Award winning apprentice

Wednesday 20 April 2016

An apprentice who studies at Bedford College and works MACS Plasterboard Systems Limited has won a prestigious Apprentice-of-the-Year award.

Lorrie-Ann Frater beat substantial competition in winning the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) award and was honoured at a gala awards lunch at the Plaisterers Hall in London.

Lorrie-Ann Frater is an Apprentice Quantity Surveyor working at MACS Plasterboard Systems as she moves towards gaining her BTEC Level 3 in Construction and Built Environment and NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations General Level 3 at Bedford College. 

Lorrie-Ann joined MACS in 2014 as a school leaver with virtually no knowledge of Quantity Surveying or of the Construction Industry. She is now on her second year of her apprenticeship.

‘We are extremely proud of Lorrie Ann being awarded the FIS apprentice of the year.  It is recognition like this, of the hard work, that both Lorrie-Ann and the MACS Commercial Team have made bought which pushes the company to the forefront of training & development”, says MACS Commercial Director Mark Wareham, Lorrie-Ann’s immediate supervisor.

“She is a self-motivator who challenges herself by setting (and meeting) ambitious targets and goals. Lorrie-Ann is an excellent worker who can complete all appointed tasks with a minimum of supervision or explanation.”

In a short period of time Lorrie-Ann has progressed from being a novice to becoming to a valued member of the MACS team; to such an extent that she now runs the financial side of the MACS Plasterboards Customer Care Works - a role that involves pricing works to be carried out for MACS clients and also responding to client requests or queries.

 Mark added, “Lorrie-Ann has shown a maturity beyond her years and has proven to be an engaging and delightful person when interacting with all her colleagues at MACS. She also has shown an ability to thrive and progress as a woman in an industry (and a position) that is still very male-dominated.”

In addition to winning a trophy as recognition of her achievement, Lorrie-Ann was also awarded a cheque for £200 from award sponsor SIG.

Interested in apprenticeships in construction? Take a look at the options at bedford.ac.uk

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