We’re absolutely delighted to announce that the winner of the Tracy Chattin Apprentice of the Year 2023 is Gas Engineer, Nathan Heron.
Nathan was nominated by his Line Manager who described him as “polite, kind and always willing to help. He is well organised, professional and has a work ethic which is second to none. His attributes collectively bring an ideal candidate who can progress within the business and achieve greater heights in the future. Nathan also continues to receive high accolades from his peers whilst working with them.”
Nathan, aged 19 was among four nominees throughout the business and was commended for his willingness to attend events, showing high standards and was described by his college lecturers as, “a dream student who takes everything in. His ability is one of the best I have seen in my years of lecturing.” Nathan demonstrated a strong range of skills and excellent feedback from everyone he works with.
Nathan was rewarded with a framed certificate and an Amazon voucher as well as a celebratory lunch. His name will be added to a plaque in the Unitas Reception.
2023 is the fifth year that we’ve run the Apprentice of the Year Competition for Unitas. We’re proud of our Apprenticeship programme and delighted to have welcomed twenty-eight Apprentices throughout our business. A brilliant element of the Apprentice of the Year programme is that we invite all of our current apprentices to the event. After the prize-giving, they were treated with Domino’s pizza, drinks and snacks.
We recently opened six positions for new Gas, Electric and Joinery Apprentices and the interest has been PHENOMENAL; showing the appetite for apprentice roles within the city.
The quality of nominations for this year was so high that additional prizes were handed out. Gas Engineer Kiah Russell was given the Chairs Community Champion Award, while runners’ up Nathan Williams (Apprentice Electrician) and Katie Ford (Apprentice SHE Advisor) were also given prizes.
The event was attended by Councillor Chris Robinson and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Finlay Gordon-McCusker, as well as all current Apprentices, Mentors and Operational Team Leaders.
Last word goes to our Director Stephen Garner said, “having an apprenticeship isn’t just about getting the necessary skills and great training; it can be a stepping stone to a fantastic career whilst providing an opportunity to realise your future aspirations. It’s fantastic to join an organisation such as Unitas that embraces apprenticeships and helps our home-grown talent to thrive and creates our next generation of Unitas employees. On a more personal note I’d like to say a massive ‘well done and congratulations’ to all our nominees and I wish you every success with your future careers at Unitas.”