Two young people from Somerset have been recognised for their exceptional talent and commitment at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) South West Training Awards.

Abigale Davies, from Bridgwater, who works for BAM Nuttall, received the most promising trainee quantity surveyor award, while James Morris, from Langford, who works for Alun Griffiths (Contractors), was named the most promising civil engineering apprentice.

Since joining BAM Nuttall, Abby has gained an HND in quantity surveying and is now working towards her degree through day release at the University of the West of England.

She received her award in recognition of her work on the Loe Bar Helston Flood Alleviation Scheme and the £17million Dawlish Marine Parade project. Her drive, enthusiasm and ‘can-do’ attitude impressed the judges.

James initially joined Griffiths for a four-week work experience programme following very good GCSE results, and his talent and aptitude resulted in him being offered an apprenticeship with the company.

He received the award for his achievements on a range of small maintenance projects and large capital projects at Bristol Airport.

Paul Santer, CECA South West regional director, said that the success of the winners highlighted the opportunities available for young people in civil engineering.

He said: “Each of the winners is an inspiration to others of their generation looking for a career that is well paid, different every day and which rewards talent. We need more bright, enthusiastic young people to join our construction industry, to bring new skills and fresh ideas and to play a part in building the UK infrastructure fundamental to future prosperity.”

The CECA Training Awards are presented annually to trainee civil engineers and apprentices in recognition of exceptional performance. Each winner received a trophy and cheque for £500 from Dave Ellis, chairman of CECA South West.