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Mears Rotherham apprentice wins city award

Mears Apprentice Antony Shaw has been named Rotherham Apprentice of the Year.
Mears Apprentice Antony Shaw has been named Rotherham Apprentice of the Year.

Caretaking apprentice Antony was nominated for the annual Rotherham Advertiser Apprentice of the Year awards, with the ceremony taking place at the city's town's New York Stadium last week. The competition is organised in partnership with the Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RIDO) and the Business Growth Board and is backed by Mears, alongside Aesseal, RDASH, Equans, GXO, Liberty and MTL.

Antony joined the caretaking team in September 2022 and has got involved in a range of bespoke work from fly tipping removal, and weed spraying, to clearing bin stores and hedge and tree maintenance, all year round and in all weathers.  Antony's nomination described him as 'the perfect fit' and 'his commitment to the role is second to none', noting his strong work ethic and strong willingness to learn and increase his skills and knowledge.

Antony's nomination continued:

Antony is an excellent example of how great apprentice opportunities are in gaining employment and learning the skills and knowledge required of your chosen career pathway. Antony shows dedication to his role and continues to ask questions when working alongside mentors in order to gain an in-depth knowledge of the role. It is a pleasure having Antony work as part of the team here in Rotherham and we are lucky to have him as a future ambassador for apprentices.

Antony was at the ceremony alongside multi-trades apprentice Joshua Jackson who was nominated for the second year running and made it once again to the final. They were joined by mentor Martyn Jarvis; Mears General Manager, Andrew Chambers; Diane Keay, Customer Success Manager, who also took part in the judging for other categories, and RMBC Partnership Manager, Andy Lumb.

Diane said:

I am so proud of Antony and Josh for their achievements at the awards and for their commitment to the apprenticeship programme.  I would also like to congratulate Lucas Clarke, multi-trade apprentice who has also excelled in his time with us and was our third nominee for the awards.  As a judge for the higher/degree category, I see first-hand the high calibre of nominations and all of our nominees should be very proud of themselves, we are.

Andrew Chambers , General Manager, Rotherham, added;

We have supported the awards for some years now and it's always a pleasure to attend the event and listen to the great stories of a diverse group of people succeeding and achieving their goals in many different ways through apprenticeships. It was fantastic to sit with our finalists at the awards event, Josh and Anthony, two remarkable young men, who have worked so hard in their apprenticeships and are a credit to Mears and to their Mentors.  I felt very proud and could see how proud Anthony and his Mentor, Martyn Jarvis were of this great achievement.

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