At the 2017 Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship awards, Kai Douglas, a John Perkins Carpentry Apprentice, was named Outstanding Apprentice of the Year in the Construction category.
"When my name was announced on the night, I was shocked but really happy," comments Kai. "Winning the award has been absolutely amazing. Since then, I've been overwhelmed by all the congratulations and kind comments - there's even a big banner up at my college congratulating me! I'm really grateful for all the support I've received from John Perkins and pleased to have achieved so much at the company in such a short space of time."
Kai joined John Perkins Construction in September 2016 as part of a Level 2 Carpentry Apprenticeship. Previously, he had only completed basic, DIY carpentry skills at home, and he had been out of formal education for 12 years. However, he has quickly found his footing as a Carpenter, achieving three distinctions in his practical exams and establishing himself as a confident and helpful member of the team.
"As a company, we really believe in apprenticeships and on-the-job training, in order to help every member of the team reach their potential," comments Robert Yeandle, Managing Director of John Perkins Construction. "Naturally, I'm pleased for what this award win says about John Perkins Construction, but I'm even more proud for Kai."
He adds: "Kai didn't have an easy time of it in secondary school and he came into the industry relatively late, but his award win is a testament to what you can achieve with a positive attitude and by taking pride in what you do."
“Kai's award win is a testament to what you can achieve with a positive attitude and by taking pride in what you do.”