William Birch & Sons apprentice Austen Aldridge has won an Apprentice of the Year award from York College - and is the college’s first winner of this new award, supported by the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT).
York College introduced the construction-focused award scheme this year to recognise young talent amongst its students in the City of York area and Austen was cited as being ‘the overall best apprentice (all crafts) who has had the best attendance and shown outstanding dedication and superb skill development.’
Austen (19) lives in New Earswick and has been a bricklaying apprentice at William Birch & Sons for almost two years. He is studying his craft at York College. The award came as a complete surprise to him: “The letter came out of the blue and the award is not just for my bricklaying work, but for all crafts, so I was very happy, and grateful to my tutor for putting me forward for it!”
Austen’s name is the first to be engraved on the new shield which he holds for a year before passing it back to the college.
William Birch & Sons Chairman Chris Birch was delighted for Austen, saying, “I am extremely proud of Austen’s achievements, both at college and on site. The award is a well-deserved recognition of his achievements and he is a credit to William Birch & Sons.”