1# Outline the career or training of the nominee, including the background of the nominee’s work, field, or activity
Nathan joined the business in August 2017 as an apprentice Joiner. Nathan worked on Site installing wooden fixtures, ironmongery, timber frames and foam work. Nathan worked on various sites and was involved in all aspects of joinery. He completed his NVQ Level 2 and then went on to complete his advanced NVQ Level 3 in Joinery.
Upon completion of this Nathan progressed in the business to be promoted to a trainee Site Manager. His role involves working closely with the site manager and teams on site to ensure the project is completed on time and defect free. Nathan is currently working towards achieving his Level 4 in Construction Site Supervisor.
Nathan achieved a Merit in His NVQ Level 3
Nathan achieved Distinctions in all of his units so far for his Level 4 in Construction Site Supervisor.
2# Provide information which will help the judges understand the challenges, problems, and scope of the nominee’s area of activity.
When Nathan progressed in his career to Trainee Site Manager he then had to step up into a management role and manage some of his work colleagues and mentors who he worked along side, whilst maintaining a professional approach.
Throughout Nathans Career he has had to learn to juggle both his work and his studies. Nathan’s new role of trainee site management comes with more responsibility as well as keeping up with his studies.
3# Describe the nominee’s exceptional achievements or contributions in his/her chosen field.
Since Nathan joined the business in 2017 he has shown a strong dedication to both his studies and his role. Nathan was awarded Trade apprentice of the year by Salford College when he was studying towards his Joinery apprenticeship & has recently also won the Professional and Technical Construction Apprentice of the Year award for Salford College.
Nathan is always keen to step up in his role and put himself forward for any extra duties that may be required. In 2022 for National Apprenticeship Week Nathan was interviewed by Talk Radio to discuss apprenticeships and his journey. Nathan has also attended multiple apprenticeship recruitment events with our team to enable him to inspire other people wanting to enter into a career in construction.
4# List public statements for employers, college lecturers, external bodies/authorities, and awards that affirm the nominee’s achievements and contributions.
Nathan Butcher- Statement from Angela Daly: Tutor at Salford College – Jan -23
Nathan’s academic achievements have been very positive, as he has demonstrated excellent academic results throughout his HNC in Construction and the Built Environment course. Nathan absorbs everything that is said without question and uses the information to generate high quality assignments.
The results of this assignments are outstanding, often at a quality far higher than the HNC
He has so far achieved distinctions in all of his units, with two units remaining.
Nathan’s accomplishments are far and wide.
Nathan was originally a joiner and did a level 3 joinery apprenticeship. When I asked him why he had gone down the route of a joiner he very wisely said, that ‘as a joiner you’re on a job from start to finish.’ I remember being shocked at this statement, as Nathan was a young man of 21 at the time and this was something I’ve heard of time and time again by men who have been in construction management aged 50 and over.
Nathan is a very pleasant, quiet but extremely conscientious student, he has a very dry sense of humour and an exceedingly cheeky smile. His rapport with his fellow students is lovely to see and his colleagues are able to go to Nathan and ask if they are unsure of something, whether it be work related or of an academic nature.
Observing Nathan at work, it was quickly noted, that Nathan is confident, self assured, passionate and compassionate, willing to help someone and go out of his way to ensure that the job he is doing is to a very high quality.
Nathan is someone who, if he is going to do something, will make sure he will do it and not only do it but do it to the very best of his ability.
On a personal front due to Nathan wanting to make something of himself he has ensured that work and college are his main priorities.
I have no doubt that Nathan will go far in the world of construction, due to his passion, integrity and determination.
Previous Training Manager Statement – Roy Cavanagh MBE – 2019
Over many years I have had a lot of interaction with apprentices.
Recently in chairing a ‘Champions Group’ of employers, I was very impressed with Nathan Butcher. Unbeknown to us both beforehand, we were involved in a dialogue between the college, employers and apprentices.
Nathan was asked to give his view of his apprenticeship so far, at present he is at NVQ3 and even though he had somebody like myself from Seddon in front of him he acted totally independent. His assessment of how his apprenticeship had run, what he still wanted to achieve in his trade of joinery, and how he saw his longer term future, were far beyond his years. His confidence, articulation, and strength of thought seriously impressed me, and I knew him!
To have that confidence, backed up by his ability and qualifications was outstanding. In my role as chair of the meeting, I congratulated him for himself, his family and his employer on his level.
A very impressive young man who, I feel will go as far as he eventually wants.
5# Summarise why the nominator believes the nominee should be selected as a CDA Award Winner within this space.
Having won both Trade apprentice of the year and Higher Degree Apprentice of the year since joining our business in 2017 we believe that Nathan is the perfect candidate to win this. Testimonies from both his line manager, our previous training manager and the college are exceptional and we believe he is an asset to have in our business.
Nathan is trustworthy, honest and can always be replied upon to represent both the business and apprentices as a whole. He is a high achiever in both his learning and in his role, looked up to and respected by many of his peers and colleagues.
Nathan is conscientious, passionate, hard working and always delivers a high quality standard of workmanship. He works well with his team and is an outstanding role model to any new apprentices in our business and our supply chain.
To have achieved Distinctions in all of his collage units so far, with a glowing report from his manager and tutor shows he is doing an exceptional job of managing work, study and his personal life to achieve amazing results.