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Trainees honoured by B&ES specialist groups

Four apprentices have been recognised at the Annual General Meetings and Conference of the B&ES specialist groups.

The eventh was held, for the fifth year in succession, at Trinity House in the City of London.

Joseph Bamber of E Poppleton & Son, Colwyn Bay, was named Harry Hobbs Ductwork Trainee of the Year – an honour which was achieved in previous years by both his father and his elder brother.

Ryan Burke – of DMA Mechanical and Air Conditioning Ltd, Gillingham, Kent – secured the Craft Trainee of the Year Award, which is sponsored by the Heating & Plumbing Services (HAPS) Group.

The Harry Decker Award for top refrigeration and air conditioning trainee went to Jonathan Curtis of Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, based in Cambridge.

The Service & Facilities Group’s Richard Bostel Service Technician of the Year Award was won by James Hounslow of London-based major contractor Gratte Brothers.

The awards were presented by guest speaker Justin Webb of Radio 4’s flagship Today programme, and B&ES president Bob Shelley.

During the event, a Ductwork Group Long Service Award was presented to Barry Pollard of Bradford-based Mansfield Pollard & Co, who served as group chairman from 2005 to 2008.

This was the first presentation of the annual specialist group awards to be undertaken since the adoption of the B&ES – Building & Engineering Services Association – identity by the former HVCA in March of this year.