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Michael O'Donovan Wales Award Winner

13 November 2014     JTL

Michael O’Donovan, aged 21 and from Henllys, Cwmbran, has been named JTL’s Apprentice of the Year 2014 for Wales. His win, which saw him beat off stiff competition from five other candidates, was announced at an award ceremony held at Celtic Manor Resort on Thursday 6 November.

Michael will now represent Wales 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.

Michael, who attended the awards with his family, was also joined by his boss, Ellis John, Managing Director at  T Clarke, and his JTL Training Officer, Matthew Bailey.

“I feel honoured to have been chosen as the Welsh Apprentice of the Year, but I wouldn’t be in this position without the support of my training officer, my employer, my college tutors and my family,” says Michael. “I’ve always been practically minded and, having enjoyed work experience with T Clarke whilst I was still at school, I knew I wanted to become an electrician. I got an apprenticeship with a local company but soon realised that the experience I needed wasn’t on offer, so I contacted T Clarke and with some help from Matthew at JTL and my college tutors I was able to transfer my employment. I haven’t looked back since – I’ve completed my apprenticeship within three years and I thoroughly enjoy what I do.”

Ellis John, Managing Director at T Clarke adds: “We knew Michael stood a good chance of winning JTL’s award as he’s a very capable young man – that said, all the other candidates looked and sounded very impressive too! Michael has stood out from the crowd from the beginning though. He’s always been keen to learn and he’s really pushed himself to achieve more than the average apprentice. We have recently offered him a position as a Junior Engineer in our Bristol office and he’s now supporting a new apprentice, so his learning curve isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon! We wish him very many congratulations and hope he’ll enjoy a long and successful career with us.”

The six 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.

Phil Bennett, former Welsh international rugby union fly half, made a speech at the dinner and helped present the awards.

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

Michael O’Donovan has been named JTL’s Apprentice of the Year 2014 for Wales.

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