Plumbing Apprentice of the Year named

27 February 2015     JTL

James Ransom, of Dartford-based Kent Eco Homes, was named JTL’s Plumbing Apprentice of the Year at the training provider’s annual National Awards ceremony in London earlier this week.

23-year-old James was one of a number of individuals and organisations recognised for their hard work and achievements in the building engineering services sector over the last 12 months. The event took place on Wednesday 25th February, at Drapers’ Hall on Throgmorton Street in the City of London.

James picked up the award after excelling at every stage of his apprenticeship, proving himself to be a more than competent student from day one. He achieved all the landmarks of his course in good time and, as a result, completed his apprenticeship ahead of schedule.

His JTL training officer, Mark Brown, said: “James’ knowledge of his craft was beyond any I have seen over the last 10 years. Not only that, he’s also a really likeable young person who, without a doubt, will be a very successful heating and plumbing engineer.

“It was a real pleasure to watch him progress through his apprenticeship.”

James, from Bexleyheath, was understandably delighted with the accolade.

“I was so shocked to get the news that I’d won”, he said. “I genuinely wasn’t expecting it and I’m not sure my family was either. I thought they were messing around at first but I’m really proud and it’s great to have my hard work rewarded in this way. 

“I learnt so much on my apprenticeship. I’d expected to master the practical skills but I hadn’t anticipated learning so much in other areas too.

“I’ve learnt how to deal with all different types of people – a skill that’s equally useful out of work as during the working day. It’s been a great experience and one that I’d repeat in a heartbeat.”

Having completed his apprenticeship in August 2014, James now works across a wide range of plumbing and heating projects, mainly in London and the South East.

James’ boss at Kent Eco Homes, Mark Tighe, added: “James is a hardworking and capable engineer, whom we initially selected because of the positive attitude he showed – an approach that has stayed with him throughout his apprenticeship.

“He’s eager to learn, takes direction well and uses his initiative when required. He is also very adaptable, proving his ability to work across a variety of projects. Winning JTL’s award is a fantastic achievement and everyone here at Kent Eco Homes wishes James continued success in his career.”

JTL Plumbing Apprentice of the Year, James Ransom

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