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Apprentices celebrated at Crossrail’s annual awards

By Andrew Dempsey

Apprentices celebrated at Crossrail’s annual awards
  • Ben Cox from Kent named Crossrail’s Apprentice of the Year as contribution of engineering and business apprentices celebrated at annual awards
  • Over 657 apprenticeships now created on the Crossrail project, surpassing the original target of 400

Ben Cox, a 22 year-old civil engineering apprentice from Medway in Kent has been named Crossrail Apprentice of the Year.

Ben received the top award for his unwavering enthusiasm and total commitment to quality assurance and safety. Ben is undertaking a Level 3 Infrastructure and Civil Engineering apprenticeship at Crossrail’s Stepney Green site with contractor Costain Skanska Joint Venture and has been hailed as an ‘inspiration to the whole team’.

Ben Cox said: “I’m surprised and very grateful to have been given this award – there are a huge number of people I work with every day who all deserve to be recognised for their passion and hard work. I applied for an apprenticeship on the project thanks to advice from my brother and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’m just starting out on my career, but already enjoying learning new skills and building my experience. I’d encourage anyone thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it.”

Sir Terry Morgan, Crossrail Chairman, said: “Apprenticeships and investment in skills and training are essential, not just to the delivery of Crossrail but also the next generation of UK infrastructure projects. We have now created over 650 apprenticeships on Crossrail, surpassing our original target of 400. I am continually impressed by the drive and commitment of our apprentices and I would like to congratulate each of them on their fantastic achievements.”

The outstanding apprentices recognised at Crossrail’s fifth annual Apprentice awards were:

Integrity award: Alicia Harfield, Infrastructure apprentice, Whitechapel station: With a real understanding of quality assurance, Alicia has been recognised by clients and co-workers as a role model, resolving any situation that comes her way with confidence and ease.

Respect award: Daisy Hudson, Business Apprentice Level 3, Systemwide: Despite not having previous experience, Daisy has embraced her role with enthusiasm and dedication, and consistently demonstrates a respectful attitude and a dedication to customer service.

Inspiration award: Jamie Ashman, Infrastructure Apprentice Level 3, Liverpool Street station: A diligent young engineer who delivers complex tasks with enthusiasm and integrity, Jamie has grown into a consummate professional who is always keen to learn and offer assistance to others.

Collaboration award: Jessica Kirby, Business Apprentice, Systemwide: A young apprentice who has grown in her role to successfully manage multi-million pound projects with professionalism, openness and engagement with others.

Crossrail has surpassed its target of creating 400 apprenticeships during the lifetime of the project, with over 657 recruited so far. The apprentices have been trained in a range of professions from civil engineering and construction to accountancy, quantity surveying and business administration.

Since April 2009, Crossrail, Transport for London, London Transport Museum and their supply chains have created over 7,600 apprenticeships. The roles have enabled people to gain recognised qualifications, essential skills and valuable experience working on vital infrastructure projects across the Capital.


For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

About Crossrail

The route will pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.