Nicola said: “I was so surprised when I found out that I had been nominated for the award. I also felt extremely humbled as I love the work that I do, so I was delighted to find out that it has such a positive effect on those I work with.
“I’d like to give my thanks to Yvonne Carroll and Victoria Burston-Yates who are two of the Careers Wales Business Engagement Advisers that I work in partnership with to identify the relevant schools that are most likely to benefit from our collaboration in the Newport area.
“For such a long time, the construction industry has been perceived in schools as just a building site and of course this isn’t the case, so it is very important that we work with schools to highlight the amount of opportunities in the industry for young men and women from a variety of backgrounds and academic levels.”
Nikki Lawrence, Chief Executive at Careers Wales, said: “The Valued Partner Award scheme is instrumental to the work Careers Wales does and we greatly appreciate the support we receive from each and every one of our Valued Partners.
“Ultimately, we’d like employers to feed into the national curriculum to ensure the skills students are developing will be useful to the evolving workplace.
“Without our Valued Partners, we wouldn’t be able to reach as many students at such a granular level and for that we are very grateful.”
This year, 17 companies picked up Gold Awards, 24 companies won Silver Awards and 14 companies took home a Bronze Award.
The South Wales and South West region of Lovell is currently building in Cardiff, Newport, Merthyr Vale, Ebbw Vale, Haverfordwest and Weston-super-Mare.