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South West England Mentor Of The Year

30 April 2018 / by Ian Williams Limited (author) / Bristol
MD Andy Havard presenting Ashley Ward with the Ian Williams’ Best Apprentice Mentor 2018 at the recent Qualification Celebration Lunch. (photo: Ian Williams Ltd)
MD Andy Havard presenting Ashley Ward with the Ian Williams’ Best Apprentice Mentor 2018 at the recent Qualification Celebration Lunch. / (photo: Ian Williams Ltd)

Ian Williams is delighted to announce contracts manager Ashley Ward has been named "Mentor Of The Year by the CITB Generation for Change programme, at the Constructing Excellence South West awards .


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




Ian Williams Limited


Ian Williams Limited

Ian Williams Limited is a leader and pioneer in its field, providing complete property solutions including building, maintenance and refurbishment to all market sectors. The company is also one of the largest painting contractors in the UK. It was recently named as one of the UK’s most inspiring businesses. By continuously improving and measuring customer satisfaction, the company benefits from an unrivalled reputation as a ‘complete’ property specialist within the public, commercial, education and social housing sectors. Ian Williams has achieved the ROSPA GOLD standard in health and safety practices for eight years running. Ian Williams has been recognised as “a great place to work” by Investors in People, who awarded the company their Silver Standard for the way in which it had transformed business performance through the support and motivation of its team. The award, which has been given to fewer than 600 organisations in the UK, recognises excellence in areas including people management, leadership and performance evaluation. For more information, please visit www.ianwilliams.co.uk.

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