JTL has named Blackpool-based Elliot Lake as its Electrical Apprentice of the Year in the North West region.
Following a successful apprenticeship with local firm, Future Technology Services Ltd, Elliot’s victory was announced at a celebratory event at Samlesbury Hall, Preston, on Tuesday 18 February, where he was presented with a £100 cheque and glass trophy. Elliot, who was recognised by his training officer for his progress both academically and practically, has now been shortlisted to represent the North West against seven other regional electrical winners at JTL’s National Awards, which will take place in London on the 2 June.
JTL electrical training officer, Michael Morrow, said: "From the outset, I was impressed by the levels of knowledge and dedication Elliot was displaying at such an early stage. Not only has he produced some excellent portfolios of work, but he always takes the time to help other apprentices and is keen to take on responsibilities which will make him an integral part of his company’s workforce.
"Elliot was often tasked with projects which involved managing a small team, as well as the responsibility of planning, procuring and completing an entire installation, which speaks volumes for his levels of responsibility and capability. Feedback from his employer highlights his ability to be versatile within his role, he is even capable of carrying out full inspections confidently which has reduced their company overheads. I believe Elliott is a standout example of a first-class apprentice who can go onto achieve anything he sets out to do.’’
Elliott, who currently holds an NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment, amongst other qualifications, added, "I am so thrilled to win this award and it really is such an exciting achievement. I couldn’t be more grateful for the support I’ve received from my JTL trainers but I’m also very appreciative for the responsibilities entrusted to me by my employer. Them allowing me to use my own initiative and manage my own projects has developed my confidence in the job massively, and I’m looking forward to progressing further with them in the future.’’
The award scheme – which is now in its fifth year – sees each finalist assessed against four key elements which make up the apprenticeship framework – their practical work on-site, theoretical knowledge, key skills and industrial test scores.