24 May 2019
London – Matthew Chandler, an apprentice engineer with PBA, now part of Stantec, has been named Apprentice of the Year at the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards.
Hosted by physicist Helen Czerski at One Great George Street on Thursday 16 May, the ICE London Awards celebrated the innovative, sustainable and creative contributions to the city and ICE members who have gone above and beyond to promote civil engineering.
Matthew was among several ICE members who were recognised for their professionalism and for being ambassadors for the industry.
Matthew was presented with his award by HS2 CEO Mark Thurston, who himself was an apprentice. On receiving the award, Matthew commented:
“I am delighted to be the winner of the ICE’s Apprentice of the Year award. This is a career highlight and I look forward to continuing my professional development through the ICE. I would like to thank my employer, PBA, now part of Stantec, for their continued support and for the opportunities they have presented to me. The status of apprenticeships has significantly improved in recent years and I am proud to be a part of it.”
Matthew joined PBA after leaving school in 2013 and during his time with PBA, Matthew has worked on several high-profile projects including Bucklers Park, a development of 1000 homes in Crowthorne, and the Hunts Grove development in Gloucester.
Matthew is a great advocate of the apprenticeship programme. In recognition of his efforts, he was awarded the ICE QUEST Technician Plus Scholarship, which led to him being elected as the ICE’s Technician representative for South-East England on the Regional Committee. Matthew is also a STEM Ambassador and has helped run several events, including designing his own infrastructure planning workshop which has been delivered to over 200 students. Matthew has also helped set up the ‘Apprentice Forum’ at PBA and worked alongside Scott Nicholson to ensure the Apprentices had the support they required.
Matthew’s manager, Paul Knight, Director of Civil Engineering, said:
‘Matthew is a hard-working apprentice who employs a high level of care and diligence in his work for PBA and at college. This award recognises that hard work and he thoroughly deserves it. He sets the standard that other apprentices should aspire to’.