Chairman's Hampshire Youth Investment Awards 2016

Chance Lillywhite, an apprentice from our Highways Team in Hampshire, has been awarded “Trainee of the Year” at the Chairman's Hampshire Youth Investment Awards 2016.

The awards are organised by Hampshire Futures (part of Hampshire County Council). They acknowledge the commitment and achievements of young people across Hampshire, who have taken part in traineeships and apprenticeships.

Chance joined Amey on a 12-week Traineeship Plus placement in September 2015 and was presented with his award by Councillor Thornber.

Paul Anderson, Account Director in Hampshire, said: “We are delighted to be a participant in Hampshire Futures’ Traineeship Plus scheme which provides placement opportunities to young people from hard-to-reach groups. Chance’s success validates our commitment to this excellent scheme. I am very proud of Chance’s achievements and am sure he has a great career ahead of him.”

With a genuine enthusiasm for the work, the team saw Chance’s self-confidence gradually build each day. Despite having limited work experience, many people believed he was already an apprentice during his placement. Chance’s commitment to health and safety was particularly impressive, regularly reporting close calls to help achieve our objective of zero harm.

After successfully completing his placement, Chance was offered a permanent position as a Highways Maintenance Apprentice on the account.

Since beginning his apprenticeship in December 2015 Chance has learnt many new skills - both on-the-job as well as formal training. He has already begun studying for an NVQ Level 2 in Highways Maintenance at Highbury College, and will begin his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in September.