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Entries are now open for this year’s ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award, which aims to showcase the very best talent across ECA’s member businesses.
Now in its 43rd year, the award covers the electrotechnical and engineering services industry. The three finalists will not only have good technical skills but will also be role models for others. The winner will be recognised as an industry ambassador and be involved with ECA campaigns and events during the year. They will also receive prizes including a £1,500 cash, a toolkit and a study trip overseas hosted by a major electrical industry manufacturing company. Two runners-up get a £750 cash prize, a toolkit and a certificate of commendation.
Andrew Eldred, Director of Employment and Skills at ECA, said: “The electrotechnical apprenticeship remains the most popular and most demanding craft-level apprenticeship in the UK. At a time of ever-increasing demand for electrotechnical skills, it is appropriate that we raise the profile of our apprentices, the amazing work they are doing, and the exciting career options available to them as they complete.”
Edmundson Electrical Managing Director Mark Felber added: “We are delighted to once again sponsor the ECA Edmundson Electrical Apprentice of the Year Award. Edmundson has a long-established policy of developing young people within our sector through both our apprenticeship and graduate schemes. The industry continues to lead the way in offering great opportunities for young people to develop a rewarding and enjoyable career.”
Past winners of the ECA Edmundson Award have gone on to a range of careers, including running their own companies in the UK and taking jobs internationally. The award has also boosted the profile of ECA member companies that enter their apprentices, by highlighting their support for industry talent.
The 2018 ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year was Jack Teasdale, of Opus Building Services. He said: “It’s been very humbling and a privilege to be recognised as ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year, and to be an ambassador for other apprentices. One of my mentors was himself the winner of this award in 1997, so it’s been an honour to follow in his footsteps.”
Eligible applicants will have completed their AM2 between April 2018 and March 31, 2019. The entry deadline is Friday, June 21. For more details and about how to enter, visit www.eca.co.uk/edmundson.