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Keiran branches out while winning Worshipful Livery Award 2013

Former NPTC Group student Kieran Shelley is branching out on his own while celebrating being awarded the Worshipful Livery Award 2013.

Keiran, who completed his NVQ level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery at the College’s Brecon Beacons Campus, took part in an apprenticeship with local employer Neil Lloyd (LBS). In line with his apprenticeship Keiran was required to travel all over England and Wales carrying out a variety of carpentry work for a number of clients.

Working under the guidance of College tutors Paul Edwards and Eifion Morgan, Keiran has shown tenacity and determination to succeed in all he has put his hand to.

The Worshipful Livery Award originates from the historic trade associations of the Worshipful Companies. These companies were grouped together according to their relevant trade, craft or profession and have their origins as long ago as medieval times. They were developed in order to regulate the trades in certain areas including rates of pay and labour conditions were notable for their high achievement and quality of work.

Apprenticeship Officer, Clare Ward said: “I have known Kieran for over three years and I nominated him because he has worked so hard through his apprenticeship and I am proud to say that he has always been a reliable and conscientious apprentice who has now progressed into a self-employed carpenter who is working well and will continue to do so for many a years.”

Keiran has now gone against the grain and set up his own self-employed carpentry and joinery business, already securing work in the local area. Keiran is hoping that a large oak will grow from this small acorn, as he is looking to expand his business and, in time, take on employees.