Bradford’s biggest social housing landlord has recognised the achievements of three of its trainees at its annual Apprentice of the Year awards.

A judging panel of senior officers at Incommunities chose the winners in three different work areas and an overall winner.

The overall winner today was Miles Mitchell, a 21-year-old apprentice joiner, of Heaton, Bradford.

The two other winners were Stuart Gudiens, 18, also an apprentice joiner, and Jonathan Fawcett, 17, an apprentice electrician.

Mr Mitchell, who joined the group’s apprentice scheme two-and-a-half years ago, said: “Doing the apprenticeship has given me a lot more self-confidence as well as giving me a knowledge of the trade and an insight into aspects of other trades.

“I would definitely recommend it to others, I’ve made a lot of friends here, it’s not just work colleagues but people you can rely on both inside and outside of work.”

Mr Gudiens, of Sowerby Bridge, is working at Incommunities’ Dudley Hill depot. Mr Fawcett, 17, of Shipley, works at its Saltaire depot.

Delroy Beverley, director of Incommunities – propertysolutions, said: “Our apprentices are actively encouraged to develop their trade skills and reach their potential working alongside trade professionals. I would like to thank each one of them for their important contribution to our business.”

Greg Robinson, director of Incommunities – buildingservices, said: “This year we have again had the difficult task of choosing winners from our high calibre pool of apprentices. The award winners and those that have been highly commended can be rightly proud of their achievements.

“Our apprenticeship programme lies at the heart of our vision to be an employer of first choice and every one of the team is playing their part in our multi-million pound maintenance and modernisation programme.”

Incommunities has 20 apprentices ranging in age from 17 to 44.