Apprentice Gabriel is crowned the best in Britain

Gabriel Lynch (centre) with Sula Sneddon, his mentor from the Construction Industry Training Board, and Martin Purdy, of Barratt Homes.
Gabriel Lynch (centre) with Sula Sneddon, his mentor from the Construction Industry Training Board, and Martin Purdy, of Barratt Homes.

An apprentice who worked at the Gateford Park housing development in Worksop has been crowned the best in the country.

Gabriel Lynch, 21, who is is based in Leeds, was named Great Britain apprentice of the year at the prestigious annual awards run by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

As well as the overall title, he won the apprentice of the year accolades for England and the north east and Yorkshire region.

“I am overwhelmed,” said Gabriel. “To win one award is brilliant, but to take home three is a dream come true.

“I am determined to be the best I can in my career, and I am lucky to have a brilliant team supporting me and helping me to develop.”

Gabriel is employed by Barratt Developments, whom he joined after completing his A-levels. He was keen on a career in construction and was attracted by Barratt’s commercial apprentice programme, which is co-ordinated by CITB and enables him to work and study at the same time.

Gabriel’s spell at Gateford Park was spent with David Wilson Homes, which is part of the Barratt operation. His determination and motivation helped him achieve his NVQ Level 3 qualification four months early.