Electrical apprentice James is a bright spark

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An electrical apprentice has been honoured in the nationally recognised 2012 ECA Edmundson Awards, for his consistent high standard of academic and technical work.

James Rayner, representing SJD Associates Ltd, scooped the regional ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award, surpassing his highly skilled peers across the region.

Gordon Love, managing director for Edmundson Electrical said: “The standard of competition this year was exceptional. James should be incredibly proud of this achievement and we wish him every success in his future career.”

James describes how overwhelmed he has been, with the support he has received throughout his apprenticeship.

He said: “Working for SJD Associates has been a dream come true, so to be recognised has allowed me to repay them in some way for their unparalleled support.

“There aren’t many competitions like this, both within the electrical field and other sectors. To be recognised by Edmundson Electrical and the ECA is an honour.”

Ruth Devine, Director at SJD Associates is thrilled that James’ dedication has been acknowledged and feels this is testament to their training programme.

She said: “Advanced apprenticeships remain the best way to develop skills in the electrical sector. We provide full support and resources to our apprentices to deliver excellent service, problem solving and workmanship for our customers. We are delighted James’ abilities and hard work has been recognised.’

Steve Bratt, CEO of the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) echoed Gordon and Ruth’s congratulations, and applauded SJD for their demonstrable commitment to the highest quality apprentice training.

He said: “We are proud to work with Edmundson Electrical to recognise top talent like James and the company who trained him.”

Despite narrowly missing out on the title of ‘National Apprentice of the year’; James was treated to £500 and a contractor’s tool kit and is keen to encourage more young people into the field.

He said: “I’d recommend anyone to get involved in an apprenticeship. It’s the best way to train, and awards like this make it worthwhile.”