Views towards apprenticeships in the UK are changing. Where once in some sectors they were seen as entry-level courses for low-paying jobs, now they are being recognised for what they really are: a potential gateway to a rewarding, diverse and well-paid career.
Apprenticeships in the electrotechnical industry have long enjoyed a higher status than most, and this remains the case today. At ECA, one of our goals is to raise the profile of electrical apprenticeships yet further and highlight the amazing work apprentices are doing.
For over 40 years, the ECA Edmundson Award has been the premier training award in the electrotechnical industry, and aims to recognise outstanding apprentices working for ECA members. The finalists should not only have good technical skills (having recently passed their AM2 and completed their apprenticeship), but also be role models for others in the industry.
The winner will be involved with ECA campaigns and events throughout the year, and will also receive an array of prizes from Edmundson Electrical including a cheque for £1500, a state of the art toolkit and a unique trip overseas. There are also great prizes for the two other finalists.
Past winners of the ECA Edmundson Award have gone on to a range of careers, including running their own companies here in the UK and taking high profile jobs internationally.
Last year’s winner, Jordan Bancroft of Imtech, went on a study tour to France with manufacturer Legrand. Since winning the award, he has seen his career go from strength to strength in just a matter of months.
“Since receiving the ECA Edmundson Award, I’ve been on two projects: a Grade I listed building in Buxton and Tottenham Hotspur’s new football stadium, both great experiences,” Jordan said. “I recently went to a jobs fair with Imtech, and spoke to a number of budding apprentices to give them an insight into what is out there for them.”
ECA’s current President, Mike Smith, began his own career as an apprentice. “Undertaking an electrical apprenticeship was the best decision I ever made,” he said. “It gave me the opportunity to learn about electrical theory and the practical elements of how to install various cabling methods, containment, switchgear and electronics.”
Entries for the 2019 ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award are open to ECA members only until June 2018. For more information on how to enter, go to www.eca.co.uk/edmundson.