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Bursary boost for Derby College apprentice

Our annual bursary of £1,000 awarded in time for National Apprenticeship Week (March 5-9)


An apprentice at Derby College has been awarded our £1,000 bursary to support his future studies and job career goals.

Matthew Johnson (22) works for Derby-based Jenbrook Construction and attends Derby College on day release to complete his level three brickwork apprenticeship.He will be representing Derby College again this year on the Skillbuild inter-college construction competition and was nominated for the bursary by his College lecturers in recognition of his hard work and commitment.

Matthew was presented with a cheque by  B&K Chairman, John Kirkland, who launched the annual bursary scheme following our completion of the £48 million Roundhouse campus restoration and building programme which we undertook for Derby College in 2007/2008.

Mr Kirkland explained: “We set up the bursary soon after the Roundhouse officially opened to students in 2009 to support young people starting out in their career in construction. Matthew is obviously a young man who is working hard to make his mark on the construction industry and I hope that the bursary will inspire him to aim high.”

Matthew started work as a farm labourer before clinching an apprenticeship with Jenbrook Construction in Derby.

 He said: “I am over the moon to be awarded this bursary which I will be using to buy tools and also, potentially, to pay for future courses in Professional Construction as I would like to progress onto surveying and site management jobs.”

Jenbrook Construction Managing Director Andrew Flynn: “Matthew is a great lad and we have high hopes for him in the future. I am so pleased that he has been recognised in this way by Bowmer & Kirkland and the college.

 Derby College Deputy Chief Executive Heather Simcox concluded: “We are very grateful to Bowmer & Kirkland for supporting our Construction apprentices and students with this annual bursary."

 Caption: Matthew is pictured with John Kirkland and Heather Simcox of Derby College.