Apprentice of the Year - Finalists all now in Managerial and Supervisory roles


Mike Crowder, Group Managing Director, reports on how the career paths of the finalists from the last five years has progressed.

It is with pride that I report on the careers of our past TClarke Apprentice of the Year finalists and tell you that they are all now in managerial and supervisory roles.  Over the last five years every one of our finalists have gone on to carve career paths.  That is a very strong statement to be able to make.

Our finalists have proven themselves to be high achievers in all aspects of responsibility and leadership. 

Here follows a brief update on some of our past finalists:

Josh Bath - Site Supervisor, Derriford Research Facility, Plymouth - Finalist 2016

I am currently working as a site supervisor at Derriford Research Facility in Plymouth. The job is very interesting and proposes many different engineering challenges that I relish. Derriford Research Facility has had several different and specialist installations that I have had to manage and monitor to maintain that the in-depth client specification is adhered to, also making sure that TClarke's industry leading health and safety policies are maintained.

I have also recently completed an HPD in Building Services Engineering and I am looking to the future to further both my knowledge and my career. I feel that whilst working for TClarke they can offer me the resources and support that I need in a structured environment to both advance myself and the business forward.

Elyse McBride - Trainee Quantity Surveyor, TClarke Scotland - Finalist 2016

After being nominated as an entrant and achieving a top position for Apprentice of the Year I have pushed myself to become an integral part of the business and learn all I can in the many departments that Scotland currently has, while gaining knowledge of the Group services.

I recently started to further my career by taking on the role of a Trainee Quantity Surveyor. I am currently studying at Fife College alongside working in the office and I am thoroughly enjoying the change of direction in my career and aspire to reach my achievement of becoming a fully qualified surveyor.

Andrew Stephenson - Lead Estimator, TClarke North - Finalist 2014

I completed my site supervisor training and assisted in running the Sunderland Hospital job onsite. After managing a small project, I moved to my first large project on an office block in Berwick.  During that time, the opportunity to become a junior estimator arose which I decided to take up.

Jim Stewart had this to say about Andrew:

Since Andrew successfully achieved the AOTY award, he has progressed through the business, quickly achieving the status of Electrician and subsequently Site Supervisor heading installation teams. The positive transition to our Newcastle office as Estimator has been a testament to his ability to adapt and understand the requirements of the business, he has shone by example throughout this time.

Andrew is now our Lead Estimator, and has transformed elements of the Estimating Department, a true credit to himself and proof that of the training system provided by T Clarke. A dedicated individual with ambition and drive, at a relatively young age to be in the position he is, Andrew has shown that the correct work ethic and understanding of the TClarke business has allowed him to progress to the position and has become a key member of the Newcastle team.

George Antino - Project Manager, Bank Station Capacity Upgrade - Finalist 2013

I’ve had the opportunity to lead the TClarke team at the £700 million, Victoria Station Upgrade and following our successful delivery of that project, I have been given the chance to move on to another huge challenge here at Bank Station. TClarke gave a group of young engineers the chance to lead and to prove themselves at Victoria and you can see that it is in our culture to give motivated young people this kind of opportunity and to support them fully. I think that’s one of the things that makes TClarke different as a business.