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Ardmore apprentice named Apprentice of the Year at the Mayor Fund for London Awards

Fri 22nd Mar 2019

Twenty-two-year-old Ardmore Apprentice, Shaquan Carmichael, has been named as Apprentice of the Year at the Mayor Fund for London Awards in recognition of his approach at our 268-home Pembury Circus scheme, being developed for Peabody and Bellway Homes.

Shaquan joined Ardmore in May 2013 after gaining a place on our pre-apprenticeship programme at Hackney College, which focused on developing construction industry knowledge, learning job-related skills and accessing the CSCS card.

Following his successful completion of two weeks of work experience on-site at Pembury under the tutelage of a mentor, Shaquan passed the course with flying colours. Of the 12 young people to complete both stages, due to his new professional attitude, confidence and diligence, Shaquan was successful in securing one of the six Ardmore apprenticeships in bricklaying.

Shaquan has been participating in the scheme for 14 months and recognises the tremendously beneficial impact the opportunity has had on his life. He has also recently started an advanced apprenticeship post on Ardmore’s Fulbourne Road site in Walthamstow.

Shaquan now regularly trains new members of staff on site and in October 2014 he volunteered as a mentor to students with behavioural difficulties to encourage them into apprenticeships. He has been mentoring students interested in construction ever since.

Ardmore’s development director, Chris Langdon said:

“I am delighted that Shaquan has been recognised with this significant award. When he first joined Ardmore through the Ladders for London scheme, he was noticeably lacking in confidence. However, over the last 2 years Shaquan has delighted us with his enthusiastic approach: he works hard and is determined to produce the high standard of work we demand. Shaquan thoroughly deserves this award, and I am extremely proud of him and his achievement.

In winning this award, Shaquan has shown that with the right attitude and determination it is possible to overcome some difficult circumstances and develop sought-after skills whilst following a vocational route.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said:

“For London to retain its pre-eminence in a highly competitive global market, there has to be continuous investment in our young people, from all backgrounds. I am committed to ensuring young Londoners are equipped with the skills they will need to help them move into great careers, through our education and training programmes, as well as apprenticeships. The Mayor’s Fund for London is doing fantastic work in this area and I applaud the efforts of all the organisations and individuals being recognised by these awards for their dynamic approach to youth employment in London.”