Lincoln College apprentice named ‘hero of construction’

A Lincoln College apprentice has received a Daily Mirror Hero of Construction Award for her hard work and dedication while studying – during a difficult time in her life.

Lucy Goldsmith is currently doing her Level 3 NVQ in Painting and Decorating as an apprentice and has been working for her family’s painting and decorating business, K Goldsmith and Daughters, whilst studying.

The award celebrates those who have stepped up and proven themselves in difficult circumstances; the winner is someone who is an inspiration to others and extremely successful.

“Last year my dad became very ill and was told he would need a triple heart bypass. It was difficult,” said Lucy.

“He went into hospital and was told that if he didn’t have the operation then he wouldn’t make it out.

“I had to step up and keep building his business; he has worked so hard trying to build it up for me and my sister and if the business failed then it would’ve devastated him.”

Lucy was invited to attend the CITB Pride of Construction Awards at London’s National History Museum on November 25 where she was presented with the Hero of Construction Award.

“It meant so much when I won, I honestly didn’t think I would win it; they read my name out and I just sat for a minute in shock! I was so excited!”

Lucy has enjoyed studying her apprenticeship and is looking forward to continuing her work for her family business which she now owns shares in.

“I want to make the business huge, I have worked hard and am determined to make it a success and do my family proud.

“Doing my apprenticeship has set me up for the future; it’s great that I now have the qualifications that I need as well as all the experience you get from working whilst you study.”

Painting and Decorating Lecturer, Steve Turner said: “Lucy has studied very hard and overcome a lot of difficulty to get to where she is now. It really is fantastic. She deserves that award.”

Kevin Davey, Head Construction at Lincoln College said: “We are very proud of Lucy’s achievements; it is great that she has been recognised for her hard work and her future looks set to be very exciting.

“I would like to offer congratulations to Lucy on behalf of Lincoln College, she is an inspiration.”