Apprentice awarded prestigious scholarship in Beeston

A young Nottinghamshire apprentice has been awarded entry to a coveted industry scholarship for his work on a new Bellway development in Beeston.

National housebuilder Bellway is proud to be supporting Jack Morley, 20, from Wollaton, who recently won entry onto the Barry & Peggy Foundation Scholarship through Central College Nottingham. Jack was awarded the scholarship for the exceptional quality of his workmanship and practical application of theoretical knowledge demonstrated both at college and onsite.

Jack initially started studying carpentry with Central College Nottingham back in 2012, which reaffirmed his desire for a career in the industry. Keen to gain some hands on experience, Jack secured his place on the Advanced Carpentry Apprenticeship with Bellway in 2014 and soon after began working at Silk.

Jack spoke of his pride in winning the award and the hard work that went into his work.

He said: “I was shocked, but absolutely delighted when I realised I was nominated for the award. It was nice to see my hard work recognised by the teachers, and I’m very appreciative of that.

“I push myself very hard in all areas of my work. I’m really proud of passing all my theory modules first time – they were a challenge that I overcame with dedication and hard work. I had to put what I’d learnt into practice and demonstrate precise woodworking skills with the machinery onsite, which largely consisted of precise cut roofs.

“Getting my NVQ was the best feeling because it now means I can work full time doing a job I really enjoy.

“My hopes are to become a qualified joiner like my uncle.”

As a respected college classmate and apprentice, Jack has the following advice for other young people thinking of beginning a career in the industry.

“Always give 100 per cent,” he said. “It sounds cliché, but teachers and employers really do look for a lot of enthusiasm and commitment.

“It’s also worth speaking to and working with as many experienced tradesmen as you can. They can teach you a lot and have been in your position before, so they know what it’s like to be learning everything for the first time.

“I would highly recommend Bellway to anyone. I’ve found the whole team to be very approachable and they are always more than willing to help. The company is very good at installing confidence in its workers, which is something apprentices greatly benefit from.”

Lee Wilkinson, Construction Developer at Silk, described how impressed he was with Jack’s performance and attitude.

He said: “The work that Jack has done with us has consistently been to a very high standard and we are very pleased with his progress.

“He should be very proud of the work he has completed so far and it’s great to see he’s been recognised for all he has done. I’m sure he has a bright future in the industry ahead of him.”

Bellway is building 130 new homes and apartments at Silk off Hassock Lane in Beeston.

The company employs apprentices at many of its sites across the East Midlands, and supports the Construction Youth Trust as one of its two nominated national charity partners. The charity works with disadvantaged young people, helping them to access career opportunities in the construction industry.

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