Cameron is streets ahead

Published Tuesday, 5th April 2016
Cameron is congratulated by the Mayor, Cllr Maggi Clark, and Consort
Cameron is congratulated by the Mayor, Cllr Maggi Clark, and Consort

A Rotherham apprentice is streets ahead of his peers after scooping 'Construction Apprentice of the Year' at special ceremony.

Cameron Pilling, 18, who works for Rotherham Council’s Street-pride team, was named the ‘Construction Apprentice of the Year’ at Doncaster College’s Apprentice Awards.

The Awards, which were held on Tuesday 15 March to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, celebrated local employers and apprentices from across the region who have made ‘an exceptional contribution to their workplace’.

Cameron, from Rawmarsh, scooped the award in front of proud family and tutors, having started a Level 2 Road Maintenance apprenticeship at the Council just over 6 months ago, working four days a week within the Streetpride team, and studying on Tuesdays at Doncaster College.

Cameron said: "I really enjoy it, it can be hard work but the support is really good, you get told how things are done and once you’ve seen it a few times, you can get stuck in and be really hands on. Hopefully I’ll be able to do further studying, with a view to going full-time and developing more within the Council."

Andy Hamer, Programme Co-ordinator for Construction at Doncaster College, said: "From among a really good group of apprentices, Cameron really stood out. He impressed me with his determination to proactively improve his knowledge of safety procedures and demonstrated an eager willingness to learn new skills unmatched by other candidates. His supervisors’ statements showed me that he was well respected in all the teams he’s worked in so far – he’s a real credit to himself."

This follows a good week for the Council’s apprentices, with two more local apprentices due to start next month in Business Admin roles on the back of National Apprenticeship Week.

Apprenticeships at Rotherham Council demonstrate a commitment to the development of local, young people and a bid to nurture the workforce of the future, which was highlighted during National Apprenticeship Week. One of the Council’s Business Admin apprentices, Megan South, spent a day shadowing Chief Executive Sharon Kemp, and Rachel Watkins, a Level 3 Business Admin Apprentice, accompanied HR to the joint Rotherham Chamber and Rotherham College Apprentice Careers event on Wednesday, which promoted the benefits of Apprenticeships. Alongside this, many recent starters in apprentice roles at the Council met with Mayor Cllr Maggie Clark and her Consort on Friday 18 March, which was followed by a guided tour of the Town Hall.

Rotherham Council’s Assistant Chief Executive, Shokat Lal, said: "Cameron’s award is a fantastic achievement, and we’re proud of his efforts being recognised and commended by peers and professionals from around the region. We hope that his hard work and success will continue and his achievement will inspire more young people to think about undertaking apprenticeships with the Council in the future."