A Rotherham man who tried three different career paths before finally laying solid foundations with a Goldthorpe-based UK packed product specialist has won a national award.
Luke Hoyle, aged 23 and based at Carlton Manufacturing’s site in Goldthorpe, scooped the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF) Apprentice of the Year award for 2021.
The award recognised Luke’s commitment and progress since starting the Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner apprenticeship in October 2019.
Carlton Manufacturing is the UK’s premium supplier of bagged ready-to-use concrete, mortar & fence post mixes from its state of-the-art bagging operation in Goldthorpe.
Luke is Carlton Manufacturing’s first apprentice and the company is so pleased with the skills and enthusiasm he brings to the workforce; it now hopes to set on more apprentices in coming months.
Luke, who was nominated by his manager, said: “This award means a lot to me. It gives me a great sense of achievement.
I didn’t do well at school and like a lot of people I left without knowing what path to take. I tried three different careers before I came to Carlton. I studied tiling at college, but it wasn’t for me. I took up an apprenticeship to become a railway engineer and got my qualification, but .it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, so I ended up working in a bar.
“I came across the opportunity at Carlton by chance and decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and try something new. There has been a lot to learn, especially when it comes to computer systems, but I know I’m working towards something better and going places.
“My previous jobs weren’t a waste of time – I picked up customer service and sales skills which are really useful when I’m dealing with Carlton’s customers on the phone and by email.
“For anyone thinking about starting an apprenticeship I’d say go for it. Even if you aren’t sure whether it’s the right career or not for you, the experiences, knowledge and skills you’ll get will help you in the future.”
Luke is studying for his qualification with leading Sheffield training provider The Source Skills Academy, a registered charity.
His tutor, Stephanie Scothorn, said: “I am so proud of what Luke has achieved. Since starting the learning journey with The Source last year, he has always produced excellent work and has come a long way in developing his skills and his knowledge of Carlton Manufacturing and its core Values.
“He has been a pleasure to work with and I am sure he has a bright career ahead.”
Marc Case, Carlton’s Commercial Manager, said: “To see Luke recognised is a credit to the way he has applied himself since joining our team. He’s applied himself to everything and pushed himself to not only learn more in his role but to excel at supporting our customers and, at the same time, balance all his academic requirements.”