Former student wins apprentice award

A former Pool Academy student has been handed an apprentice award after being praised for his ‘extraordinary’ work ethic.

Oliver Weeks was given the Construction Apprentice of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Corbey Construction, at the recent Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

Oliver, who works at RHR Construction, is described by people who know him as someone who has ‘an extraordinary work ethic’, ‘happiest when busy’ and ‘focused on the day’s tasks’.

He was nominated by his Truro & Penwith College tutor Tim Toomey.

Mr Toomey said: “Ollie has developed good problem solving skills. When something won’t quite work out he stops and considers before moving on.

“He is always quick to take College learning out into the workplace.”

Oliver started working with RHR Construction in the summer holidays and is now completing an apprenticeship in general building.

A spokesperson for RHR Construction said: "He is tireless and just gets on with the job, as soon as he finishes something he always comes up to me and says 'I've done that, what's next?”

Oliver’s father, Martin Weeks, said: “As a family we were absolutely delighted that he has won and Robbie Richards, RHR Construction’s Managing Director, is over the moon. We were all present at the dinner and it was great hearing and seeing Ollie receiving the award.”

Oliver used to be a member of Air house when he attended Pool Academy.

Claire Meakin, Pool Academy Principal, said: “It is great to see an ex-student move on to college and become a very successful apprentice. 

“We do hope Ollie comes back to Pool Academy to discuss his experiences with other students to inspire them to consider apprenticeships too."

 Thank you to Truro & Penwith College for this photograph of Oliver Weeks holding his certificate and award.

Thank you to Truro & Penwith College for this photograph of Oliver Weeks holding his certificate and award.