Paul Joyce receives ILM award

03 March 2015     JTL

Project manager Paul Joyce, from Glasgow, has been named JTL’s ‘Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Best Learner’ for 2014/15 at the training provider’s annual awards ceremony. Paul works for facilities management and specialist support services provider, EMCOR UK, in East Kilbride.

JTL – Britain’s largest and most successful training provider for the electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation trades - holds an annual awards ceremony to recognise the hard work and achievements of the best of the best in the building engineering services sector. This year’s event took place on Wednesday 25 February, at Drapers’ Hall in London.

The Level 3 Institute of Leadership and Management qualification offered by JTL is designed for those who have management responsibilities but no formal training. It equips participants with a management toolkit, helping them to manage and measure their teams more effectively.

Learning is carried out on a flexible basis so that studies fit around full-time employment, with practical training combined with classroom and assessment sessions.

“The ILM course took me just over a year to complete,” says Paul. “The work load is high and I spent around 4-5 hours a week studying on average, so it’s not a course for the faint hearted!

“You need to throw yourself into it and be prepared to commit your free time but it’s definitely worthwhile - it’s proved to be really useful on a day-to-day basis, not only because it’s reassured me that I’m doing things correctly, but also because it’s given me plenty of new ideas and approaches, particularly when it comes to people management. 

“The highlight for me was a three day course at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, where we were taught to develop our people-management skills through outdoor-based team leading and problem solving activities.

“I also really appreciated the help that my JTL training officer, Helen Connor, gave me. It was incredibly helpful knowing there was always support at the end of a phone, even in the evenings and at weekends. The guidance I received from JTL was second to none.

“Everyone likes a pat on the back and although I was really surprised to win JTL’s award. It was the icing on the cake for me. I’ve been with EMCOR UK for three years and I hope it will help my development within the company.

“I’ve got all the practical experience of the electrical trade and now I have a strong management qualification to back up my role.”

Paul entered the industry via an electrical apprenticeship and was inspired by his father, who is also an electrician. He quickly became a supervisor, gradually working his way to a project management role.

Dr Ian Livsey, JTL Chairman, adds: “Our congratulations go to Paul, who proved his willingness to commit to his studies from day one. It’s no easy thing, taking on a course of this intensity while still working full time, but Paul is a committed and motivated individual, who has done EMCOR UK proud. We wish him the very best of luck with his future career.” 

JTL is a not-for-profit training provider, delivering a wide range of courses in partnership with colleges and workplaces across the UK. It reinvests its resources for the benefit of the industry’s apprentices and employers. Roughly 33,000 young people have completed apprenticeships with JTL and almost one in two of all electricians in England and Wales now achieve their qualifications through JTL. 

EMCOR UK provides facilities management and specialist support services to a diverse range of private and public sector organisations. For further information, go to

Paul Joyce, Institute of Learning and Management Best Learner award winner 2014/15

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