Monmouthshire Housing Association (MHA) is celebrating after two of its female apprentices won awards at the CITB National Apprentice of the Year Awards.

The double success saw Plumber Cath Campbell win the award for Regional Apprentice of the Year, East Wales and named runner up in the All Wales category. Painter and decorator Kelly Bennett, picked up the award for Inspirational Achievement, at the ceremony earlier this month.

Continuing to challenge gender diversity within the construction industry. The award winning pair have had a number of achievements this year, with Kelly being given the CITB award for Outstanding Achievement and Catherine being named Coleg Gwent’s Work Based Learner of the Year.

Catherine Campbell said:

“It still does not feel real. I’m so proud of everything we have achieved”

Kelly Bennett said:

“It feels truly amazing to win. I didn’t expect it.”

John Kegan MHA’s CEO said:

“I am incredibly proud of Kelly and Catherine for their much deserved award. We hired them as they were the best calibre candidates and it shows.”

“We are always looking to encourage more women to get into construction and it is really important to MHA to ensure women can have high quality careers in this field. It is fantastic that this has been recognised.”

Peter Thomas, MHA’s Head of Building Services said:

“Both Cath and Kelly have excelled right from the start, they have a professional work ethic and always give their best to provide our tenants with a high quality, caring service. The CITB National Apprentice Awards show just how good they are.”