Winning Construction Plant Apprentice at Ridgway 2020

Winning Construction Plant Apprentice at Ridgway

We are pleased to announce our construction plant apprentice, Sam Jones, was awarded regional Plant Technician of the Year (Level 3) this year!

Sam began as an apprentice at Ridgway back in September 2019 beginning with the Level 2 Diploma in Construction Plant Machinery Maintenance at Reaseheath College. After successfully completing this, he went on to study at level 3 and has now successfully completed that too.

Pictured: Ridgway’s Workshop Manager, Dave Jenkins with winning apprentice, Sam Jones, certificates and toolbox prize.

Workshop Manager, Dave Jenkins recalls “Sam showed great promise from the very start here at Ridgway and has made huge improvements in both his practical and theory skills whilst completing his level 2 & 3 Diplomas at Reaseheath College. Winning this award is a testament to the dedication & hard work that Sam has put in both at College and here at Ridgway and we are very proud of him.”

Sam now contributes daily to the efficiency of the department and is considered an integral member of our service team

Sam’s interest in machinery started from a very early age and he now enjoys renovating vintage farm and construction plant machinery in his spare time. Sam is rightly proud of his achievement and has set the bar high for our future apprentices to follow!

Pictured: Sam with one of our brand new JCB JS131XLC Excavators from Gunn JCB

Construction Plant Association’s Stars of the Future Awards

The CPA’s Stars of the Future awards scheme is open to apprentices and trainees in the construction equipment sector across the UK and identifies some of the industry’s brightest up-and-coming talent. Apprentices are assessed throughout the year on both their work in college and work environment.

Kevin Minton, CPA Chief Executive says: “Stars of the Future recognises the UK’s most promising apprentices and trainees in the construction plant sector”.

Well done to all who won awards – SEE FULL LIST HERE

Sam is Winning Construction Plant Apprentice at Ridgway

Construction Plant Association’s Awards Ceremony Held Online

Plans for the awards ceremony to be held in Warwickshire earlier this year were sadly cancelled due to current restrictions. However, the CPA felt it was important to continue with the awards programme to recognise and reward the talents and achievements of apprentices and trainees in the plant sector, especially in these challenging times so hosted the event online. (see video)

The Judging Panel

The external judging panel included Siôn Morgan Jones of ACOP Group, Kirsty Archbold-Laming of Southern Hoist Services, Arran Willis of Liebherr (GB) Ltd, Paul Whitehead of Highways England, Tim Brownbridge of BAM Nuttall and Ed Hudson who has recently retired but continues to act as Co-Chair for the construction equipment maintenance apprenticeship working group.

Are you interested in a career within construction plant?

We are constantly on the lookout for talented and hardworking individuals willing to learn. The apprenticeship scheme we offer combines education, training & work experience. Get in touch to find out more

We currently have several vacancies at Ridgway, in the office, workshop and yard.

All permanent, full-time positions based at our head office in St. Martins. Follow the link below to find out more:


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