Celebrating PBA apprentices


Celebrating PBA apprentices

15 May 2019

UK – PBA, now part of Stantec, is proud to announce that five of its apprentices have been shortlisted in regional awards that recognise the achievements of apprentices in the engineering industry.

• Caitlin Sutherland is shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year in the ACE Awards.

• Shannan Kennedy is shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year in the BristolLive & BathLive Apprenticeship Awards.

• Elizabeth Tripptree is shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year in the ICE South West Awards.

• Matthew Chandler is shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year in the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards.

• Olivia Thomas has been named Apprentice of the Year in the Building Industry Greats Awards hosted by Leeds College of Building.

Commenting on the announcements Sarah Cook, Director of People, said:

“We’re very proud of all our apprentices and the promise they represent for the future of our industry. They are all focused, hardworking and their dedication is inspiring for the teams they are part of. Our commitment to creating the best apprenticeship programme is unwavering; we constantly work to create the right path for our apprentices to realise their career ambitions and nurture the next generation of engineers.”

The importance of apprenticeships is being increasingly recognised and, in 2018, the government relaunched the whole programme, placing emphasis on employers to lead the development of a world class programme. PBA has had a long history of involvement in the development of apprenticeships, and has played a significant role in establishing standards, course content and delivery, across transport planning, civil engineering and environmental planning. In response to the government agenda, PBA has redoubled its efforts to work with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA), the Technical Apprenticeship Consortium (TAC) and other employer groups to create apprenticeships that are the best of the best.

This work has seen PBA play an integral role in the Transport Planner Employer Trailblazer Group, designing the first ever degree apprenticeship to train Transport Planners in England. The apprenticeship is now in the final stages of approval by the Government, with employers in England able to recruit candidates immediately to start the programme this Autumn. PBA’s work in this area is being increasingly recognised.

In November 2018, PBA was named Best Apprentice Employer at the Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards and, earlier this year, we were named as a finalist in the Apprenticeship Initiative of the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2019.