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Crossrail unveils Apprentices of the Year

By Stuart Buss

Crossrail unveils Apprentices of the Year
  • Apprentices from Crossrail’s Whitechapel, Pudding Mill Lane and Eastern Tunnelling sites win top awards at event in Houses of Parliament
  • BBMV Joint Venture and T.G Tunnelling Ltd win contractor awards for supporting apprenticeship activity
  • More than 150 apprentices now working on Crossrail as project remains on track for 400 apprenticeship target

The outstanding apprentices and contractors on Europe’s biggest construction project were recognised today at the inaugural Crossrail Apprentice Awards held at the Houses of Parliament.

More than 130 nominations for apprentices, individuals and companies working on the project were received for the Crossrail Apprentice Awards. The nominations were assessed by a panel of judges including Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan, Director of Talent & Resources Valerie Todd and Peter Davies from the National Apprenticeship Service. The award winners were:

  • Apprentice of the Year, Regina Tumblepot. Regina, 26, from Folkestone in Kent was crowned overall Apprentice of the Year having earlier picked up the Trade Apprentice award. Regina is an Apprentice Engineer working on the construction of platform tunnels at the new Whitechapel Crossrail station with contractor BBMV (a joint venture of Balfour Beatty, ALPINE BeMo Tunnelling, Morgan Sindall and VINCI Construction). Regina was praised by her co-workers as “a phenomenal find”, “a stand-out individual” and “an inspiration to all the apprentices”.
  • Specialist Apprentice of the Year, Ana Costa. Ana, 31, from Newham in east London was awarded for her work as an Apprentice Accountant with contractor DSJV at Crossrail’s eastern tunnelling site in Limmo, near Canning Town. The nominations for Ana praised her “exemplary work ethic”, “outstanding performance”, and “diligent and committed work ethic”.
  • Chairman’s Special Prize for Achievement, Ray Stephenson. Construction Apprentice Ray Stephenson, 18, from southeast London was praised for the “exemplary attitude”, “tremendous journey” and “promising future” he has shown since starting his apprenticeship with contractor MPB Structures Ltd at Crossrail’s Pudding Mill Lane site in east London.
  • Apprentice Champion award, Tom Lane. Tom Lane from contractor BBMV was recognised for his work as a mentor to apprentices on the Liverpool Street and Whitechapel station tunnels projects. An apprentice who nominated Tom said: “His faith is a great motivation to how I further myself in this career path.” 
  • Outstanding Tier 1 Apprentice Employer, BBMV. The BBMV Joint Venture delivering the Liverpool Street and Whitechapel station tunnels projects received a number of nominations for their “outstanding commitment” and “significant contribution” to the number of apprentices working on the Crossrail project.
  • Outstanding SME Apprentice Employer, T.G. Tunnelling Ltd. T.G. Tunnelling Ltd, a contractor working on the delivery of Crossrail’s eastern tunnels, were praised for “going beyond initial commitments towards apprentices and working on an aspirational target.”

There are now more than 150 apprentices working on the Crossrail project, keeping Crossrail on track in its commitment to providing a minimum of 400 apprenticeships through its supply chain over the lifetime of the project.

Further Education & Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “I want to congratulate all the winners on their hard work and well-deserved success. The stories I heard at the awards today really demonstrate that apprenticeships deliver for both employers and individuals. I hope their achievements inspire people to see what an apprenticeship can do for them.”

Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan said: “I would like to congratulate all of our winners for the huge contribution they have made to the delivery of the Crossrail project. Crossrail is not just about delivering a world-class new railway, it is about leaving a lasting skills legacy for the industry. The apprentices we have recognised today highlight the rewards of investing in high-quality skills training, an area I feel passionately about having started my own career as an apprentice.”

Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “It is crucial for the construction and engineering industry that contractors of all sizes embrace the value in taking on apprentices. I would like to praise the contractors that have won awards today for their efforts in helping a new generation of construction talent take their first steps in the industry.”

Apprentice of the Year, Regina Tumblepot said: “I am so pleased to win the Crossrail Apprentice of the Year award. It's really great to celebrate the success of the apprentices and recognise the hard work that has been put in. I'm really proud to have won this award, especially when I see the quality of the work that the other apprentices have been producing.”

Specialist Apprentice of the Year, Ana Costa said: “To win this award is a great honour and I feel that all my hard work has been recognised and appreciated. It is fantastic and I am very pleased and excited to be part of the Crossrail project.” 

Chairman’s Special Prize for Achievement, Ray Stephenson said: “I’ve really enjoyed myself since becoming a Crossrail apprentice. I’ve been given the privilege to work for a great company and learn various things which I can use later on in life. Becoming a Crossrail operative is a once in a lifetime opportunity on the biggest tunnelling job in London.”

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Notes to Editors

About Crossrail

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

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.