Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Apprenticeship Awards Programme

Liam French has been short-listed for an individual achievement award by the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Apprenticeship Awards Programme.

Liam who is autistic has been working for PHD since 2014. When Liam started working with us he began by painting the scaffolding and recycling fittings at our yard. Helder Machado, his manager, noticed that Liam liked to finish any work he was given.

When PHD got the contract at the Olympic Park, Helder trained him to do the welding for the guard rails and gates. Liam is very proud of his welding achievements and working in small groups has done wonders for his confidence.

Liam passed his Health and Safety Test to gain his CSCS card and last year Liam won ‘PHD Employee of the Year’ out of 400 candidates for his excellent attitude to work and for his efforts in supporting the QEOP project. This was an internal award but he is still very proud of this achievement.

“Liam likes things to be well ordered and organized to know exactly what he is doing, and this is an excellent example to all his work colleagues.  We are all very proud of him.” Helder Machado

This year Liam is hoping to get his driving licence which shows how much his confidence has been boosted.