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Photo L-R: David Thomas, Group Chief Executive; Peter Wilson, Apprentice of the Year and John Allan, Chairman

A hardworking apprentice from the Isle of Wight has received national recognition, having been named Barratt Homes’ apprentice of the year.

Pete Wilson, 25, has been crowned the company’s top apprentice in the UK.

The apprentice site manager works on Barratt developments in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight with recent projects including overseeing construction of a brand new community centre in Havant. The project was built entirely by apprentices – a UK first for the 5 star housebuilder.

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Pete said:

“Winning this award has been amazing and with some many apprentices working for the company throughout the UK I’m thrilled to have been chosen.

“I’ve got so much out of my apprenticeship that I’m keen to inspire other young people to consider it as a way into a great career, whatever industry they’re interested in.

“As well as mentoring younger apprentices with Barratt Developments I’ve been to various career fayres, where I share my experiences and offer advice to young people in what they can do once they leave school”.

Pete’s role covers everything from health and safety on site through to programming works and ensuring the build is on target and up to the required standards.

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David Thomas, group chief executive of Barratt Developments presented Pete with his award. He said:

“Apprentices are the lifeblood of our company and I’m delighted to report that those in the south are among the best I’ve encountered”.

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