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On Wednesday 1st March 2017, Rebecca Russell was recognised as Tradeswoman of the Year at the annual Women in Construction Awards in Manchester.
Pigeon-holed as a low achiever at school and from a deprived area in South London, Rebecca fought hard to achieve a Durkan plumbing apprenticeship which has since led to a long term contract with H & V Serviceplan.
Her achievements were celebrated at Wednesday’s awards ceremony where she was commended on her resilience, determination and ambition to be a positive role model for young people looking to overcome barriers to inclusion.
Kevin O’Connor, Head of Social Responsibility and Inclusion at Durkan said;
“Despite facing very considerable challenges - both personal and professional – Rebecca has shown a real determination to carry on in the face of adversity. She has persistently kept her focus on achieving her career goal of becoming a qualified plumber when others in her position may have given up. We are incredibly proud of what she has achieved.”
Rebecca’s commitment to learning her chosen trade has been evident since she started her journey with Durkan in 2014. The effort and enthusiasm she has put into achieving her goals has been recognised by everyone involved in her development including her training provider Croydon College and Joe Brennan Training (JBT).
Alan Coldwell, H&V Serviceplan said;
“We are delighted that Rebecca has been recognised by the Women in Construction Awards. Her infectious enthusiasm, determination and reliability shone through from the start and she quickly became an important part of our team. There was no question that we would take her on permanently. She is an inspiration and a deserving winner.”