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4th January 2017

Thanks to the heritage construction programme Re-Making Leeds, supported by York College, Ameha Shewaye has been able to develop specialist skills, secure employment and win a national award.

Ameha Shewaye

Ameha is a heritage construction skills trainee with Re-Making Leeds, a scheme developed by Leeds City Council in Partnership with York College and Leeds College of Building in order to train talented young people in specialist crafts. Ameha, who grew up in Italy and was originally from Ethiopia, successfully completed a twelve-month placement with Leeds fibrous plastering specialist Ornate Interiors in September 2016 where he developed his plastering skills whilst working on restoration projects at venues including York’s Theatre Royal and Oldham Town Hall.

Ameha Shewaye getting his hands dirty

Following the completion of his placement, he was offered employment by Ornate Interiors and was entered into SkillBuild, a national construction competition. All of Ameha’s hard efforts paid off when he recently won the gold medal at the Construction Industry Training Board’s award ceremony at the NEC Birmingham.

Ameha Shewaye with his award