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Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com TRAINING/TECHNICAL Recognising excellence in young people Caroline Turner, director of operations JTL, reveals the Best Plumbing Apprentice 2015... We have recently held the latest in our regular annual awards in which we recognise the excellence of the young people who are striving to become qualified tradespeople in the heating and plumbing and electrical sectors. We announced our top performers of the year at a ceremony held at the Drapers’ Hall, in the City of London, at the end of February in front of a range of invited guests as well as the finalists’ families and employers. It was a stellar event which highlighted exactly how we feel about the young people we help to train. Motivation is one key to success and the potential opportunity to be crowned the top apprentice of the year is a huge spur to many of our apprentices’ levels of achievement. RIGOROUS SELECTION PROCESS The finalists gathered from across England and Wales to discover who had won the coveted trophies, and were all subject to a rigorous selection process. At each stage they were tested on their practical and theoretical knowledge and interviewed by members of JTL’s senior management team. And so the JTL Best Plumbing Apprentice winner is James Ransom, who completed his apprenticeship with Dartford-based, Kent Eco Homes, a plumbing, heating and renewable energy company. WWW.HPMMAG.COM James excelled at every stage of his apprenticeship, proving himself to be a very competent student from day one. He achieved all the landmarks of his course in good time and, as a result, completed his apprenticeship ahead of schedule. James’ JTL training officer, Mark Brown, was mightily impressed with him. “James’ knowledge of his craft was beyond any I have seen over the last ten years. Not only that, he’s also a really likeable young person who, without a doubt, will be a very successful heating and plumbing engineer. It was a real pleasure to watch him progress through his apprenticeship.” HARD WORK REWARDED James was delighted, if a little shocked to hear of his win. “I genuinely wasn’t expecting it and I’m not sure my family was either,” he said. “I thought they were messing around at first, but I’m really proud and it’s great to have my hard work rewarded in this way. “I learnt so much on my apprenticeship. I’d expected to master the practical skills but I hadn’t anticipated learning so much in other areas too. I’ve learnt how to deal with all different types of people, a skill that’s equally useful out of work as during the working day. It’s been a great experience and one that I’d repeat in a heartbeat.” Having completed his apprenticeship in 48 APRIL 2015 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY August 2014, James now works across a wide range of plumbing and heating projects, mainly in London and the south east. James’ boss at Kent Eco Homes, Mark Tighe, said: “James is a hardworking and capable engineer, whom we initially selected because of the positive attitude he showed - an approach that has stayed with him throughout his apprenticeship. “James is eager to learn, takes direction well and uses his initiative when required. He is also very adaptable, proving his ability to work across a variety of projects. Winning JTL’s award is a fantastic achievement and everyone here at Kent Eco Homes wishes James continued success in his career.” HIGH ACHIEVING JTL’s awards scheme celebrates the highest achieving young people working in the building services engineering sectors. We’re an industry and government approved training supplier running around 6,000 apprenticeships at any one time, as well as a range of other short and professional development courses, in partnership with colleges and workplaces across seven regions in the UK. Roughly 33,000 young people have completed JTL apprentices in the last 25 years. Available to young people between the ages of 16 and 23, JTL apprenticeship schemes provide an ideal entry route into the building services engineering sector, matching potential apprentices with an employer. JTL runs five apprenticeship courses: electrical installation; electrical maintenance; plumbing, heating and ventilation; and engineering maintenance - and is currently working with over 3,200 businesses nationwide. JTL’s apprenticeship schemes allow young people to gain practical experience and ‘earn as they learn’, while achieving either a Level 2 or Level 3 National Vocational Qualification. We know there are cynical people around who poo-poo the value of award schemes, but I can only report on the one we run. It’s a genuine competition. We see incredibly motivated young people and we find it difficult to find the winners as the standards the apprentices exhibit are so high. They are motivated by doing the best they can in their roles. Long may the awards continue and the number of excellent young people with qualifications to their name - like James - continue to emerge from JTL apprenticeships. A shocked but proud winner, James Ransom, of Kent Eco Homes enquiry number 138


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