JTL Plumbing Apprentice of the Year 2017 - George Steel

28 March 2017     JTL


Newly Qualified Essex Plumber Selected from all of JTL Plumbing Apprentices

George Steel from Clacton-on-Sea has been named JTL’s Plumbing Apprentice of the Year at a ceremony held on Wednesday 15th March at the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London’s Savoy Place.

 JTL - a national not-for-profit training provider specialising in electrical and plumbing apprenticeships – has trained 35,000 apprentices to date. George was selected for the national award from a 6,500-strong cohort of apprentices currently on JTL apprenticeship programmes across England and Wales.

The award scheme celebrates the highest achieving young trainees in the industry, with candidates nominated from each of JTL’s regions across England and Wales on the basis of their outstanding overall performances.

Commenting on his win, George said: “I’m over the moon! It’s just unbelievable to have won my category. Four years ago I was shy and quiet but now I’m completely different – I love meeting people and I’ve got the confidence to go into different people’s homes. It’s thanks to JTL and my apprenticeship that I’ve become the person I am today. I literally don’t think I’d be where I am today without them.” 

Mum, Lisa Steel, added: “George has grown up so much whilst he’s been doing his apprenticeship. It’s given him a direction and he’s now got a great skill set to work with. He’s severely dyslexic and had only previously encountered negativity, even at school. The apprenticeship offered him a solution and he’s worked hard all along, even seeing a tutor to help him get one step ahead with the college work, so he really deserves this success.”

George did some work experience with local company, Home Heating Essex Ltd, while he was still at school. They were so impressed with his work ethic and practical abilities that they offered him a part time job and the opportunity to join them as an apprentice on a JTL training scheme. In the long term, George would like to set up his own business.

Mark Brown, George’s Training Officer at JTL, highlighted George’s commitment and determination to succeed, both at Colchester Institute and in the workplace.

“We have recognised and celebrated some brilliant young talent at our awards ceremony,” finished Jon Graham, JTL’s Chief Executive. “It’s been a pleasure and a real inspiration getting to know George and his peers as part of this process.

“Without exception, our 12 finalists are bright young people with their heads very firmly screwed on. They are mature and knowledgeable and they’ve chosen to learn a life-long skill and earn a living at the same time. Each has followed a rigorous four year course - longer than most degrees. That in itself shows their determination to succeed.

“We wish George the very best of luck with his future career. He’s certainly made a great start!”

JTL is one of the UK’s leading training providers for young people in England and Wales, running apprenticeship schemes in partnership with colleges and workplaces.

Apprentices on a JTL scheme split their time between a college or training centre (where they study theory and gain underpinning knowledge) and their employer’s workplace (where they gain on the job experience). A JTL Training Officer works closely alongside each apprentice, their college and employer to provide advice and support. To find out more, go to

George Steel Plumbing Apprentice of the Year 2017

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