Mono Celebrates Apprentice’s Hard Work At York College Award’s Ceremony

Last week we were over at York College for the annual awards ceremony, where our apprentice Brandon Halliwell won the most improved stone mason level 2 apprentice. Well done Brandon!

It was a fantastic evening to celebrate Brandon’s achievement and a night enjoyed by all the Mono team.

We also enjoyed the guest speaker’s talk, which was delivered by William Birch and sons Chairman Chris Birch.

Chris talked about the importance of education and to continue this learning throughout your career.  It was an inspirational speech for not only the young award winners but all there to hear, and great to hear that Chris himself has developed from being a young trainee himself, to now chairman of a multi award winning historical conservation specialist company.

Mono are very proud to be working at present on a contract project for William Birch at Lincoln Cathedral, an £8m scheme to restore and refurbish the Old Deanery and create a much-anticipated new visitor centre at this world renowned Cathedral. The project is creating jobs for local people as well as offering great opportunities for students and apprentices like Brandon.

Featured is a shot of the Mono directors James Beddow, Gary Collier, Chairman of William Birch Chris Birch, and the man of the moment Brandon Halliwell.

Director Gary Collier commented

“It’s fantastic to see the learning curve of our apprentices as they increase their skills in stone masonry. Brandon is an extremely hard worker and has improved significantly in the last year, he deserves the award more than anyone, and we are proud to have him on the team. To top the award ceremony off, was to meet one of our clients Chris Birch.

We’re working for William Birch at Lincoln Cathedral, something that our team is thriving on, and a project that Brandon looks forward to working on”.

Director James Beddow commented

“this was an extremely proud moment for me, Brandon is my eldest son, and to see him develop and follow in the my footsteps and be awarded after all the hard work he has put in, I cannot be prouder. well done son, and keep up the hard work!”


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