Presentation of this year’s Building Services Engineering Industry Training Awards took place in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on the evening of Monday 3 February.
B&ES was represented at the event – which was hosted by Bob Lane - of Roperhurst, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan - by immediate past-president Sue Sharp, chief executive Roderick Pettigrew and Steven Leighton, chief operating officer of managing agent and B&ES subsidiary Building Engineering Services Training.
In her address, Ms Sharp acknowledged that the building engineering services sector did seem, however tentatively, to be emerging from “the longest and deepest recession many of us have known.
“And it does seem that, in the not-too-distant future, we shall find ourselves complaining once again of skills shortages, and of a lack of competent individuals – at every level of the workforce – able to allow us fully to capitalise on the improving commercial environment,” Ms Sharp added.
It was to be hoped the firms that had carried on training throughout the bad times – “firms such as those that employ the apprentices we have come together to honour this evening” – would be in a position to grasp the opportunities as they arose, and so reap the benefit of their courageous investment.
“I have heard it said – even by people who ought to know better – that the concept of an ‘apprenticeship’ holds little appeal for many of today’s young people – that they view it as something old-fashioned and out of tune with way careers are fashioned in the contemporary world of work,” Ms Sharp pointed out.
“All I can say to that is that the commitment, dedication and single-mindedness displayed by our award-winners not only gives the lie to such theories – but will also stand them in excellent stead throughout their working lives.”
The First Year Heating and Ventilating Industrial/Commercial Apprentice Award was presented to Rhys Evans of Laing O’Rourke, Cardiff, and sponsored by Pegler Yorkshire.
The Second Year Heating and Ventilating Industrial/Commercial Apprentice Award was presented to Victoria Hackett of F P Hurley & Sons, Bridgend, Glamorgan, and sponsored by Pegler Yorkshire.
The Third Year Heating and Ventilating Industrial/Commercial Apprentice Award was presented to joint winners Adam Jury of Lorne Stewart and Rhys Yates of CMB Engineering, both of Cardiff, and sponsored by Drain Center, part of Wolseley UK.
The Fourth Year Heating and Ventilating Industrial/Commercial Apprentice Award was presented to Chris Carmody of Whitehead Building Services, Newport, Gwent, and sponsored by Drain Center.
The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprentice Award was presented to joint winners Kyle Engstrom of Four Seasons Maintenance, Cardiff, and Dave Thomas of T&J Installations, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, and sponsored by Cardiff and Vale College.
The Electrical Installation Apprentice Award was presented to Eleanor Davies of M&M’s Electrical, Swansea, and sponsored by Cardiff and Vale College.
The Building Services Engineer Award was presented to Keiran Swift of Ecofit Energy Systems, Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan, and sponsored by Pier Consulting.
The Adult Learner Award was presented to James Pearson of CMB Engineering, Cardiff, and sponsored by Pier Consulting.