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Alex Turner London & East of England Winner

17 December 2014     JTL

Alex Turner, aged 24 from Cotessey, Norwich, has been named JTL Apprentice of the Year 2014 for London and the East of England. Alex works for mechanical and electrical contractor, R J Stearn Ltd in Milton Keynes.

His win, which saw him beat off stiff competition from four other finalists, was announced at an awards ceremony held at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire on Wednesday 10 December. Alex attended with his wife, Amy Turner, and was also joined by Lead Project Manager, Rob Ludlow, and Jason Grant, Managing Director from R J Stearn Ltd.

Alex will now represent the London and East of England region at a national event held in London in February 2015, when JTL’s seven regional winners from across England and Wales come together to discover who is the overall JTL Apprentice of the Year 2014.

“I was really surprised to hear my name called out - I really had no inkling at all,” says Alex. “It’s very rare for me to win anything so the whole awards evening was amazing.”

Thanks to his hard work and commitment, Alex finished his apprenticeship with R J Stearn Ltd in mid-2014, three months ahead of schedule, having taken his assessments and completed his portfolio earlier than originally anticipated.

“I went to college to take my A Levels after leaving school but I didn’t want to go on to university because of the cost,” adds Alex. “I was keen to study and earn money at the same time and I think the route I took - which has seen me working my way up through the company - has had enormous benefits for me and for R J Stearn too. I’d definitely recommend apprenticeships to other school leavers – it’s an excellent way to learn a skill and, with a JTL Training Officer by your side, there’s plenty of support and guidance both in the classroom and on site.”

Alex started working for R J Stearn Ltd straight after college and spent two years working as an electrical labourer before being offered an apprenticeship. Now based in the office, Alex is currently project managing and enjoying the challenges and variety he encounters each day. He continues to study and has management and electrical inspection courses to attend early in 2015.

The five nominees were put forward for JTL’s regional awards, along with other candidates, by their JTL Training Officers. Each was then selected following a series of interviews and theory tests. JTL currently has nearly 850 apprentices on courses in London and the East of England.

Dr Ian Livsey, JTL Chairman rounded up proceedings, saying: “To get to the regional final is a significant achievement. The success of these five apprentices is well worth celebrating and we wish them the very best in their future careers.”

Alex Turner London & East of England Winner

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