AN apprentice joiner is nailed-on for a bright future as a tradesman after winning an excellency award.

Lewis Cullen, from Bolton, has been named Apprentice of the Year for the Lancashire-based division of Redrow.

The 20-year-old former Bolton College student had good role models for his fledgling career.

Dad Daniel was a tiler and mum Angela also studied joinery for two years, firing his ambition to work in the construction industry.

Lewis said: "“I was overwhelmed with joy to get the award, not least because it is a recognition of my hard work and the pride I take when I am doing my job. I have been encouraged along the way by my parents, my contractors and Redrow, and it marks a big step forward in my plans to get on in life and do well."

He has been with the company since the age of 18, having gained diplomas at Bolton College, and is currently studying for his Level 2 NVQ in joinery.

Lewis added: "I did construction in secondary school and have always wanted to go into it since. I like working outdoors, I like the relationship with the lads on site and I enjoy my job, and that sense of achievement when you see something being created in front of you that you’ve played a big part in."

His trade has taken him to various sites across the north west, from The Grange at Yew Tree Park, in Burscough, to Oak Leigh Gardens near Clitheroe.

He has also paid tribute to his mentor Bob Joyce, of R J Joinery, where he trained.

Lewis said: "He taught me not to rush, but to take pride in my work and to understand how my work would affect everyone else's."

Karen Jones, Redrow's group human resources director, said the firm had received "superb feedback" about their apprentices.

"That’s why we invest so much into the next generation of talent and people like Lewis,” she added.