Meadowhall Apprentice Scoops Top Award At Prestigious London Ceremony

A young apprentice from Sheffield has been recognised for his exceptional progress at Meadowhall Shopping Centre by national organisation Youth Build UK.

Construction apprentice Mitchell Bills, 17, was presented with the Youth Builder of the Year award following his outstanding work and effort in undertaking vocational training and employment in the sector.

Over 140 people, including politicians, senior figures from the construction industry, colleges, training organisations, finalists and their families all gathered together on the House of Commons Terrace to celebrate the achievements of the 2014 finalists.

Meadowhall Centre Director, Darren Pearce said: “We are absolutely delighted that Mitchell has received this award. He has done a fantastic job and is rightly rewarded for all of his hard work.

“As a business we are passionate about giving young people opportunities and therefore offer an array of apprenticeships across the board from construction though to security and marketing.

“Giving young people the chance to get involved in the work place and take the skills they learned in school and translate them to a working environment is something we are passionate about and aim to support as much as we can.”

Mitchell, who attended Hinde House School in Firth Park said: “It was an amazing experience going down to London and receiving this award. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as an apprentice at Meadowhall and would encourage others to do the same.

“It gives you the opportunity to experience work on a day to day basis and get trained in an area of expertise at the same time – and working at Meadowhall, one of the biggest businesses in South Yorkshire, has been incredible.”

Meadowhall employs over 6,000 people a year with an additional 2,000 during the Christmas period.

The Centre recently held a Jobs Fair which saw crowds of people through the doors taking advantage of the opportunities on offer within the centre.

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