A Portsmouth City Council apprentice who has shown exceptional dedication and skill in her role has been awarded the title of Construction Apprentice of the Year.

Sophy Roseaman, Building Surveyor, received the award at The News & Observer Apprenticeship Awards 2023 held on Thursday 9 November.

Sophy has worked on a range of buildings projects such as the restoration and conversion of the Kings Theatre, and the conversion of Northern Parade from a shop into a residential dwelling.

Sophy’s manager, Stuart Lane, Building Projects manager, said:

“Since joining the council in 2018, Sophy has shown exceptional dedication and skill in her role. In 2023, Sophy graduated with an outstanding first-class honours degree in Building Surveying BSc (Hons), which was a remarkable achievement. She is a hardworking, engaged, and intuitive professional who has become an independent and knowledgeable construction expert.”

All three apprentices nominated from the council’s building services team were finalists in their categories. William George was nominated in Mentor of the Year, and Sinead Hay was nominated for Degree Apprentice of the Year.

Councillor Steve Pitt, Leader of the council said:

“It’s brilliant to see our apprenticeship programme bearing fruit. At the council we’re believers in growing local talent and the apprenticeship programme ensures we identify potential in the city and develop staff to take on the challenges we face as a city. Every apprentice we have at the council is part of a bright future for Portsmouth.”

Councillor Darren Sanders, Cabinet Member for Housing and Tackling Homelessness, said:

 “We take great pride in the development of our apprentices, and they form an important part of the council’s building services team. It’s an honour to see the journey of these talented individuals with impressive academic records and promising futures grow. We are thrilled to watch our current and upcoming apprentices flourish and achieve success.”

Apprenticeships are available across the council. If you, or someone you know, are interested in becoming an apprentice you can view the opportunities at Portsmouth City Council here – Careers Portal – Find jobs with Portsmouth City Council

left to right: Steve Groves, William George, Sophy Roseaman, Sinead Hay, Andrew Malbon