National apprentice award winners

JTL, the national training provider for electrical, plumbing and heating apprenticeships, has named Chester-based Harrie Nixon-Jones as the national winner of its Mechanical Engineering Services (MES) award at this year’s National Apprentice of the Year awards, which took place at The Victory Services Club in London.

Harrie (right of picture) says: “I am completely overwhelmed and delighted to receive such a prestigious award. I have worked hard throughout the whole of my apprenticeship and have really committed myself to becoming the best engineer that I can be, so to have my work recognised like this feels wonderful.”

The purpose of awards is to recognise its highest achieving apprentices in the building services engineering sector and to celebrate their success. Candidates – who are all recently qualified – are nominated based on their outstanding performances throughout the four years of their training.

Nathan Price from Blackpool (centre), who recently completed a successful apprenticeship at local firm JET Electrical, was named the overall winner of the JTL National Apprentice of the Year Award for 2021, while Southampton’s Oliver Parry (left) were named the national winner for Electrical Engineering Maintenance.

As the recipient of JTL’s National Apprentice of the Year Award 2021, Nathan was awarded an engraved glass trophy and £1000 cheque from JTL. Harrie, meanwhile, received a voucher from UK Plumbing Supplies Limited, while Edmundson Electrical donated a Megger multi-function tester for Oliver.

Jon Graham, chief executive at JTL, comments: “Our awards are a great opportunity to recognise the excellence of our top apprentices and it’s been a pleasure getting to know Nathan, Harrie and Oliver, as well as the other finalists as part of this process. It was wonderful, too, being able to gather for the first time in over two years to host our annual awards ceremony. Each of our apprentices, employers and JTL staff members have faced unprecedented challenges, both personal and professional, under the pandemic, and so it feels extra special to be able to get together as a group to celebrate the hard work and achievements of each of our finalists.”

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