Walters Trainees Dominate Awards Night

CECA Awards 2Congratulations go to Walters employees Owain Morgan and Sam Knowles who were nominated for awards from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Wales, designed to reward promising young entrant trainees to the construction industry.

Walters management had nominated Owain and Sam for two separate awards which aim to recognise significant potential and professional development and identify the most promising young trainees in Wales. The nominees were recognised for their skills at the CECA annual dinner held at Cardiff’s Marriott Hotel on the 4th April 2014.

As in previous years the judges sought evidence of the candidates’ development and potential, their capacity and their hunger, and the results were described as “extremely encouraging”.

Walters UK are proud to report that the winner of the CECA Wales Most Promising Trainee Engineer of the Year 2014 Award was Owain Morgan, Trainee Site Engineer.

Walters MD, Nick Richards said, “Owain is currently in his 4th year of a 5 year B Eng. degree at the University of South Wales having switched from a full time to a part time study mode in order to gain experience and improve his knowledge.

He quickly showed an excellent work ethic and commitment resulting in the senior site management expressing their utmost confidence in his ability and allowing him to play a significant role in controlling a major earthworks project.

He communicates well and adapts to various pressure situations and has the clear capacity to further his professional status within the industry in the future.”

Highly commended in the CECA Wales Most Promising Apprentice Award 2014 was Sam Knowles of Walters UK who is an apprentice quantity surveyor. Sam joined Walters in September 2012 through the Heads of the Valleys Apprenticeship scheme that was created to target young people living within the Valleys catchment areas.

His Line Manager, John Griffiths commented…. “Sam has quickly become a valued member of our business, never afraid to ask questions, he has an excellent work ethic and values the opportunity afforded to him through the scheme. Sam has an enormous desire to become a Chartered Surveyor and with the same commitment shown this far he will continue to be a great asset for Walters UK”.

The photographs show Owain and Sam being presented with their awards by CECA Wales Chairman, Phil Woodward.