Young apprentice shines at construction awards

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A YOUNG apprentice from Portsmouth has won a national award for his work.

Barry Hooper, 23, won the Roof Sheeting and Cladding Year 2 category at this year’s National Construction College (NCC) Awards, which took place at the NCC in Birmingham.

As well as Barry, 12 other nominees were commended for their outstanding efforts in 13 categories including flooring, highways maintenance and essential skills.

A jubilant Barry said: ‘Being nominated for an award was great – but to actually win one in my category was a real surprise.

‘It’s a great reward for the work I’ve done and I’d like to thank the training staff at the NCC for the help they have given me and the other apprentices.’

Andy Walder, NCC director, said he was ‘extremely proud’ of those who won awards at this year’s event.

He added: ‘The NCC Awards are a great way to celebrate the achievements of young apprentices in our industry. These awards have allowed the NCC to showcase the young talent it helps to deliver on a regular basis – bringing vital fresh blood to the construction industry.’