JTL apprentice triumphs at Asian Apprenticeship Awards

07 November 2017

JTL apprentice Deve Shokar has been awarded the Asian Apprentice of the Year 2017 – Construction award at the gala dinner held at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on 2nd November.

Deve is in his fourth year as an electrical apprentice, employed by DMA Mechanical and Air Conditioning in Kent. He was delighted to be shortlisted for the award but had no real expectation of winning the award. So it was an emotional night for him and his mum who attended the event, when his name was announced as the winner of this award: “I’m really pleased to have won this award – it’s a real highlight in my life,” says Deve. “Looking back, joining JTL was the best thing I ever did and I’ve really enjoyed my apprenticeship with DMA and the support I’ve had from my training officer at JTL. I enjoy the work I do and its rewarding to see the end result when a job comes together. I’ve gained some impressive qualifications and achievements over the years. Once you’ve got them under your belt, no one can take them away from you and you’re unlikely to ever be out of work – there’s always work in the trades – I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a worthwhile career.”

“We’re very proud of him for winning this award,” says Yasmin Damree-Ralph, JTL’s Equality and Diversity Manager. “Deve has become one of our Ambassadors at JTL, helping us to attract new young people from the BAME communities to give the idea of taking an apprenticeship more credibility in his own community. He’s been a star for us tonight and we’re confident he has a very bright future ahead of him. He’s grown in confidence and ability over the past few years and seems destined for great things.”

Deve works on a range of challenging commercial projects for his employer and hopes to continue working with DMA once he completes his apprenticeship, during 2017. He’s particularly keen to be able to help mentor other apprentices. Deve is a former pupil at Thomas Aveling, School in Rochester.

JTL is a not-for-profit company delivering apprenticeships in the building services engineering sector. It operates across England and Wales but despite being a national provider, offers local support through a team of over 130 specialist Training Officers, ensuring there is a locally based individual to support all its apprentices and all the employers with which the company works. Around 35,000 young people have completed JTL apprenticeships over the past 26 years or so, and almost one in two of all electricians in England and Wales achieve their qualifications through JTL. JTL currently has more than 6,000 apprentices at various stages of their apprenticeships and works with more than 3,000 employers across the country. 

Deve Shokar

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