Jordan builds for future with top apprentice prize

Jardan Dean with mentor Craig Ashforth
Jardan Dean with mentor Craig Ashforth

Kier Sheffield apprentice, Jordan Dean, is celebrating after receiving an Achievement in the Face of Adversity Award at the South Yorkshire Construction Training Group’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations.

The awards aim to give recognition and reward to local people who have made significant achievements in their development at work while under difficult personal circumstances.

Jordan, who suffers from cerebral palsy and dyspraxia, was crowned overall winner, taking home a trophy and a cheque for £500.

Having previously studied at the Construction Design Centre, which has close links with Kier and is located on site at its Sheffield depot, Jordan carried out several weeks of work experience on joinery projects.

He was then successful in gaining an apprenticeship with Kier Sheffield and began working as an apprentice joiner in August last year.In January 2011 Jordan was named Young Builder of the Year in the 14 to 16-year-old category at the national Youthbuild UK Awards.

Jordan, 18, said: “My apprenticeship has taught me so much about the world of work and construction as a career.

“My mentors at Kier have done everything possible to support me and I have been successful in achieving a great deal. I have now completed the first year of my apprenticeship and am looking forward to what I can achieve in my second.

“To receive this recognition on behalf of a company which has done so much to help me into my chosen career is a great honour of which I am extremely proud.”

Kier regional director for maintenance Simon Bullen said: “Apprentices provide us with invaluable fresh talent which drives our business forward into the future and we are always looking for enthusiastic youngsters with a passion for the industry.

“Jordan is a first-class joinery apprentice with 100 per cent attendance at work and college, as well as being top of his class. He is an excellent ambassador for Kier and a fantastic role model for other apprentices.

“We are extremely proud of Jordan, as we are of all our apprentices who work hard to make a positive start to their careers. At Kier, we strive to offer excellent training opportunities to new recruits from all backgrounds who can learn valuable lifelong trades with us.”

Kier Sheffield recently recruited 17 new apprentices, all of whom are from the local area, to complete training across a number of disciplines.

At the event Kier was also recognised as one of the founder members of the South Yorkshire Construction Training Group, which is celebrating a decade of promoting training excellence within the construction sector in South Yorkshire. Kier’s training and development activities with apprentices, work experience placements and employee training days have proven instrumental in helping the Group achieve funding for various free training programmes and also to become one of the most successful training groups in the country.