Luke Batchelar Southern Apprentice of the Year

26 November 2014     JTL

Luke Batchelar, aged 22 from Paulton and Westfield near Bath, has been named JTL Apprentice of the Year 2014 for the Southern region. His win was announced at an awards ceremony held at Tylney Hall in Hampshire on Friday 21 November.

Having started his apprenticeship with a sole trader, Luke transferred in his second year to PRW Group Ltd, a large domestic, commercial and industrial electrical contractor, specialising in fire and security installations and their maintenance. He finished his apprenticeship in August and is now a fully qualified electrician, taking on a broad range of projects, including the installation of intruder, CCTV and fire detection alarm systems.

“It feels unbelievable to have won", said Luke. "I certainly wasn’t expecting it.

“When I started out four years ago, I never expected to achieve quite so much. The high spots have been successfully passing all my exams and, of course, having my endeavours recognised with this award. I’d recommend an apprenticeship to anyone: work hard and you definitely get back what you put in.

“Massive thanks go to both of my JTL training officers - initially Jim Egging and latterly Nick Palmer - who both gave me invaluable guidance and support throughout my training; as well as to the team at City of Bristol College, who delivered a really high quality education.”

Managing Director at PRW, Paul Wadsworth, adds: “Luke may not have been confident but we thought he was in with a good chance of winning! He’s made his own luck – his attitude and commitment can’t be faulted. He loves what he does and he has put a lot of time and effort in outside of work. We’ve always had very positive feedback about Luke and we’re incredibly proud of his achievements.”

The five nominees were put forward, along with other candidates, by their JTL Training Officers. Each was then selected following a series of interviews and theory tests.

Director of Operations for JTL, Caroline Turner, rounded up proceedings, saying: “To get to the regional final is a significant achievement. The success of these five apprentices is well worth celebrating and we wish them the very best in their future careers.”

Former test cricketer and batting coach for the England team - as well as ex-engineering apprentice - Graham Gooch OBE, attended the awards ceremony. His after-dinner speech highlighted the four key elements to sporting and career success – attitude, technical ability, knowledge and concentration.

Check out the JTL Facebook page to view all the photos from the event! 

Luke Batchelar collecting his award for Southern Best Apprentice of the Year

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