Apprentice lays career foundations

A Lancashire construction apprentice is building on his career with a scholarship awarded because of his academic ability and potential to excel.

James Martin, 21, is studying for a diploma in construction and the built environment and an NVQ in built environmental design at Bolton College and has been awarded the scholarship by the North West Institution of Civil Engineers.

James, who also works for Lancashire County Council as a technician in the highways department, said: “I am over the moon to receive the scholarship. It came as a total surprise for me, as competition was tough. Receiving the award has boosted my confidence in the workplace and will only serve my future career prospects.”

The QUEST (Queen’s Jubilee Scholarship Trust) technician scholarship gives financial assistance to students getting hands-on experience while studying towards a professional engineering qualification.

Roger Kendall, professional building lecturer at Bolton College, said: “James is very deserving of the scholarship and I’m thrilled his hard work and dedication to the industry has been recognised. He is an outstanding student, who will be an asset to any project he works on.”