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Aaron scoops regional apprenticeship prize

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

PRESENTATION: Apprentice Aaron Johnson getting his award from Robert Helmore, chair of the Lew Drake and Devon Training Group

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A YOUNG carpentry and joinery apprentice from Kingsteignton has won a prestigious award after growing up learning the trade from his father.

Aaron Johnson, 18, who works for his dad's company Martin Johnson General Builders in Kingsteignton, was awarded the Lew Drake MBE award trophy at the Devon Construction Training Group after being put forward for the award by Graham Wilkins, apprenticeship officer at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The award is given out by the CITB and the Devon Group every year.

Aaron has hit all the nails on the head when it comes to his college work and work related assessments, completing his apprenticeship six months ahead of schedule with an average of 90 per cent in his coursework, a sure testament to the family business he has grown up in.

Aaron's tutor at South Devon College, Richard Grops, said: "We're really proud of Aaron being recognised at these regional awards, it really pays tribute to his tenacity and dedication.

"He's always been a hard worker but when his grades started to come in we realised we were on to something special."

Bernadette Parkinson, area deliver manager at CITB, said: "We are delighted he was chosen as the winner, and when we asked what he was going to do with his £250 prize money he said he wanted to treat himself to some new carpentry tools.

"He is an inspiration to other young people looking to take up an apprenticeship."

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