JTL has named Suffolk-based Thomas Chapman as its Electrical Apprentice of the Year for the East of England region.
Following a successful apprenticeship with Woolpit-based, Lark Technology Group Ltd, Thomas’s victory was announced at Hotel Felix in Cambridge, on Thursday 27 February, where he was presented with a £100 cheque and glass trophy. Thomas, who was recognised by his training officer for his progress both academically and practically, has now been shortlisted to represent the East of England against seven other regional plumbing and heating winners at JTL’s National Awards, which will take place in London on 2 June.
JTL electrical training officer, Paul Sharpe, said, "Thomas has really excelled during his apprenticeship, always showing outstanding levels of commitment and knowledge, which allowed him to complete his portfolio six months prior to its deadline. As a student who always seemed to have an excellent level of understanding in his chosen career, he would always endeavour to help his colleagues and showed extremely good planning and leadership abilities, which makes me sure he will manage his own team in the near future.
"This quality was also recognised by his employer, who allowed Thomas to really take charge over his own work, which included a £160K project, largely because of his excellent technical knowledge regarding systems and reasons for project selection. It has been a pleasure to witness Thomas grow in confidence and ability throughout his course.’’
Thomas, who currently holds an EAL Level 3 NVQ Diploma in installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment, added, "Winning the award was a real surprise and a fantastic way to end my apprenticeship. I have been really lucky to have had my JTL tutor to guide me through these past few years, helping me to complete my portfolio early and to a standard I was really pleased with. I am also really grateful to my employer for the support they have shown me, and responsibilities and freedom I have been given – I look forward to progressing with them in the future."
The award scheme – which is now in its fifth year – sees each candidate assessed against four key elements which make up the apprenticeship framework; their practical work on-site, theoretical knowledge, key skills and industrial test scores.