Toni is the top apprentice

Toni Clough
Toni Clough

A carpenter from Boston has been named Lincolnshire and Rutland Skills Awards Apprentice of the Year 2013.

Toni Clough, aged 20, a second-year apprentice carpenter who works for Kier, picked up the award at the 2013 ceremony held by Lincolnshire and Rutland Employment and Skills Board.

Toni received a number of personal commendations as part of the award submission. She is often asked to speak about her experiences as an apprentice at the local college as well as in local schools and has even been asked to teach a class based on her NVQ evidence for fitting kitchens.

Her lecturer from Boston College has said Toni is a great ambassador not just for joinery but for construction in general, helping to positively shape perception of females in the industry.

Kier senior operations manager, Heidi Thompson, said: “I am extremely proud of Toni, she is an excellent apprentice who takes her work very seriously.

“We are constantly receiving positive feedback from customers, colleagues and her mentor. She is a valued and trusted member of our team with positive can-do approach setting the standards high for future apprentices.”

Following the completion of her A-levels, Toni chose an apprenticeship as an alternative to university so that she would have a career in a trade where she would always be able to get work.

She is currently completing her NVQ Level 2 Carpentry Apprenticeship with Kier in Boston, and studies at Boston College one day a week.

Commenting on her achievement, Toni said: “I really enjoy my job with Kier, working and learning at the same time gives me a great sense of satisfaction.

“This apprenticeship is just the start of my career and winning this award proves I am capable of achieving my goals.”