Stephanie chosen as winner of new apprentice award at SELECT ceremony

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  Posted by: electime      24th October 2018

The increasing role of women in the Scottish electrical industry was demonstrated last week (October 12) when they dominated a new award at the sector’s most important awards ceremony.

Not only was the Electrical Distributors’ Association (Scottish Section) Wholesaler Apprentice of the Year award, introduced just last year, won by Stephanie Thomson, but two of the other three finalists were also female.

The award, sponsored by EDA Apprenticeships Plus, who partner with the EDA to manage and deliver the Association’s apprenticeship programme, attracted a strong field, but Stephanie, of Stearn Electric Co Ltd (Glasgow), prevailed over Michelle Mitchell, of Rexel UK (Kirkcaldy), Megan Wedderburn, of Edmundson Electrical Ltd (Kirkcaldy) and Shaun Leslie, of Holland House Electrical Co Ltd  (Inverurie).

The award is being promoted by the EDA, which represents the electrical wholesale distribution industry within the UK and whose members account for some 80 per cent of the sector.

Stephanie said: “I am delighted to be chosen as Scotland’s Wholesaler Apprentice of the Year. It’s interesting that women were well represented in this award category, and I hope that my win will encourage others to consider the career opportunities offered by the wholesale sector.”

Darrell Matthews, SELECT Managing Director, said: “The wholesale side of the electrical sector is of vital importance, which is why SELECT and the EDA have worked closely on this Award The fact that three out of four finalists tonight were women shows that it is a career of significant promise.

“As in the wider sector, excellence in training is paramount if we are to maintain a throughput of talent and maintain the highest possible standards of service and provision.”

The award was presented by Alan Dunnet, a member of the EDA’s Board of Management and Chair of Holland House and John Henry, MD of EDA Apprenticeships Plus, at a gathering at the Radisson Blu in the centre of Glasgow on Friday night. (October 12)

The evening was hosted by Shereen Nanjiani, one of Scotland’s most popular radio and television personalities and wasattended by a wide range of companies, from major electrical enterprises to local firms, illustrating the diversity and strength of Scotland’s electrical sector.

Stephanie’s company, Stearn, was founded in 1924 and has grown into a well-established National Super Distributor serving the electrical industry with a network of dedicated, professional and well-trained staff.

Alan Wilson, Head of Membership and Communications at SELECT, said: “The EDA was established 104 years ago and has for more than a century provided an essential link between manufacturers of electro-technical products and the electricians who install them.

“Its training is second to none and this award, richly deserved by the winner Stephanie Thomson, recognises the contribution apprentices make to the sector as a whole.”

SELECT’s 1250 member companies account for around 90 per cent of all electrical installation work carried out in Scotland. They have a collective turnover of around £1 billion.

The organisation helps to shape the market environment by representing the industry to all levels of government and helps influence legislation to create industry conditions which enable member firms to provide a quality service and maintain profitability.