Zak Gates West Midland Winner

05 December 2014     JTL

Zak Gates, aged 22 of I C Electrical Ltd in Burton on Trent, has been named JTL Apprentice of the Year 2014 for the West Midlands. His win, which saw him beat off stiff competition from five other finalists, was announced at an awards ceremony held at JTL’s National Centre of Excellence on Wednesday 26th November. The event was attended by guest speaker Bill Beaumont, ex-captain of the England rugby team, Question of Sport quiz show captain and current Chairman of the Rugby Football Union.

Zak, who is a young project engineer and a valued member of the project team at I C Electrical Ltd, will now represent the West Midlands region at a national event held in London in February 2015. The event will see JTL’s seven regional winners from across England and Wales come together to discover who is the overall JTL Apprentice of the Year 2014.

JTL currently has nearly 570 apprentices on courses in the West Midlands.

Having proved himself to be an excellent apprentice, Zak passed all his City and Guilds exams with distinction at Loughborough College. He is currently working towards a Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, sponsored by his employer, I C Electrical Ltd, an electrical engineering and contracting firm established in 1986 and offering a broad range of services to companies in the brewing, food processing, pharmaceutical and beauty industries. Zak has latterly gained experience managing large industrial projects within the bio-mass and process industries.

“I’m so pleased to have won the JTL award,” says Zak, who attended the awards with his family, and I C Electrical bosses Chris Emmerson (Managing Director) and Ian Caswell (Health and Safety Manager). “It’s fantastic to be recognised for what I’ve done and to be able to repay – in a very small way - all the support I’ve had from my employer, my parents and friends. It’s hard work and you need everyone’s support while you’re training and studying, but I’m also really grateful to Pete Bunting, my Training Officer at JTL. He really puts in the hours to help his apprentices, often meeting the lads early in the morning to help them review their portfolios or to deal with any issues or concerns. I’d like to dedicate this award to him.”

Chris Emmerson of I C Electrical Ltd adds: “Zak stood out from the crowd from the beginning. He’s a very capable and motivated young man, who proved his abilities on site throughout his four year apprenticeship. He’s now developing his experience and is working in an office-based role, working on CAD drawings, quotes and certifications. Congratulations to him on his well-deserved success! We wish him a long and happy career here at ICE.”

The six nominees were put forward, along with other candidates, by their JTL Training Officers. Each was then selected following a series of interviews and theory tests.

Director of Operations for JTL, Caroline Turner, rounded up proceedings, saying: “To get to the regional final is a significant achievement. The success of these five apprentices is well worth celebrating and we wish them the very best in their future careers.”

Zak Gates, aged 22 of I C Electrical Ltd in Burton on Trent

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