Winners of JTL Apprentice of the Year 2017

30 March 2017     JTL

JTL held its annual awards ceremony at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London’s Savoy Place earlier this month.

The award scheme celebrates the highest achieving young trainees in the building services engineering sector, with candidates nominated from each of JTL’s regions across England and Wales. Finalists are selected following a rigorous regional selection process, on the basis of their outstanding overall performances.

Specialising in electrical and plumbing apprenticeships, JTL has trained 35,000 apprentices to date. This year’s finalists were chosen from a 6,500 strong cohort.

“We have recognised and celebrated some brilliant young talent at our awards ceremony,” said Jon Graham, JTL’s Chief Executive. “It’s been a pleasure and an inspiration getting to know our 12 finalists as part of this process.

“Without exception, they are bright young people who have made a specific choice to follow a building services engineering apprenticeship. They all have their heads screwed on – they’re mature and knowledgeable and they’ve chosen to learn a life-long skill while earning a living and supporting themselves at the same time. For that alone, they must be commended. Each has followed a rigorous four year course (that’s longer than most degrees) and shown the determination to succeed.

“They are all winners to have made it to our final but we have singled out three of our learners for special commendations and we wish them very many congratulations on their truly exceptional performances.”

The award categories and their 2017 winners are:

Best Plumbing Apprentice of the Year – George Steel from Clacton-on Sea, Essex (employed by Home Heating Essex Ltd, Clacton-on-Sea).

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Best Electrical Apprentice of the Year – Antony Glastonbury from Birmingham (employed by Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, Solihull).

Antony Glastonbury

Best Overall Apprentice of the Year – Robert Best, from Broadstone, Dorset (employed by Powerpoint Electrical Contractors in Wimborne). Robert is a graduate of JTL’s electrical apprenticeship scheme.

Robert Best

JTL is one of the UK’s leading training providers for young people in England and Wales, running apprenticeship schemes in partnership with colleges and workplaces.

Apprentices on a JTL scheme split their time between a college or training centre (where they study theory and gain underpinning knowledge) and their employer’s workplace (where they gain on the job experience). A JTL Training Officer works closely alongside each apprentice, their college and employer to provide advice and support. To find out more, go to

Winners of JTL Apprentice of the Year 2017

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