JTL apprentices success in World Skills national qualifiers

31 May 2018

JTL is celebrating the successes of three of its apprentices in the World Skills UK Competition. The three, all electrical apprentices, took part in qualifier competitions in Birmingham and Chichester recently.

The WorldSkills Competition is a flagship event, held every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry. The Competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skill competitions in WorldSkills Member countries and regions. They are all under the age of 23 years. They demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and perform in their workplace.

The three JTL apprentices that took part this year were Ellis Morris, Rhiann Hartwell and Ben Elliot.

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Ellis Morris was winner of the National Qualifier for the World Skills UK Electrical competition at South & City College Birmingham on 17th May. He’s from Acocks Green in Birmingham and works for O R Building Services Ltd, in Knowle, Solihull.  

His JTL Training Officer is Ray Smith who was hugely impressed by Ellis’s achievement: “He’s studying Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification (Installation) and in his 2nd year of his apprenticeship. He’s clearly been a star for us and has worked extremely hard to get to this level. We’re all very proud of him and delighted that he has won the regional qualifier and is now in with a chance of being in the top eight nationally that would take him into the national finals with a chance of making it the WorldSkills Final. He’s done phenomenally well to get to this stage, but he’s determined to move on, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed!”

Rhiann Hartwell is from Wigston in Leicester. She works for Mealey Electrical Contractors Ltd in Leicester and she’s studying for a Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification (Installation). Like Ellis, she’s also in her second year. She won 3rd place in the National Qualifier for the World Skills UK Electrical competition at South & City College Birmingham on 17th May giving JTL apprentices a first and third place in the qualifier.

Rhiann’s JTL Training Officer is Andrew Botham: “Rhiann has achieved an excellent third position against stiff competition. It’s really rewarding to see one of our young women apprentices proving that there is a real place for young women in the electrical installation industry. As a company, JTL is trying to attract more young women into apprenticeships and many of those who have joined us have done really well in their chosen profession. We hope that Rhiann’s success will open the doors to more young women realising that the electrical sector offers them a really excellent career path.”

Ben Elliot is from Farringdon in Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire. He won 2nd place at the National Qualifier for the World Skills UK Electrical competition at Chichester College on 11th May. 

Ben is a stage 4 apprentice and works for CDC ELECTRICAL based in Didcot, south of Oxford. He has a track record of success in these competitions, having already competed in last year's NICEIC competition, coming 7th nationally. Ben is due to complete his AM2 next month at JTL’s Oxford Training Centre at Culham, when he will also complete his college training.

His JTL Training Officer is John Western: “Ben has shown his ability to compete in this kind of environment with his success in the NICEIC competition last year. It’s a mark of his level of achievement that he was disappointed to only come second in this competition. He is a highly competent apprentice and he has a very impressive career ahead of him.”

WorldSkills UK competitions have been creating excitement and passion for learning in young people for 65 years. Designed by industry experts, the competitions equip apprentices and students with the world-class skills needed to help UK businesses better compete globally. National Qualifiers are held in colleges, workplaces and at trade events across the UK, with the highest scoring competitors for each skill being invited to take part in the National Finals.

At the National Finals, over 500 of the best competitors from across the UK compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals, each of them hoping to be named the UK champion in their chosen skill. 

JTL’s Chief Executive is Jon Graham: “We’re extremely proud of the achievements of these three young people, who have excelled in their skills learning and in the application of those skills, to get to where they are.  Competitions like this enable apprentices and students to develop world-class skills and it’s vital that we in the UK aspire to be the best in the world at whatever we do. The competitions like this accelerate a person’s career by providing a mechanism to develop the high level employability skills that employers are crying out for. 

“We congratulate all three of them for the excellent results they have achieved. These are seriously exciting times for young people with this level of skills.”


Ellis Morris winner of the National Qualifier for the World Skills UK Electrical competition

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