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TRAINING AICO TRAINING UNITS HEAD TO THE HIGHLANDS From left to right, Edmundson Electrical managing director Mark Felber, Apprentice of the Year Jordan Bancroft, ECA president Mike Smith WINNER OF ECA EDMUNDSON AWARD 2017 ANNOUNCED Jordan Bancroft has won the 2017 ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award, earning him recognition as one of the country’s leading electrotechnical and engineering services apprentices. The 23-year old works for Imtech Engineering Services in Nottingham and was trained by JTL. During the judging process, the panel of industry experts said they believed Jordan would make an excellent ambassador for the ECA and the industry over the next 12 months. “It’s an absolute honour for me to be recognised as ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year and to become an industry ambassador,” said Jordan. “The training and practical experience I have received from Imtech and JTL has been fi rst class and it’s a privilege to represent both organisations,” said Jordan of the award.” Jordan overcame fi erce competition from the other fi nalists, and has won prizes that include £1,500 and a study tour to Limoges, France, sponsored by Legrand. The three runners-up, who each won £750 and a state-of-the-art toolkit, are Christopher Musson of David Pearce Electrical Contractors, Charlie Nicholson of NRT Building Services and Ashley Osbourne of Playfords Ltd. Jordan now works for Imtech as a trainee engineer, and has also been studying for a BTEC in Building Services. He was part of the Imtech team working on the Olympic Stadium Transformation Project, which converted the stadium into a multi- use sporting venue, including becoming the home of West Ham United FC. Aico has brought its Mobile Training & Demonstration Units to Scotland for the fi rst time since launching the vehicles earlier this year. Mobile Units were sent out to spend a day at both electrical wholesaler Scott Coppola in Edinburgh as well as Port of Leith Housing Association. The units are designed to enable Aico to deliver smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm product and technology information at a location convenient to customers. The units also offer the company’s CPD-accredited Expert Installer training. Expert Installer is a modular training scheme created by Aico to ensure everyone involved in domestic alarm specifi cation and installation has all the information they need, from standards and regulations, alarm system design and installation to specifi c technologies. The scheme recently received its CPD accreditation, allowing Aico to provide customers with CPD training free of charge. Expert Installer training can be held at customers’ premises, at Aico’s Centre of Excellence or in one of Aico’s new Mobile Training & Demonstration Units. “The CPD training for contractors was the big draw. It’s diffi cult to get people to give up their time, but the training is something the industry needs,” said Darren Coppola, manager at Scott Coppola, of the training being offered to the wholesaler’s staff. A range of staff at the Port of Leith Housing Association also benefi tted from the training units. Attendees included both internal staff, who were given an introductory course on Aico products, as well as contractors and support staff such as facilities managers, assisted living managers and general maintenance personnel. Heads of department, gas teams and other interested parties were also invited to attend. Scott Coppola staff received training from the AICO training units Lasnek. Because Quality Matters Stainless Steel Cable Management Systems • The stainless steel containment specialist • Choice of containment types & finishes • Bespoke manufacturing service • Large stock availability www.lasnek.com • sales@lasnek.com Lasnek Ltd, 1 President Way, Luton, Bedfordshire LU2 9NR Tel: +44 (0) 1582 425 777 ELECTRICAL CONTACTING NEWS - FEB 2017 - 224 X 159.indd 1 16/02/2017 14:45