SOLIHULL-BASED apprentice Ian Smart has been named best building apprentice in the Midland region in the Federation of Master Builder’s (FMB) Master Builder and Apprentice of the Year Awards.
Organised by the FMB, the Apprentice of the Year Award is a nationwide search for the cream of the construction industry’s future talent, with a £1,000 top prize.
Competition was fierce, but Ian Smart, an apprentice who works for Graline Construction Ltd in Wythall, Birmingham, was chosen for his high standard of workmanship, professional attitude and dedication to his work.
Ian will now go up against other apprentices from around the UK with a chance to win the coveted title “Apprentice of the Year”, as well as a cash prize of £1,000 from the FMB.
The national winner will be announced by architect and TV presenter George Clarke.
He will also present the coveted accolade at a ceremony in London in March.
John Watson, FMB Services Director for the Midland region said: “The FMB’s Apprentice of the Year Award celebrates talented apprentices who have worked hard to achieve high standards of skill and craftsmanship in their chosen trade.
“Ian is an outstanding example of an apprentice showing commitment, dedication and determination to carve a career in this important industry, and we wish him the best of luck in the national final.”