A former self-employed labourer who was struggling to find work during the difficult economic times has been named Apprentice of the Year after scooping the prestigious Crossrail award today (3 March) at the Houses of Parliament.
Rudy Nieddu, 28, from Forest Hill works at Crossrail’s Whitechapel site as an apprentice civil engineering technician with Balfour Beatty and fought off competition from two other award winners.
He was presented with his award by Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan in front of more than 100 guests. The ceremony was opened by Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to HM Treasury.
The award winners across the different categories were:
- Overall Crossrail Apprentice of the Year: Rudy Nieddu, Whitechapel and Liverpool Street Station Tunnels
- Construction Apprentice of the Year (General): Chloe Etheridge, Farringdon station
- Construction Apprentice of the Year (Tunnelling): Rudy Nieddu, Whitechapel and Liverpool Street Station Tunnels
- Corporate / Business Services Apprentice of the Year: Ben Khan, Whitechapel and Liverpool Street Station Tunnels
- Apprenticeship Champion of the Year: Elaine Alderton, Farringdon station
- Apprenticeship Employer of the Year: Laing O’Rourke, Liverpool Street Station, Tottenham Court Road and Custom House sites.
After receiving his award Rudy Nieddu said: “I’m stunned. It was one thing just to be nominated but to go on and win is rather special. I’d been self-employed as an electrical labourer before and there were times when the work just wasn’t there so you don’t get paid. This role has given me stability and allows me to start planning ahead.”
Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan CBE said: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Rudy and all of our nominated apprentices.
“Crossrail has achieved significant success in providing opportunities for young people and we want to set an example for the sector to follow. Many of Crossrail’s apprentices have experienced unemployment, but now are gaining skills that can set them up for life. I started my career as an apprentice, I wasn’t particularly studious at school and now several decades later, it is a pleasure to be recognising the efforts of the new generation of apprentices.”
More than 280 apprentices are working on Crossrail and the project is on track to deliver its target of at least 400 apprenticeships during the construction of the new railway.
Many of Crossrail’s apprentices have trained at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy at Ilford which opened in 2011 and is the only training academy of its type in Europe.
Gallery - Crossrail Apprentice Awards 2014
When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.
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The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.
The Crossrail route will pass through 38 stations and run more than 100 km (62 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.