Christopher Meredith has recently been awarded the BTEC Student of the Year 2019 and is a higher level apprentice working for the Jacobs engineering consultancy in Leeds. He has progressed through completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment and the Advanced Technical Apprenticeship and BTEC HNC before embarking on the Higher Level Apprenticeship in February 2018.
While Chris’s determined progress through these levels is impressive in itself, what makes Chris an award-winner is the fact that he has done this against the odds, lifting himself out of what could have been an unhappy future through the sheer force of his effort and personality.
Chris left school with no GCSEs and in his own words ‘didn’t have the best start in education’ but he wanted more for himself, describing a “desperate yearning to be successful.”
Modestly giving much of the credit for his success to BTEC, Chris is actively involved with marketing apprenticeships and higher education to other young people, through radio and television, and acts as a mentor to junior apprentices at work. He also volunteers as a Student Ambassador at Leeds College of Building, because he says, “it’s important to give something back to the college that’s supported me for 6 plus years.”
Chris’s ambition is to finish his degree and ‘hopefully progress through the ranks of my company’. Chris is an excellent role model for apprentices – and living proof that with hard work and determination you can achieve anything you want.
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