George named Apprentice of the Year
George Maynard from Leicester has been crowned the 2017 NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year.
The 25-year-old was one of eight competitors to reach the Grand Final, which took part at the headquarters of competition sponsor Scolmore Group in Tamworth on June 6th
George said: “I was shocked when they called my name out. I thought all the lads in the final produced some great work and they were all top guys. I think getting to the final was a great achievement to be honest. It’s a lovely way to round off all the hard work I have put in over the last three years.”
The finalists were put through a grueling day of challenges designed to assess their ability across a range of disciplines including testing, fault finding, conduit bending, tray manufacturing and safe isolation. This year’s final also included a Virtual Reality task followed by an interview with Certsure’s Technical Standards Director Alan Wells.
The winner and runners up were presented with their prizes during a ceremony and BBQ at the Belfry Hotel that evening. George was presented with a holiday voucher worth £2,000, runner up Michael Costello, 25 from Edinburgh received a holiday voucher worth £750, while third-placed Billy Stapleton, 20, from Essex received a £250 holiday voucher.
All eight finalists were given an engraved glass trophy, an iPad and a kit bag containing an array of Scolmore’s electrical accessories.
Handing over the prizes was Alan Wells, Technical and Standards Director at Certsure, Scolmore Group’s, Managing Director, Gary Mordue and star of TV’s DIY SOS Billy Byrne.
Alan said: “The standard of candidates has been very high this year and George is a very fitting winner.
“His level of skill and overall enthusiasm shone through and we wish him, and all of the other finalists the very best in their future careers.”
More than 400 young men and women entered this year’s competition which recognises the talents of the brightest electrical students in the UK. This year’s contest witnessed more entries from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and demonstrates the growing appeal of the competition.
Darren Staniforth, Technical Development Manager with NICEIC and ELECSA, was involved in the judging process. He commented: “We really wanted to test their ability to carry out a range of tasks that we feel all good, skilled apprentices should be able to do – along with some tests that they might not have been so comfortable with.
“It was tough choosing a winner but I am confident all of them will go on to have a successful career in the industry.”
George is currently studying at Leicester College whilst working for EDSB Fire and Security, who also win a year’s free registration with NICEIC as part of the overall prize.
Check out some of the pics from the day here