Bournemouth apprentice recognised in second award success

A Bournemouth-based apprentice carpenter has once again been recognised for his work in a national apprenticeship award.

Will Green from local housing association, Aster Group was ‘highly commended’ by the judges for the Apprentice of the Year category in the Direct Works awards, impressing the judges with his commitment, high standards, always going the extra mile and ensuring customer service satisfaction was achieved on every job. Earlier in the year he also won Exeter College’s Inspiring Journey Award.

Following the Direct Works award presentation evening, Will, said: “I was proud to be nominated for the Direct Works award, not only for my own personal recognition but for the recognition of Aster. It’s a direct reflection of the support and encouragement I’ve received from my colleagues throughout my journey.

“The ceremony was an enjoyable evening and great opportunity to share the achievement with my colleagues Jess Scull and Steve Carey, each of whom made my nomination possible. The experience has reinforced my new career choice, increasing my excitement for the future.”

Will has enjoyed an exciting career journey which saw him completely change direction in his early 30s. Switching from a career in finance, Will is now pursuing his dream of being a fully qualified carpenter in order to do what he loves full time.

Paul Longman, Direct Works steering group member, said: “Will always aims to deliver exceptional service and quality on every job he undertakes, he and the other finalists demonstrated they are the future of housing maintenance and Direct Works congratulates both Will and the Aster Group for their commitment and success in receiving the award.”

Working for the Response and Repairs team, Will’s leader, Steve Carey, said:

“COVID-19 has been especially hard for our apprentices but amongst this Will carried on, completing all of his college work remotely, putting himself in a great position ahead of returning to the work place after lockdown.

“I was very happy to find out Will had made it to the final to get some reward for all his efforts over the last two years, but for myself it was a great moment and privilege to actually be there to see him collect his award and share a little bit of that success.”

Direct Works is a 130-member organisation committed to reshaping the future of housing maintenance and hold an annual national award presentation evening that recognises both individuals and organisations’ achievements throughout the year. Direct Works’ member organisations jointly manage the repairs and improvement works on over two million properties.

For more information on apprentice opportunities at Aster please visit our careers page. 

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