A local apprentice is celebrating after being named a finalist for the Construction Apprentice of the Year Awards.
Level 3 Horticulture apprentice, Ben Pedler, is “thrilled” to be one of the finalists for the Construction Apprentice of the Year Awards to be held at Plymouth Guildhall.
The annual awards recognise the importance of the construction and built environment industry for Plymouth and the part that employers’ and their apprentices play in ‘Building Plymouth’.
The awards look to acknowledge the apprentice’s exceptional contribution to their workplace, and appreciate their commitment to the Apprenticeship experience.
Ben is a valued team member at Plymouth City Council. As part of the Central Park improvements he has been project managing parts of the replanting of the plant beds to include planning and ordering materials.
He understands the reason behind his work, contributing to improving the landscape of Central Park and the impact his work has on the environment.
“I am really proud of what I have achieved so far, so are my family,” Ben explains.
“I thoroughly enjoy my role at Plymouth City Council and I am passionate about making Plymouth a better place to live. I feel it is really important to work towards high standards to impress visitors to Plymouth in 2020 for Mayflower 400.”
“My skills including communication and confidence have improved immensely during my apprenticeship.”
Ben started on the Careers South West Groundbreaker programme where he worked on landscaping and farming projects with Devon Wildlife Trust, the National Trust and Pool Farm.
It was during this time that Ben developed a passion for working outdoors and for the environment. He completed training in employability skills and secured an apprenticeship with Plymouth City Council where he completed a Level 2 Horticulture Apprenticeship Programme before progressing onto Level 3.
Ben travels to Duchy College Rosewarne every other week and has been able to apply his learning at College to his every day work.
Business Development Manager at Cornwall College Business (CCB), Jane Wickett, said it “is fantastic to see what Ben has achieved so far”.
“We are all very proud of him and wish him the best of luck in the final.”