Electrical Contracting News (ECN) October 2016 - Page 23

TRAINING ECA APPRENTICES ATTEND PARLIAMENTARY SESSION LOOKING INTO APPRENTICESHIPS Three ECA representatives have given verbal evidence to a UK parliamentary inquiry looking into apprenticeships, held jointly by the House of Commons Business and Education Committees. Apprentices Niall Watson of Derry Building Services and Charlotte Burton of NG Bailey participated in the session, alongside Frank Clayton, the head of group learning and development at NG Bailey. Both Niall and Charlotte proved to be great ambassadors for the industry and took part in a lively debate with the MPs, describing how they got into their careers, including the limited role of their schools in this process. Their own experiences of undertaking apprenticeships were also discussed during the session. ECA director of skills and employment Alex Meikle commented, ‘The ECA would like to thank the three attendees for their participation in this important inquiry which seeks to understand why there is a growing skills gap in engineering. ‘We hope this inquiry will help inform the government as to how to ensure young people are given the right careers advice, and are offered the necessary training to get ahead in the industry.’ The session, which was attended by a number of MPs, was chaired jointly by Hartlepool MP Iain Wright and Stroud MP Neil Carmichael. 23-24 Training.indd 23 TOP APPRENTICES SELECTED AS ECA EDMUNDSON AWARDS FINALISTS Four leading apprentices from electrical and building services firms have reached the national final of the ECA Edmundson Electrical Awards 2016, following a rigorous regional judging process. The final four contenders seeking to become ‘Apprentice of the Year’ are as follows: Henry Bartle – Chris Bowker Ltd – North Luke Towers – Eaton Electrical Ltd – East Midlands and South East Joshua Lee – P & R Hurt Electrical & Mechanical Services – South and West Thomas Murray – Blackbourne Integrated M&E – Wales and Northern Ireland Henry Bartle Luke Towers Edmundson managing director Gordon Love Joshua Lee Thomas Murray commented, ‘We are delighted to have sponsored these awards for the best electrical apprentices and adult trainees in the country for over 40 years. Edmundson has a long established policy of developing young people through an apprenticeship scheme and in the last six years have also developed a graduate scheme recruiting and training graduates for sales and management roles. The electrical industry continues to provide great opportunities for young people to develop a rewarding and enjoyable career.’ All four national finalists will be awarded £500 and will receive a state-of-the-art toolkit. The national winner will be announced during an awards ceremony held on 21st September in London. 12/09/2016 16:03