Award winning Natasha is building towards her future

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A YOUNG council worker has scooped a national award.

Trainee surveyor Natasha Hrab, 21, of Brighouse, won the Local Authority Building Control Andrew Little award ahead of fellow trainees from across the country.

Natasha, who went to Rastrick High School, joined the council in 2008 after hearing about the job through an advert placed in the Courier.

“My mum saw the advert in the paper and I thought it sounded interesting so I applied,” said Natasha.

“I had no experience at all when I first started and spent a lot of time shadowing people, but now I’ve got a bit more responsibility.”

After completing a Higher National Certificate in Construction through a day-release to Bradford College, Natasha then began a three-year BSc in Building Surveying at Sheffield Hallam, which will finish in 2013.

It’s the second time in two years that a Calderdale trainee has scooped the Andrew Little Award, with Sarah Evans collecting the gong last year.

“I was chuffed to bits when they called.

“Now I’ve just got to pass my degree and then the world’s my oyster.”

Mike Terry, Calderdale Council’s Building Control Manager, said: “Natasha is becoming a competent and capable surveyor, with a broadening knowledge base and an expanding degree of confidence and skills.”

Sheila Elkington who was one of Natasha’s Sixth Form tutors at Rastrick High, said: “Well done to Natasha.

“She was an excellent, hard working, popular student and very determined to achieve the best qualifications possible but without the debt that would be involved by going straight to university.”