Is your apprentice the nation’s number one?

Is your apprentice the nation’s number one?

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is on the hunt for the nation’s best apprentice.

As part of the FMB’s Master Builder Awards, the leading industry awards for small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the nation’s finest apprentices are celebrated. The Apprentice category recognises the valuable contribution that apprentices make to the construction industry and the employers who train them. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the talented apprentices on which the UK construction industry will rely in the years to come.

This award is open to any construction apprentice from a SME building firm, not just apprentices working for an FMB company member.

If you employ a fantastic apprentice, consider nominating them for this award to show them that you value their work. It could motivate them to excel even further.

Ask yourself:

  • Has your apprentice made a significant contribution to your workplace?
  • Does your apprentice go above and beyond what you ask of them?
  • Does your apprentice apply the skills they’re learning seamlessly to their work?

Fill out a short Apprentice Award nomination form and your apprentice could be in the running to win £500 as well as industry-wide recognition for all their hard work.

But what’s in it for you? Well, if your apprentice wins a regional or national award, your business will be recognised as an employer that cares about skills and development. And after all, FMB research shows that half of home owners would be more likely to actually hire a building firm knowing they train apprentices.


Your apprentice will thank you for nominating them at the Master Builder Awards but don’t just take our word for it, here is what is meant to the 2017 finalists:

Kieran Magee, National Winner:

Kieran said: “I was happy to even make it into the finals, but to win the overall best apprentice category was brilliant. I’m really proud and chuffed to have won. I’ve since finished my apprenticeship and have set up my own business. Winning the award did not go unnoticed by clients, and a few of them mentioned that they knew I’d won.”

“Having won the Award and seeing first hand the benefits it brings, I would encourage construction employers to nominate any exceptional apprentices they have – winning really did mean the world to me!”

James King, Southern Counties Apprentice Winner and national finalist:

James said: “I was very proud to have been named the best apprentice in the Southern Counties and to have made it to the finals of the Master Builder Awards. It means a lot to be recognised as one of the best apprentices out there. I am also thankful to my previous employer, my old college and client for nominating me.”

“I’ve now finished my apprenticeship in brickwork and following publicity in the press surrounding the awards, I’ve been recognised by clients. Reaching the finals has therefore helped me build up my career and make a name for myself.”

“I think me reaching the national finals reflected well on the firm I did my apprenticeship with, Guilfoyle Construction Limited. They train other apprentices too and firms that train an apprentice stand out from the crowd among potential clients.”

Gabriel Williams, Wales Apprentice Winner and national finalist:

Gabriel said: “Being a finalist in the Master Builder Awards is a great achievement – it’s something I’m incredibly proud of. I think being a finalist will definitely benefit my career and come across very well on my CV. I completed my apprenticeship in August 2017 and I’m now a Trainee Quantity Surveyor, attending university once a week.”

Ashley Budd, South West Apprentice Winner and national finalist

Ashley said: “I felt privileged to be a finalist, even being nominated is a great achievement. I feel very proud of my hard work and am extremely pleased to have won this award. Being a finalist is also great for the company that nominated me, FJ Reeves and Sons LTD. It shows how brilliant the training and support they offer is that they can produce award-winning apprentices.”



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