Shortlist announced for new CIHT National Apprentice of the Year Award 2018

23rd Oct 2018

Today (Tuesday 23 October) CIHT has announced the names of the six shortlisted candidates for the inaugural CIHT National Apprentice of the Year Award 2018.


Sue Percy, Chief Executive, CIHT said:

“Our new National Apprentice of the Year Award recognises the talent and value that apprentices bring to the transportation sector and highlights their importance in our industry. The award reflects the commitment of industry leaders who are putting apprenticeship training and skills at the heart of their businesses to create a pipeline of sector professionals.”

”In launching the CIHT National Apprentice Award 2018 we have attracted inspiring submissions from around the country. The apprentices on our shortlist represent a cross range of professional disciplines. All are ambitious and energetic in wanting to make a difference in their chosen sector. It is heartening to see such a strong response from the apprentices themselves and from employers demonstrating their commitment to growing expertise and inclusivity from the ground up.”

The six shortlisted apprentices are:

  • Connor Coupland, Asset Development Apprentice, A-one+ Integrated Highway Services since September 2017 based in Normanton, West Yorkshire.
  • Oscar Davies, Apprentice Quantity Surveyor, Kier Highways since September 2017 based in Hampshire.
  • Jemma Gillman, Transport Planning Apprentice, HS2 Ltd since September 2017 based in Birmingham.
  • Erin Ruddy, Transport Planning Apprentice, CAPITA since September 2017 based in North Tyneside.
  • Joel Shevlin, Apprentice Transport Planner, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group since September 2016 based in Manchester.
  • Georgia Woloszczak, Apprentice Transport Planner, WSP since September 2016 based in Leeds.

The judging panel of Martin Tugwell, Vice President, CIHT and Programme Director, England’s Economic Heartland, Ed Downer, Chair, Young Professionals Committee, CIHT and Principal Transport Planner, Mott Macdonald and Andrew Hugill, Director of Policy & Technical Affairs, CIHT will invite the candidates to show how they have made a positive impact in highways and transportation through meeting the following criteria:

  • Commitment - Embracing the challenge of a demanding work placement and study programme in the changing landscape of highways and transportation applying their skills.
  • Contribution - Going above and beyond the expectation of their roles on one or more projects or initiatives.
  • Future - Identifying the attributes that will enable their future success in the industry and inspire others to follow a similar route.

Notes to Editors

CIHT National Apprentice of the Year Award

The overall winner who best demonstrates a positive impact in highways and transportation, and who is making an exceptional contribution to their workplace in terms of commitment and contribution will be announced on Thursday 15 November at the inaugural CIHT Young Professionals Conference 2018 in Leeds.

The CIHT National Apprentice of the Year Award opened for entries in July 2018. Candidates were required to provide a 750 - 1,000 word statement on their role and contribution supported by their employers and or training providers. To be eligible to enter the Award, apprentices were required to be an apprentice member of CIHT. Apprentices must be working with their employer and enrolled on an apprenticeship scheme in a highways and transportation related occupation.

Apprentices in the highways and transportation industry can join CIHT for FREE by completing the short online form HERE.

Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation

CIHT is a membership organisation representing over 14,000 people who work in the highways and transportation sector.

CIHT members plan, design, build, operate and maintain best-in-class transport systems and infrastructure, whilst respecting the imperatives of improving safety, ensuring economic competitiveness and minimising environmental impact.

CIHT supports its member's professional endeavours by:
• offering training, information, professional development and support
• promoting the value added to society by the profession
• being the focused voice to Governments and other decision makers on transportation expertise and knowledge.

For more information please contact:

Daniel Isichei, Director of Communications, t: +44(0)20 7336 1567 m: 07912 122573



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