ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award

Does your business* employ a trainee or apprentice who deserves to be recognised?

For over 40 years, the ECA Edmundson Electrical Award has showcased the best talent in the industry. 


The Edmundson Awards are closed for entry.


Established in 1975, the ECA Edmundson Award is the premier training award in the electrotechnical industry. The award aims to recognise outstanding apprentices who not only have good technical skills, but are role models for others in the industry. The award is sponsored by Edmundson Electrical  with the administration and promotion from ECA.


Why enter your apprentice?

The award presents a great opportunity to increase the profile of your business within the industry and gain more contracts.  Additionally, when your apprentices are recognised as the best in the industry, your business becomes attractive as an employer. 

An Industry Ambassador

The winner will act as an ambassador for the industry, encouraging others to consider an electrical apprenticeship or perhaps a change of career.  The ambassador will be involved with ECA campaigns and events throughout the year.  They 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.

Success Stories

Past winners of the ECA Edmundson Awards have gone on to run their own companies here in the UK and take high profile, international jobs.

2019's winner Dillon Jones of Derry Building Services: 

“It’s a real honour to be recognised as the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year 2019. I’m looking forward to becoming an ambassador for other apprentices and helping to spread the word that apprenticeships do lead to a rewarding, varied, well-paid career, and really are a viable alternative to going to university.”

2018's winner Jack Teasdale of Opus Building Services:

"It's very humbling and a privilege to be recognised as ECA Edmundson Apprentice of Year, and to be an ambassador for other apprentices. One of my mentors was himself the winner of this award in 1997, so it's an honour to following his footsteps."

2016's winner Harry Bartle of Chris Bowker Ltd, took part in a study tour sponsored by leading manufacturer Schneider visiting their facility in the French Alps. Harry Bartle said about the award:

“Winning the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award has been my greatest achievement. To be recognised and awarded for the success I have had during my apprenticeship is the highest accolade any electrical apprentice could hope to achieve. I have surpassed the expectations I had for my apprenticeship and this has given me great confidence in progressing with my career.”

2015's Apprentice of the Year, Mike O’Donovan of TClarke is now working as an electrical engineer, and has started managing projects, including most recently at a local school in Wales. Ambitious Mike is now studying for an HNC in Building Services to further enhance his career.

Samuel Williams, then of Owen & Palmer, was the winner back in 2013 and within a year had moved to multi-national giant Siemens. Now 26, he travels the world but hopes to return back to Owen & Palmer at some stage – with the firm remarking that this may happen once he has had enough of the high life.

Ciaran McQuaid, the 2004 winner, has risen to the ranks of senior management within his firm Paul Braham & Sons, having become contracts manager soon after winning the award.

If candidates ‘put the effort in, the rewards are big’, says Jeff Wilson, winner in 1981. Jeff also said that the recognition features on his CV and that it ‘assisted’ his progress within the construction industry.

Gavin Richardson, who won the award in 1997, says the award was ‘a springboard’ for his career, and played a major part in him starting his own business, Opus Building Services.

Oliver Devos, the 2011 apprentice winner, said that he had ‘developed as a person’ by entering the awards, while the ‘sense of achievement afterwards was phenomenal’.

  • ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Awards 2019 - Winner

    Dillon Jones of Derry Building Services

  • ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Awards 2018 - Winner

    Jack Teasdale, of Opus Building Services Ltd