Apprentice from Easthouses builds a brighter future

Gavin McCann (Site Manager for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland) with award-winning apprentice Jed Smith.
Gavin McCann (Site Manager for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland) with award-winning apprentice Jed Smith.

An apprentice from Easthosues continues to impress, after being awarded for the second time in his first year of training at Edinburgh College.

Currently based at Taylor Wimpey’s Cameron Gardens in Bilston,bricklayer Jed Smith, (20),from Easthouses,has won the Best First Year Brickwork Apprentice award in recognition of his commitment, dedication, attendance and workmanship to both the company’s apprenticeship programme and his college work.

This follows his first place in the first year apprentice bricklayer category at Skillbuild 2015, making him one of Taylor Wimpey’s rising stars of the future.

Jed is also one of two young apprentices that secured a four year Modern Day Apprenticeship at Taylor Wimpey East Scotland following his participation in the ‘Get into Home Building’ pilot programme that ran at Edinburgh College in August last year.

Jed is currently working towards gaining his SVQ level three in Bricklaying.

He said: “I’m really delighted to have won this award.

“I’ve always been around the construction industry but it’s exciting to know that I’m now part of it!

“Having my apprenticeship with Taylor Wimpey is such an amazing opportunity, and I’m looking forward to progressing to the next level with my trade.”

Martyn Campbell, production director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland,is happy with Jed’s progress.

He said: “We’re delighted to see first-hand the very high standard of work that Jed produces for us here in the region, and we’re thrilled that he’s won this external award and recognition for his talent.

“Our four-year apprentice programme is well-established, and it gives us a great sense of satisfaction when you see partnership colleges such as Edinburgh College recognising young rising stars of construction like Jed.

“We are supporting the development of young people who are keen to be the future of the construction industry, and working hand-in-hand with further education colleges ensures that we maintain a good flow of talent into each of the trades of our business.

“Jed’s recognition as being the Best First Year Brickwork Apprentice at Edinburgh College is a brilliant personal achievement that I hope will continue to inspire him, and others like him to fulfil their ambition to play a key role in the construction industry.”