Martin McNiven Yorkshire and North East Winner

10 November 2014     JTL

Martin McNiven, aged 20 and from Bramley near Leeds, was last week (Tuesday 4th November) named JTL Apprentice of the Year 2014 in the Yorkshire and North East region. His win, which saw him beat off stiff competition from seven other candidates, was announced at an awards ceremony held at the National Railway Museum in York.

Martin will now represent Yorkshire and the North East at a national event held in London in February 2015, when JTL’s seven regional winners from across England and Wales will come together to discover who is the overall JTL Apprentice of the Year 2014.

“I wasn’t expecting that at all: it came as a real shock,” says Martin, who attended the awards with his JTL Training Officer, Peter Warren, his mum and brother, and Chris Wilkinson and Jamie Firn from his employer, Pennine Environmental Services.

“I feel really honoured to have won the JTL award and it’s a great feeling to have my hard work recognised like this,” he continues. “I’m mainly based in the office now, working as an Electrical Project Engineer. I’ve got the best of both worlds as I still go out on site fault-finding and testing. I knew I wanted to be involved with electrical design from the beginning but I also knew I needed to learn the trade from the bottom up. I’d set my sights on achieving an office role by the age of 26 so I’m really pleased to have done it ahead of schedule. It’s thanks to a lot of graft but also down to a great deal of support from Peter at JTL, my employers and my family. Big thanks to them all!”

Martin, who is currently studying part-time for a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Teesside University, would ultimately like to qualify as a Chartered Engineer. Any spare time he has is spent on the rugby pitch, where he has also had great success representing Scotland in rugby league matches.

Chris Wilkinson, Pennine Environmental Services Director, adds: “Martin is a very level-headed young man, who knows where he wants to end up. I’m in no doubt that he has the enthusiasm and drive to succeed and we will give him every opportunity we can to achieve those goals. He’s a great asset to the company.”

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

Dr Ian Livsey, JTL Chairman rounded up proceedings, saying: “To get to the regional final is a great achievement - we currently have around 1,000 apprentices on courses in the Yorkshire and North East region, so to be chosen as one of the eight best is no small thing. Their success is well worth celebrating and we wish them the very best in their future careers.”

Please visit the JTL Facebook page to view all the photos from last Tuesday's event! 

Martin McNiven Named JTL's Regional Apprentice of the Year 2014 in Yorkshire and the North East.

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