The Federation of Master Builders

Outstanding Sussex apprentice heralded as best in Southern Counties

Published date: 12 May 2017

Sussex apprentice, James King, has been named the Southern Counties region Apprentice of 2017 in the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) Master Builder Awards.

As part of the Master Builder Awards the FMB carries out a nationwide search to find the building industry’s best apprentices.

James, who works at Guilfoyle Construction in Chichester, was selected in a fiercely contested competition in which he was recognised for his high standard of workmanship and professional attitude toward his work and studies.

James has been awarded Southern Counties Region Apprentice 2017 for his dedication and determination. Rather continuing on the path working as a labourer for a ground work company, a job which he had been doing for several years, James pushed himself outside of his comfort zone and went back to college where he started a structured career path as an apprentice.

His lecturer, Glen Smith, commented that James always listens intently and is a model student; the dedication he shows is exceptional and encourages other students.  

The best in Southern Counties will now go up against other winning apprentices from around the UK with a chance to claim the coveted national Apprentice 2017 crown, as well as a cash prize of £500 from the FMB.  The national awards will be presented at a ceremony held at the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel in London on 15th September 2017, hosted by TV presenter and building enthusiast Nick Knowles.

Phil Hodge, Director of FMB South said, “This is a great opportunity for the FMB to reward the talented apprentices on which the UK construction industry will rely in the years to come.  This award is a testament to their hard work and enthusiasm in their chosen occupation.  James is a shining example of how commitment, dedication and determination can achieve results and we wish him luck in the national final.

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