We’re delighted that Pruce Newman have recently been announced as Finalists in two prestigious industry awards, as recognition of our high levels of commitment to training and development throughout all levels of our workforce.

The East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) will hold its annual Awards Gala on Thursday 14th September at Dunston Hall near Norwich, and our Daniel Lark is nominated as Trade Apprentice of the Year. Daniel’s recent completion of a Project Control Apprenticeship with East Coast (formerly Lowestoft) College has helped him add considerable value to the business in a number of areas, which Daniel and MD Graham Newman will be presenting in detail to the judging panel next week.

One of the key aspects of the Apprenticeship which appealed to Daniel was the variety of work that he carries out for the company, and the exposure to all elements of the business. As Daniel puts it:

“I like working for Pruce Newman because everyone has made me feel welcome and helped me settle into my role. I like how I have seen different aspects of how the company operates in the period of time I have been employed with Pruce Newman, and I look forward to learning more aspects of the business.”

Pruce Newman has a long and successful history of employing and developing Apprentices within the business, and our continual focus on improving Skills and Training is one of the things that has led to us reaching the Finals of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) Awards this year. We’re one of three finalists in the hotly-contested SME of the Year category. The winner will be announced on the 26th October at the The Institution of Engineering and Technology in London.

As one of the first signatories to the ECITB Skills Charter, we’re vocal about the benefits that a well-trained workforce can bring to a business and its customers, and have long been a key member of the ECITB’s Regional Forum, championing the perspective of small and medium sized businesses to enable the ECITB to recognise and represent our needs. One element of our nomination which impressed the judges was our collaborative and proactive approach to enabling the delivery of training provision across the region – not just for our own workforce, but for other companies as well. Infrastructure Manager Dave Todd, who is responsible for training and development within Pruce Newman, commented:

“Being nominated as SME of the Year is a fantastic acheivement, which is recognition of the commitment of everyone in Pruce Newman to their training and development. Developing and delivering training programmes is one thing, but it’s the engagement of our workforce, and their willingness to learn new skills and apply them which really makes the difference.”

We’re proud of everyone in our business who has enabled us to reach the finals of these two awards, and wish our representatives the best of luck – Daniel Lark at the EEEGR Awards on the 14th September, and Dave Todd at the ECITB Awards on the 26th October. Watch this space for the results!