South West England Mentor Of The Year30 April 2018 / by Ian Williams Limited (author) / Bristol
Jo Down, Academy Officer at Ian Williams comments on the nomination: “Ashley Ward is an exceptional mentor who goes above and beyond to help his team, especially the apprentices, to succeed. He was voted Ian Williams’ Best Apprentice Mentor 2018 so it’s excellent that his efforts are also being recognised by such a prestigious organisation as the CITB.
A former apprentice himself, Ashley is well placed to offer practical advice about the highs and lows of apprenticeships. When commenting on his nomination, he pays tribute to those who mentored him and had a positive influence on his career: “I have been very fortunate in my career. I had many mentors as an apprentice and recognise the input each one of them had into my development. Thanks to the fact I’ve ‘grown up’ within the Ian Williams’ mentoring programme, I’m able to directly pass on the skills I gained from those who had a positive influence on my career path. I try to treat every apprentice the way I was treated by the majority of my peers - so really this award nomination is for the people who mentored me, as it was them who gave me the tools to do the same.”
Heather Hughes, Apprenticeship Officer at CITB who made the nomination explains: “When asked if I knew of anyone who deserved recognition for mentoring apprentices, one colleague instantly came to mind. We work with so many fantastic employers and apprentices, but in my time at the CITB, Ashley Ward has gone above and beyond to support all the apprentices in his care and believe me it’s not always been plain sailing.
“Not only has Ashley been a superb support to his apprentices, but as a new staff member for the CITB, he welcomed me and offered support and guidance. I certainly valued this and it made my job that much easier. Part of the criteria for the G4C Mentor of the Year award is an individual who has shown commitment to developing future leaders, investing time, nurturing and supporting them. Ashley ticks all these boxes and this award is well deserved!”
Ashley has now automatically been entered into the Young Achiever of the Year Award at the South West Built Environment Awards