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Carlisle bricklayer is top apprentice in North West

Carlisle teenager Matthew Purvis is celebrating being named North West Apprentice of the Year by local housing developer and regeneration specialist Lovell.

Matthew Purvis who lives in Stanwix, joined Lovell just over a year ago as an apprentice bricklayer. Part of the company’s team building The Laureates, a major new housing development in Cockermouth, he is also a day-release student at Carlisle College where he is working towards an NVQ Level 2 qualification in bricklaying.

The Apprentice of the Year award recognises Matthew’s excellent all-round progress since joining Lovell, including his performance on site, college work and attitude. He was selected for the title from 20 apprentices who have worked on Lovell schemes in the region over the past year.

Lovell craft training supervisor Paul Woby (on left) and Carlisle College construction tutor Matthew McLeish (on right) congratulate Matthew on his award.

Matthew says: “Getting the award was unexpected but is brilliant. I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship and get a lot of time ‘on the trowel’ which has helped me improve and develop my practical skills. I’ve had great support from Lovell, particularly from Paul Woby, who oversees my training – he is always available if there’s anything I need. I want to keep learning and hope to move on to take my NVQ Level 3 bricklaying qualification once I’ve completed Level 2. What I like about the job is that you get to see a finished product; it’s being able to step back and see something you’ve created that is so rewarding.”

Lovell craft training supervisor Paul Woby says: “Matthew is an outstanding young bricklayer. He is interested in every aspect of the job and that’s evident in the enthusiasm and commitment he’s displayed since joining us. We’re really excited that he is building his career with Lovell and are thrilled that he has made such an impressive start to his apprenticeship.”

Matthew combines developing his technical skills on site at The Laureates – a development of 217 ‘for sale’ and affordable homes in Cockermouth – with attending Carlisle College one day a week. His college-based studies are funded by Lovell.

Carlisle College construction tutor Matthew McLeish says: “It is a real testament to Matthew’s hard work that he has been awarded the title of North West Apprentice of the Year. Matthew is a great role model for the boost an apprenticeship can provide to your career and the benefits that can be gained through combining study with employment with a leading firm such as Lovell.”