Last week we had the privilege of attending the East Midlands chamber Business awards at Colwick Hall to celebrate Zac’s nomination for apprentice of the year.
It was a great evening and lovely to see Zac recognised for his hard work, and fabulous that his family were all there to help him celebrate.

Our Story….As a small company having had a number of entry level starters over the years, we were unsure if our commitment to take on an apprentice full time would work out, or be the right decision for our business.
However after being introduced to the process and by team at the National Construction Academy and 3aaa’s we decided to give it ago.

It has now been almost a year since Zac joined the team and has exceeded our expectations and is a great example of what an apprentice should represent.
He has the whole package, a unique combination of great attitude, a hunger to learn, attention to detail and pride, reflected in quality workmanship. He is a credit to apprentices of today.

We firmly believe that apprentices are the core foundation for the future building sector.
Zac’s outstanding performance enables small businesses such as ours a lifeline to support growth which will in turn give more opportunities to others starting out in their trades. We hope to retain Zac in our business at the end of his apprenticeship and are confident that he could continue to grow and embrace further challenging roles. With his experience, we hope he can be a mentor to future apprentices within our business and also one day adopt an even more significant role in the industry.

Zac has brought a great dynamic to the team. He has a positive attitude, he is keen and enthusiastic. Being a small team Zac often is at the point of the customer interface, he is polite and respectful and a great ambassador for our company. He understands that although brickwork is his focus for training, in a company the size of ours he will not have a brick work focus every day but he is happy to undertake all tasks presented and support the team..
His success both on site and in college from the start is what led to Zac being selected for the East Midlands chamber of commerce business awards for apprentice of the year.
Zac was shortlisted from over 200 nominations and had to undertake a daunting panel interview along with the remaining 5 candidates. Naturally, the Apprentice of the Year category held stiff competition, and although Zac unfortunately didn’t win the title, he should be proud of his fantastic achievement in getting this far, such a shame in that after a glittering start to the presentation evening we were all eagerly anticipating Zacs speech!

The whole team at Willowstone would like to congratulate Zac on his achievement and success so far and thank Paul and the team at the NCA for their support on our apprenticeship journey.


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