A 20-YEAR-OLD trainee quantity surveyor from Durham has been named one of Bellway’s apprentices of the year.

Dan Ferguson, who works for the national housebuilder’s North-East division, based in Gateshead, was recognised for his hard work and commitment by the company.

He was one of four to be highly commended in Bellway’s annual Apprentice of the Year Awards.

Dan has been with Bellway since September 2019, and is working towards a Charted Surveyor qualification, for which he studies one day a week at Northumbria University.

For the remaining four days a week, he spends his time working in the office alongside his mentor Sarah Dixon, a senior quantity surveyor at Bellway.

Dan said: “I was shocked to receive a call from the Commercial Director congratulating me on the commendation.

“It has been a great confidence boost and it’s nice to know that you are appreciated within such a big company.

“I came into Bellway straight after finishing my A-Levels with very minimal work experience, so to get to this point feels incredibly rewarding.

“I have been enjoying every minute of my time working at Bellway; no two days are the same and I am getting a lot of valuable experience.

“There is a supportive community feel within the company; I get a lot of support when I need it and I genuinely feel like a valued part of the team.”

Managing director at Bellway North East, Tracey Brady, said: “Dan is a highly motivated and enthusiastic member of the team who has thoroughly immersed himself in learning about all aspects of the role of quantity surveyor. On behalf of all his colleagues, I would like to congratulate him.”