Past Winners

Since winning the awards, our previous winners have gone from strength to strength in their careers and have continued to add value to their employers’ businesses and the industry as a whole.

Read more below on what our past winners have been up to since winning the title of Apprentice of the Year.

  • Since receiving the ECA Edmundson Award in September 2017, I’ve been on two projects: a Grade I listed building in Buxton and Tottenham Hotspur’s new football stadium.
    At Buxton Crescent Spa and Hotel I was an electrical engineer, and for the past three weeks at Tottenham’s new stadium I have been looking after lift and escalator supplies, as well as helping with armoured cable measuring and managing installations on-site. It’s been go, go, go!

    I had an amazing experience on my study tour in France with Legrand – I would recommend it to any apprentice wanting to see how the industry works in a different country. I got a first-hand look at Legrand’s process when launching a new product, from initial design through to testing, production and trialling.

    I have also been lucky enough to appear in several construction magazines and speak at industry events thanks to the ECA Edmundson Award. I recently went to a jobs fair with Imtech, and spoke to a number of young budding apprentices to give them an insight into what is out there for them. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this year will bring, and to keep on promoting apprenticeships as a route into the industry.

  • As ECA Edmundson Apprenticeship Ambassador 2016/17, I have had opportunities to share my passion for the industry, promoting apprenticeships around the UK.  Furthermore, it has been an honour to mentor several apprentices within Chris Bowker Ltd and I have taken great pride in sharing my knowledge with industry professionals of the future. 

    As the 2016 ECA Edmundson Award winner, Schneider Electric invited me in April to visit their research and development centre in Grenoble. This was an unforgettable trip that gave me an insight into some of the software and products that are set to revolutionise the way we manage our energy efficiently.

     I now hope to play my part in ensuring that as many young people as possible know the potential benefits an apprenticeship has to offer, including a clear career path and a well paid job at the end.

  • Since winning the title of Apprentice of the Year I have furthered my educational experience and taken the following City & Guilds courses: 2394 – 2395 (initial verification, certification, periodic inspection & testing of electrical installations) & 2396 (Design, erection and verification).

    I have since been made a contracts manager which consists of electrical design, estimating and tendering for various projects, meeting deadlines and budgets.

    I have also gained the title of ‘Qualifying Supervisor’ through the NICEIC in demonstrating competency and understanding within initial verification, periodic inspection & testing of electrical installations which enables me to verify and sign electrical certificates.

    I am part of a team which looks after numerous operatives within the company and currently project managing a major contract at British Steel as well as all the other little day to day projects.

  • Since being awarded the ECA Edmundson Award I have completed another 4 year apprenticeship studying Sustainable Building Services in the Built Environment. I then continued my studies with a degree in Business Management which I completed in December 2016. I am now employed as an Electrical Project Engineer with NG Bailey.

    Following on from the awards ceremony, which was also attended by the directors of NG Bailey, I was recognised as being someone who is serious about their career and about progression within the industry. This led to working relationships that I hadn’t had before and opened opportunities for me to progress my career. It was a pivotal stage of my career and I am now in a very fortunate position where I am trusted by NGB to manage electrical packages which have a value in excess of £10m.

    I have been involved in a range of projects since the awards – Houses of Parliament (M&E services survey), 5 & 6 St James’s Square (office new build & refurbishment), Heathrow T2A, Lewisham School, Trafalgar Place (flat development in Elephant & Castle), 33 King William Street (office block new build) and Southbank Place Shell Centre Development (basement infrastructure services).

  • Winning Apprentice of the Year definitely helped me to succeed in my career. Shortly after winning, I was made project manager of the company’s high voltage department. I gained experience in this field and then returned to the team I had started with as their project manager.

    In February 2016, I was made District Contracts Manager and I am now responsible for a multi million pound business, 63 members of staff and 15 apprentices. I am essentially where my manager had been when he put me forward for the award!

    I hugely support the work you’re doing and am now thinking about putting some of my own apprentices forward.

All past winners (2016-1976)



Company Name

2016  Harry Bartle

Chris Bowker Ltd


Simon Hitchcox (adult trainee)

Darke & Taylor Ltd


Michael O' Donovan

T Clarke


Gareth Morris (adult trainee)

AYJAY Group Ltd


Callum Taylor

Alan Benfield Ltd


Samuel Williams (adult traine)

Owen & Palmer Ltd


Benjamin Smith

NG Bailey & Co


Jason Hale (adult trainee)

Cwmbran Electrical Services Ltd


Samuel Cox

NG Bailey & Co


Luke Nesbitt (adult trainee)

P&R Hurt


Oliver Devos

SSE Contracting


Lianne Edwards (adult trainee)

SPI npower


Andy Hosier

WT Parker Ltd


Matthew Williams

P&R Hurt


Brendon Houghton

Southern Electric Contracting Ltd


Alexander Macnair

Trilectric Ltd


Ross Summers

Southern Electric Contracting Ltd


Daniel Glew

SEC Building Services Ltd


Ciaran McQuaid

Paul Braham & Sons Ltd


Robert Druce

W&L Installations Ltd


Anthony White

Southern Electric Contracting Ltd


Paul Collings

NG Bailey & Co


Gary Dawson

Electric Contracts


Paul Daultrey

Peter Newson Ltd


Robert Holmes

NG Bailey & Co


Gavin Richardson

ABB Steward Ltd


Gordon Hogge

Chris Bowker Ltd


Richard Fieldman

Wathes (Electrical Installation) Ltd


Christopher Roberts

Lowe & Oliver Ltd


Noel Cox

Crown House Engineering Ltd


Mark Swaddling

Bruce-Butcher Electrical Ltd


Alan Beardsley

SG Dixon & Son 


Michael Outram

FT Gordon & Co Ltd


Jon Groom Norwich Electrical & Mechanical Services Ltd
1988 Martin Rawley 

Matthew Hall Mechanical & Electrical Engineers Ltd

1987 Mark Vintner

Bowling Garrard Electrical & Mechnical Services Ltd

1986 Jayne Pole

Andrews Weatherfoil Ltd 

1985 Robert Corne

Darke & Taylor Ltd

1984 Karl Palmer

Holiday Hall & Co

1983 Anthony Roberts

Balfour Kirkpatrick Ltd

1982 Paul Punchard

Youngs (Electrical Engineers) 

1981 Michael Young

Mitchells (Gloucester Ltd) 

1980 James Fiddy

Horne Bailey Ltd

1979 Victor Sayer

N G Bailey & Co

1978 Martin Beta

Renelec Ltd 

1977 Brian Taylor

G E Willis (Electrical) 

1976 Mervyn Conroy

C E Crookal Ltd