Apprentice recognised for her achievements

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AN apprentice has been honoured with her achievements at the Women in Construction Awards.

Katherine Colley, who works for Barrett Homes, was named the Best Apprentice under 25.

The prestigious awards that took place in Lancashire showcases the brightest and best female achievers in the housebuilding and wider construction industries.

Katherine, from Waterlooville, joined the housebuilding firm last year after dreaming of being a carpenter since she was the age of seven.

She said: ‘Women may still be in the minority in the construction industry but I was up against some tough competition so to win is just amazing,

‘I’ve have such great support from so many people already in my career from my woodworking teacher through to Barratt’s community liaison manager Anthony Dimmick who has mentored me every step of the way.’

In addition to her work on site Katherine contributes to the Aspire team which visits schools and colleges to inspire the next generation of construction staff.

In her talks she discusses her experience and the opportunities open to women in the construction industry.

Barratt’s community liaison manager Anthony Dimmick said: ‘We are delighted that Katherine’s determination and achievements have been recognised with this great award.’

Once Katherine has completed her carpentry apprenticeship she hopes to join the assistant manager scheme and become a site manager.

Suzie Flynn, future talent manager at Barratt Developments said: ‘I am so proud of Katherine, she’s worked incredibly hard.’