of The Manchester College each Friday and the rest of the time builds up his practical expertise on site with Lovell.
Adrian, who was presented with a trophy and a framed certificate by Lovell, says: “When I joined Lovell it was my first experience of being on site and it’s been amazing. In a relatively short space of time, I’ve had the chance to work on a wide variety of joinery, from roofing and flooring to installing items such as staircases, windows, door frames, skirting boards and cupboards. Every single day I learn new things. I absolutely love it and wouldn’t trade this for any other job. Becoming an apprentice is an excellent way of getting on to a career path.”
“Adrian has impressed us all since starting his apprenticeship,” says Lovell craft trainee supervisor Paul Woby. “He is an outstanding team member on site, uses his initiative and is making excellent progress in his College studies too.”
Adrian’s award was announced during National Apprenticeship Week, which promotes the positive impact of apprenticeship training on individuals, businesses and communities.