A Stourbridge teenager described by his tutors as "very determined and focused" has won Bromsgrove construction group Weaver's Student of the Year award.
Chris Loach, aged 19, recently successfully completed the two-year Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment at Stourbridge College while working as a trainee quantity surveyor.
Mark Weaver, group marketing director at Weaver, said: "Our aim with this award is to encourage students to strive for excellence in their endeavours.
"Construction is a key driver of the regional and national economy and we are keen to encourage the sector's future leaders through raising standards in educational achievements. Weaver has always been committed to encouraging young people to take a positive view of a career in the industry and in Chris we have a very able ambassador for the future." Mr Loach joined Interserve Project Services in Birmingham two and a half years ago and has worked on a range of projects including an extension for Wolverhampton University, a new sixth form college in Alcester and a private school in Telford.
A former pupil of Summerhill Secondary School, Kingswinford, he is following in the footsteps of several relatives who are also in construction.
He said: "I have always wanted a career in construction. There's something very satisfying about creating a tangible community facility and I'm really enjoying every minute of it. My long-term ambition is to become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors."
Weaver has a turnover of £30 million and employs 150 staff.