City Plumbing Spares apprentice scoops WCoBM prize

City Plumbing Spares apprentice, Leo Brigham, has been awarded the prestigious City & Guilds Livery Company Prize for 2023 by the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants.

Brigham started his apprenticeship with City Plumbing in 2021 and was the first learner to complete the programme of study in the first ever cohort for the Spares Specialist training programme.

Leo Brigham

In completing his Level 2 qualification, Brigham dropped only three marks across his entire portfolio and assessment, earning him a well-deserved distinction. He has continued to draw praise from local managers and the regional director for his hard work, commitment and attitude to work. By building strong relationships throughout the branch network and with customers, he is already contributing to the branch’s success.

Branch manager, Shane Begbie, said: “Leo has been a fantastic worker from day one. I knew he would be a shining star in the business as his commitment and drive is beyond his years. It’s been a privilege to see him develop and I am proud to have him in my team.”

Brigham said: “It’s a real honour to have been chosen by the WCoBM to win their prize for 2023. Any acknowledgment of your work is humbling, but I’m immensely proud to be recognised by such a prestigious body and to have attended such an impressive ceremony.

“It reinforced to me that the benefits of apprenticeships continue to be seen more positively, and I hope as an industry and nation we continue forwards on that journey. I am incredibly thankful to City Plumbing Supplies and LEAP Apprenticeships. Their support has been invaluable so far in my two years with the company, I look forward to what the future holds.”

Livery Company Prizes honour outstanding achievements from students or tutors who have taken or taught City & Guilds qualifications in the trade of a Livery Company and are presented through the City & Guilds of London Institute.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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