Apprenticeship provider honours North East's top talent

The region's finest building services engineering apprentices will be rewarded for their talents and hard work tomorrow

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The region’s finest building services engineering apprentices will be rewarded for their talents and hard work tomorrow.

Eight students from around the North East will turn out at the Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham for an awards ceremony celebrating the highest achieving trainees in the industry.

Trophies will be awarded to the top three, with the overall winner going forward to a national ceremony in London.

The awards scheme is run by industry and Government-approved trainings supplier, JTL, the leading provider to the building services engineering sectors in England and Wales. Final year apprentices from across the organisation’s four courses - electrical installation; plumbing, heating and ventilation; refrigeration; and engineering maintenance - were put forward for recognition by their employers or training officers.

Among those in the running for an award is Jonathan McGowan, 23, who works for the Teesside-based Intelect, one of the largest independent engineering contractors in the North East.

“Jonathan is shaping up very well indeed,” said director John Thompson.

“He’s working within our electrical division alongside engineers, designing and installing control panels and he’s really excelling.

“Currently based over in Hamburg on a contract, he’s self-sufficient, highly proficient and is really motivated to progress his career.”

Another potential winner is Andrew Aldis, who completed his apprenticeship nearly three months ahead of plan while working for Cramlington company, M J Donaldson Plumbing and Heating.

“It’s been a great process and I really enjoyed my training,” he said. “Now I’m qualified I’m relishing the extra responsibility and pressure that comes with taking on my own projects.”

JTL runs around 6,000 apprenticeships across 10 regions in England and Wales. Awards ceremonies will be taking place in October, November and December, with the regional winners coming together in February 2014 to compete for the title of JTL Apprentice of the Year.

“The awards are a key event in our year,” said JTL operations manager, Ray Leonard. “Our apprentices work really hard under close guidance for three or four years and there’s no doubt that these nominations are fiercely contested.

“A great deal of thought and discussion goes into making sure the right candidates go forward to the regional awards - each of them greatly deserves their place and we wish them all the very best of luck.”

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