Paige Carter with trophies at Plantworx crop

Talented Nantwich student Paige Carter has won one of the top awards in a competition to find the UK’s best construction plant apprentices.

The 18-year-old Reaseheath College student is the first female apprentice to win the title of ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the Construction Plant-hire Association’s (CPA) Stars of the Future Awards.

The finals were held at PLANTWORX, a bi-annual showcase event for the UK’s construction industry.

Paige had earlier been awarded ‘Level 2 Apprentice of the Year’ at the event in Leicestershire, and went head to head with other winners to clinch the national title.

Nearly 600 apprentices in the construction plant trade were eligible.

She received her awards from Richard Noble OBE, a World Land Speed record holder and the pioneer of the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car.

Paige has just completed her Level 2 apprenticeship through block release training at Reaseheath.

She said: “I think engineering is a great career which I would really recommend to girls.”

Reaseheath course manager Simon Keen said: “Paige is a very deserving winner who thoroughly deserves the recognition.

“We put her forward for this year’s competition because she has outstanding practical and theory skills, supported by very positive feedback from her employer.

“She is definitely future management material who will continue to raise the bar for all apprentices.”

A-Plant’s head of training Bob Harper said: “We are absolutely delighted Paige has won this national award in recognition of her ability and her total commitment to learning and her work.”

Reaseheath Engineering is one of the UK leaders in construction plant training.

This year saw a record intake of more than 120 first year apprentices and there are currently 172 apprentices enrolled on the programme.

The college is the preferred trainer for companies including A-Plant, JCB, Clee Hill Plant, Morgan Plant Hire and J.S. Berry.

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