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Jonathan Evans named JTL Trainee of the Year

05 March 2015     JTL

Jonathan Evans, a 20-year-old plumber from Birmingham, has been named ‘Trainee of the Year 2014/15’ at JTL’s National Awards ceremony, held at Drapers’ Hall in London last week.

JTL’s traineeships raise the employability of young school leavers, equipping them with skills relevant to the workplace and providing a bridge between school and work. The 12 week programme combines work preparation and technical training with four weeks on-the-job experience. 

Jonathan decided to apply for a traineeship after helping his uncle - JTL Plumbing Tutor Alan Evans - out at weekends and in school holidays. Having passed JTL’s aptitude test and qualified for a place on the traineeship scheme, Jonathan began his course, spending eight weeks in college and four on work experience with Interserve Engineering Services; a leading support service and construction company.

He was nominated by his JTL training officer for the ‘Trainee of the Year’ award, thanks to his exceptional classroom work, outstanding practical abilities and excellent employer feedback.

After being presented with the title, Jonathan said: “I’m overjoyed to have won this award! I was very surprised but it’s great that my hard graft has been noticed. My family are really proud of me and my friends have even offered to buy me a drink or two! 

“Most of all though, I’m pleased to have done it for Jim, my boss at Interserve Engineering Services, and the rest of the team there – they’ve treated me really well from the beginning.

“I want to represent them well and this is proof that I’m heading in the right direction. The award has given me a taste of success and inspired me to dig my heels in and strive for more of the same.”

Having enjoyed such a high level of achievement on his traineeship, Jonathan is now on a JTL apprenticeship and is enjoying extending his knowledge and skill base.

“I’m so happy to have such a focus when I wake up”, he added. “I look forward to the day’s work, to facing challenges and to earning more responsibility. The style of learning suits me perfectly – my maths skills have improved hugely because I’m learning in my own time and I can see the application of what I’m studying.

“Plus I’m in an environment where I’m surrounding by others who share similar goals … and banter too!”

JTL’s Business Manager for the Midlands, Mark Page, said: “Jonathan had a tough time post-school deciding on his route to work but he’s really made the most of the opportunities that have come his way through the traineeship. He proved his ability to approach theory and practical work with energy and intelligence and he made excellent progress.

“We wish him the very best of luck as he progresses through the next stage of his training - his JTL apprenticeship.”

Jonathan’s employer, Jim Jackson – National Labour Manager at Interserve Engineering Services - was also delighted to see his member of staff’s achievements being celebrated.

“Developing young people’s prospects is at the heart of what we do”, he said. “This achievement recognises the fantastic efforts of our people, especially Jonathan who has demonstrated real focus and enthusiasm for defining his learning pathway. We’re thrilled to have Jonathan as part of the team; he’s made a great impression and we look forward to supporting him develop the skills needed to achieve his long-term career aims.

“People remain our most valuable asset. As part of our vision to redefine the future for people and places, we continue to invest in the developing the skills of our employees, with a particular focus on inspiring tomorrow’s engineers. During the last five years, Interserve Engineering Services has significantly increased its intake of apprenticeships and graduate recruits, established its first Academies Trust and in the last twelve months has supported 26 technical and skilled operative apprenticeships and four trainee placements.”

Check out all the photos from the JTL National Awards 2014/15 here.

JTL Trainee of the year 2014/15, Jonathan Evans, with JTL Chairman, Dr Ian Livsey

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