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  Posted by: electime      31st May 2018

James Taylor from Cumbria has been nominated as a finalist in this year’s NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year Awards.

James is currently working for Bainbridge Electrical Limited in Kendal as part of his apprenticeship training and with leading work-based training company JTL who is assessing him to obtain his NVQ level 3, which allows him to obtain his JIB card. To-date he has completed his Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation and the Level 3 award in the requirements for electrical installations.

He is one of eight finalists from more than 600 apprenticeships that applied for the awards that recognise the talents of electrical apprentices across the UK.

James has already competed in two stages of the wards which began in October 2017. The first stage of the contest was an online exam comprising of a variety of questions relating to electrical installations.

The top 20% of performing apprentices then progressed to stage two which was a written hour and a half examination held across eight locations in the UK. In June he will take part in a series of practical tests at the competition sponsor Scolmore’s headquarters before the winner is announced on the 5th June at the Belfry Golf Course in Sutton Coldfield.

James JTL training officer is Steve Maddison: “James shows a good knowledge of the electrical industry, the requirements of Health & Safety and I know he is a valued member of the team at Bainbridge Electrical, where he has been employed for the past three years. He’s been working on large industrial and commercial type installations around the country for his employers.”

As a finalist, James has already won an iPad with a host of other prizes up for grabs including a £2000 holiday voucher for the winner, which can be spent on a trip of the winner’s choice. There is also a £750 holiday voucher for the runner up and a £250 voucher for third place.

JTL’s business development manager for the North West is John Cramphorn: “James is following in the footsteps of a number of young people from this region that have qualified for major awards in the electrical industry in recent years and we wish him all the best for the final part of these awards. We await the announcement on June 5th and hope we might see James as 2018 Apprentice of the Year in these Awards. He’s worked extremely hard to get this far and we’re all rooting for him!”