Construction industry celebrates

KIER Group has won the Construction Employer of the Year title at the East of England Construction Training Awards. The company, which was alsol highly-commended in the Apprentice and Adult Learner categories, beat off the challenge of Morgan Ashurst, which was highly-commended, and Jackson Civil Engineering for the employer title.

KIER Group has won the Construction Employer of the Year title at the East of England Construction Training Awards.

The company, which was alsol highly-commended in the Apprentice and Adult Learner categories, beat off the challenge of Morgan Ashurst, which was highly-commended, and Jackson Civil Engineering for the employer title.

West Suffolk College won in the Colin Harvey Award for Outstanding Training Provider category for the second year running, with Colchester Institute highly commended.

Build Norfolk/Build the East made it a hat-trick as it again won the Construction Client of the Year Award for the third year in succession.

Mount Anvil won Construction Health & Safety Best Practice Award, ahead of Morgan Ashurst, which was highly commended, and Kier Group.

The Business Development Award went to Discovery Drilling with Lovell Partnerships, joint winner of the Employer of the Year title in 2007, walking off with the Business Education Link in Construction award.

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Individual success went to Weston Charlesworth (Apprentice), of Fairhaven & Woods, Mark Duffield (Adult Learner), of RBD Builders. Gavin Napper won the Construction High Flyer Award.

Coulson Building Group's Glenda Matthews, winner of the Construction Graduate of the Year award, also received a prize of a place on a professional development programme, courtesy of the Construction Industry Council.

The presentations were made by representatives of stakeholder organisations from throughout the region at a black-tie dinner at the SAS Radisson hotel, Stansted.

Awards chairman Martyn Price said: “I am pleased that this year has again seen a record number of entries. Amongst them have been some truly exceptional submissions. To those that made the final three in each category, I extend my warmest congratulations.”