Female joinery apprentice in East Riding of Yorkshire wins two awards

An apprentice at Barratt Developments Yorkshire East division has won not one, but two awards at the annual York College REACH Awards 2022 for her achievements during her joinery apprenticeship.

The REACH awards celebrate the success and hard work of the students and follow the college’s core values; ambition, care, respect and success, and stands for rewarding excellence and celebrating hard work.

Abigail Stevens firstly won the Apprenticeship Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognises her determination to succeed, her level of effort and her fast pace of learning, before she then went on to be singled out from the rest of the evening’s winners to receive the York College Governors’ Award.

Throughout her apprenticeship, Abigail has been highly praised by Barratt Developments team members, particularly for broadening and strengthening her leadership skills on the Leadership Challenge Course with the Tall Ships Youth Trust, a charity Barratt Developments work closely with. The charity, which helps young people aged 12-25 to redefine their horizons through transformational adventures at sea, is the UK’s oldest and largest youth development sail training charity. The Leadership Challenge Course is designed to strengthen team building and working with others by being in a hectic, heightened environment that requires multitasking and team participation.

Abigail Stevens, award-winning apprentice at Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, commented: “I’m over the moon with the results of the York College REACH Awards, and really flattered that my work has been recognised by York College. I’ve learnt so much from Barratt Developments’ joinery apprenticeship programme and I’m looking forward to putting those skills into action as I take the next step in my career.”

Pam Stewart, Future Talent Coordinator for the Barratt Developments Apprenticeship programme, added: “It is truly fantastic news that Abigail has been recognised for her hard work and success throughout her joinery apprenticeship with us. The awards that she has achieved are very well deserved; Abigail is a pleasure to have on the programme and is a credit to the Yorkshire East division. We look forward to seeing her continue to progress within the industry.”

For more information on Barratt Developments apprenticeships programmes, please visit www.barrattcareers.co.uk/early-careers