Site apprentice on ladder to success

Liam Harrison

Liam Harrison

First published in Training The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by

AM ambitious apprentice site manager has a promising career ahead of him after being shortlisted for the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Liam Harrison, from Durham, is through to the regional finals of the highly competitive awards.

The high flyer has been shortlisted in the Higher Apprentice of the Year category in honour of the hard work and dedication he brings to the role with Keepmoat Homes.

Based in the North East of England, Liam works on The Rise in the Scottswood area of Newcastle, a flagship development where Keepmoat is building 900 homes over the next 15 years.

His role involves managing the full build process, from ordering construction material to managing the sub-contractors working on site to making sure health and safety procedures are in place.

Leaving school feeling a little disillusioned, Liam joined Keepmoat as an apprentice joiner in 2008.

On completing his three year apprenticeship he realised he wanted to move up the career ladder into construction site management. He set his sights on studying for a Diploma in Advanced Construction and Site Supervision, which he finished in July.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be shortlisted in the awards for a job I really enjoy. I love everything about building new homes and am really passionate about what I do.

“In my time at Keepmoat I have shown just how far you can progress with an apprenticeship. My granddad was a joiner and he always encouraged me to get a trade. School was not a great experience for me, but being an apprentice has helped me find my career path. At just 22 years old I now have a huge amount of responsibility for ensuring the smooth running of a busy building site.”

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