A soldier from Solihull, in the West Midlands, has won a prestigious award in this Army Apprentice of the Year Awards.
Sapper (Spr) Luke Hudson of 54 Commando Squadron 24 Commando Royal Engineers (54 Cdo 24 Cdo RE) based at Barnstaple, North Devon, walked away with the top prize in the intermediate section of the competition with his citation stating that he was ‘an outstanding apprentice in both his military and trade skills’.
20-year-old Luke, from Marston Green, who always dreamt of joining the Army, is a carpenter and joiner by trade and provides combat engineer support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines. He has deployed to the Falkland Islands and in 2017 was part of the Defence response to Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean where he helped rebuild roofs on homes, hospitals and schools on the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Luke’s apprenticeship assessor Tom Conway said: “Luke’s success within his Army Apprenticeship has been led by his continual desire for professional development and to be the best carpenter he can.
His continued enthusiasm and attention to detail has produced the highest quality work that should be seen as a credit to Luke and Army Apprenticeships.”
Officer Commanding 54 Cdo Sqn, Major Michael Richardson RE said: “Spr Hudson has demonstrated real passion for his trade and his work is of the highest quality. He has been a real asset to 24 Cdo RE, working above what would normally be expected of his rank.”
Luke, who attended City Technology College in Kingshurst, Birmingham, said: “I really want to progress through my apprenticeship stages and keep the momentum going. I am really into my trade and have been working towards this for some time. It is a really proud moment.”