Zak Gates scoops prestigious Apprentice of the Year award

06 March 2015     JTL

Zak Gates, of I C Electrical, was awarded the prestigious title of JTL Apprentice of the Year 2014/15 at the training provider’s National Awards ceremony, held at Drapers’ Hall in London last week.

Zak, 22, from Burton-on-Trent, completed his apprenticeship with the Staffordshire-based electrical engineering and contracting company, and had already been awarded the title of West Midlands Apprentice of the Year towards the end of 2014.

He beat off competition from six other regional winners from across England and Wales to pick up the award, at the event taking place last week in the centre of the City of London.

Having proved himself to be an excellent apprentice, Zak passed all his City and Guilds electrical exams with distinction at Loughborough College and is currently working towards a Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering sponsored by his employer. He has gained experience managing large industrial projects within the bio-energy and process industries.

Hearing of his win, Zak - now a young project engineer and a highly valued member of the project team at I C Electrical Ltd - said: “I feel privileged to win this award, it is a great achievement. Like all the finalists at the event, I was secretly hoping I’d win, but the announcement took me by surprise!

“It’s great to know that all my hard work has been noticed and I’m pleased my parents and employers were able to be there to share the moment with me.”

Zak was joined at the ceremony by his parents, representatives from his employer, and his JTL Training Officer, Peter Bunting.

Managing Director of I C Electrical Ltd, Chris Emmerson, added “Zak may have only felt hopeful that he’d win - the standard was higher than ever this year - but we were confident he would! He’s been with us for five years and has matured into a very confident and competent young project manager, who is liked and respected in equal measure by his colleagues. He was an exceptional apprentice, who progressed quickly and is now managing projects, budgets, staff and profit targets. 

“We’re hopeful that Zak will continue to develop and grow within the company – the current senior management team isn’t getting any younger and we bring apprentices through the company specifically to fill our shoes. Zak’s an excellent example of how a young self-starter can achieve great things in a relatively short period of time, thanks to hard work and a positive attitude.

“We want to convey our deepest congratulations to Zak and feel that things can only get better with the same attitude and commitment he has shown to date.”

Check out all the photos from the JTL National Awards 2014/15 here.

Zak Gates, National Apprentice of the Year 2014/15

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