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"Exceptional JTL apprentice" remembered at go-karting event

23 March 2016     JTL

JTL apprentice and female Ambassador Phoebe Stockford was remembered at a charity go-karting event organised by JTL and the ECA last week.

Phoebe, a passionate racing enthusiast, passed away following a tragic accident at Pembrey Race Track in South Wales last year. As part of JTL's National Apprenticeship Week activities for 2016, an endurance go-karting race was organised in her honour, taking place last Tuesday (15 March 2016) at Buckmore Park Circuit in Kent.

Prior to her passing, Phoebe was a model JTL apprentice and female Ambassador. Working for Darke & Taylor in Oxford as the company's first ever female apprentice, Phoebe was a lively and outgoing individual who worked to promote the electrical industry to other young women, and encourage them to take up a career that, historically, has been largely male-dominated.

Speaking at the event, JTL Chief Executive Jon Graham praised Phoebe, and also welcomed her parents, Alison and Paul, who were present. 

"We wanted to recognise and commemorate an exceptional JTL apprentice who is sadly no longer with us", he explained. 

"Phoebe was born into a family of electricians and had a deep love for racing and bikes in particular, and we know she hoped one day to bring her passion for riding and her skill as an electrician together in her career.

"We were thrilled when Phoebe became JTL’s female ambassador for the Oxfordshire area, promoting careers across the building engineering services sector to young women, helping them to overcome some of the barriers that Phoebe herself faced. Phoebe was very popular with her fellow Ambassadors across England and Wales too and it’s lovely to see a team of them here today, coming together to race in her honour.

"We were so pleased that Alison and Paul, Phoebe’s parents, not only supported the idea of the Phoebe Stockford Cup, but that they were prepared to travel down from Oxfordshire today to present it to our inaugural winning team.

"We intend this to be an annual event taking place across the South of England and perhaps we may even hold it in Oxfordshire next year in proximity to our new training centre at the Culham Science Park."

Competition was fierce at the event, with 18 teams taking part, all made up of apprentices, employers, JTL staff, Ambassadors and other individuals in the industry. The eventual winners were the Lewisham and NE team, in what was a competitive and hugely enjoyed race.

Check out all of the photos from the Phoebe Stockford Cup for 2016 on the JTL Facebook page here.

The 18 teams line up on the grid for the start of the race

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