What a fantastic year for our Group apprenticeship scheme!  Back in July, we were announced winner in the 2016 Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo Apprenticeship Awards.  Then at the end of October, one of our young apprentices was runner-up in the prestigious Electrical Industry Awards, Apprentice of the Year category. 

With great credit to the Ford Electrical team, we were first announced a winner in the 2016 Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo Apprenticeship Awards, Small Employer of the Year.   

Sponsored by Gloucestershire College, the annual awards celebrate the best and brightest apprentices in the county and culminated in a glittering awards’ evening at the renowned Cheltenham Racecourse in July.

“We were absolutely delighted," said Ford Electrical operations director, Jack England, himself a former apprentice.  "For the last 10 years, we have taken on one apprentice each year, but this year we further increased the number of apprentices recruited annually to two.  We thought it was a good time to submit an awards entry and were thrilled to be a winner. 

Up next was the prestigious industry 2016 Electrical Industry Awards.

At just 19, we entered George Anderson who is three years into his four year NVQ Level 3 apprenticeship in Electro Technical Services.

Announced just last week at an evening ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel in London, George was Highly Commended in a closely fought competition.  

Operations director, Jack England describes George as an ‘outstanding’ apprentice and is full of praise.

“In my ten years at Ford Electrical, I have not seen such a committed and exceptional apprentice as George and I had no hesitation in putting him forward for this award.  Throughout his apprenticeship, he has demonstrated a commendable 100% college attendance, always going that extra mile to complete every task set.  Attention to detail and in particular, George’s overall performance in the workplace has been noted on a regular basis by our external assessor and national training provider, JTL Training.     

Peter Heming, Managing Director of the Heming Group, of which Ford Electrical is part of, is also a firm believer in the value of apprenticeships.

“You can definitely nurture a willing spirit and George is a case in point.  You don’t have to go to university to get ahead in life and George’s success to date shows just what an important role he will undoubtedly play in the future of our business.”

Since its launch in 1991, Ford Electrical continues to excel in state-of-the-art, modern electrical project design, installation and maintenance for commercial and industrial projects across the midlands and beyond.