It was a big day for the Carlisle United Community Sports Trust again on Wednesday as Owen Ferriday picked up the Warwickshire College Group and EFL Trust Trainee of the Year Award for 2019/20.
Owen was nominated by CST Trainee Coordinator Teresa Mulholland and the judging panel were so impressed with his efforts that they immediately added him to the shortlist, before confirming that he had successfully achieved the award.
“Owen was referred to the traineeship programme when he returned to Carlisle and he showed an immediate level of determination where we could see he wanted to do well,” Teresa explained.
“He was seeking support, guidance and direction from the traineeship to help him on the path to further education and employment.
“When enrolling Owen initially expressed an interest in engineering, but I arranged for a visit from a local construction manager – Simon Broad – who was involved in a new housing development project.
“Owen was immediately interested by the things Simon had to say and he jumped at the opportunity to take up a work placement. He's thrived from day one, enjoys the hard work, often in terrible weather conditions, and has established a great rapport with his manager and co-workers.
“Owen’s can-do attitude and amazing positivity shone through and he became a superb role model for the other traineeship group members.
“He has been a credit to the programme and he is a true worthy winner of this award.”
Simon Broad, Owen’s boss, said: “Owen’s attitude is unbelievable!
“He works in all weathers, never complains and is using his own initiative. I am extremely impressed.”
As a result of his 100% commitment Owen is also currently enrolled on a Construction Skills Certification scheme with Inspira and is saving for his provisional licence, and hopes to start driving lessons soon.
“We have to say a huge thanks to Simon from Nationwide Brickwork Limited who offered Owen the initial 12-week work placement,” Teresa added. “Owen’s commitment and dedication have really come through for him.
“Owen is now self-employed and ready to start working with Nationwide Brickwork. Thanks to Riverside Housing for providing Owen with the funding to purchase workwear for his placement, and Inspira for funding him to complete his CSCS registration.”