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First ‘John Curtis’ winners

Birchcroft has announced the winners of its inaugural John Curtis Award. Leigh Cooper, Sahid Kadir and Carl Prostbeschild successfully qualified as CORGI-registered gas engineers having completed free comprehensive training with Birchcroft. Each award was worth over £10,000, including pay for the duration of the course. The company will soon be starting the search for another trio. John Bishop, managing director of Birchcroft was delighted with the success of the first running of these awards. “We’re committed to continue helping address the shortage of highly skilled engineers in our industry – and we’ve learned a lot ourselves from this first programme. So we will certainly build on this when we identify the next worthy winners,” he said. Birchcroft director, Linda Curtis (pictured) – whose late husband is commemorated via the awards – is in no doubt that it is money well-spent. “It’s a lot for us at Birchcroft to invest, but we believe in helping secure the future skills base of our industry – and hope other companies are sharing that view.”