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Jewson’s leading lady scoops prestigious TTJ award

Jewson’s Sarah Broadley is the first woman to win Career Development Award in ten years. Sarah Broadley, member of the Timber Market Team at Jewson, the UK’s leading supplier of timber and building materials, has received the coveted Career Development Award at this year’s TTJ Awards. Sarah was presented with the Award by John Prescott MP and Award sponsors SCA Timber Supply Ltd at the Park Lane Hotel on Thursday 17 September, for demonstrating professional development within the timber industry.

Of the four finalists for this year’s over 25’s Career Development Award, employees from Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland (SGBD) – Jewson’s parent company – accounted for three, demonstrating the company’s commitment to training and career advancement within the timber arena. The other two shortlisted candidates included Emma Weaver, Carcassing Specialist at Jewson, and Andrew Goto, Sales Consultant at International Timber, who have all demonstrated excellence within their individual fields.

Sarah’s Award win follows her successful completion of a catalogue of training programmes including SGBD’s Timber Training Academy – intermediate level, which provides company employees with comprehensive product training modules relating to every stage of the timber industry. Sarah is currently working towards securing advanced status under the Academy, which will provide her with a nationally recognised BTEC qualification.

On her success, Sarah comments: "Winning the Award is really special on two levels. Firstly, I am the first female to win the Award in ten years, which I’m really proud of. Secondly, it demonstrates that people who take time out to have a family, just as I did in 1992, can still re-enter their chosen industry and succeed. I’m delighted to have won the award and hope that this recognition provides the foundations for further career progression within Jewson."

Bill Thomas, Timber Training Director at Jewson, adds: "Sarah’s commitment and enthusiasm to her work has shown no bounds and I am delighted that she has won the Award. The accolade also reflects Jewson’s positive attitude towards training and the development of its people, and I would like to thank our partners, particularly Osmose, for its ongoing commitment to the Timber Training Academy, which has helped many people like Sarah develop their knowledge, experience and skills."

A member of the Institute of Wood Science, Sarah has gained significant field-based experience through working with Jewson’s Timber Market Team and many of Jewson’s 500 branches nationwide. Through working closely with the Jewson Procurement Team, Sarah now also has a thorough understanding of the Chain of Custody supply chain and contributes to the operational delivery of the team.

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